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LeBron James of the Miami Heat played up to his cyborgian standard last week in the two games it took the Heat to oust the Charlotte Bobcats from the postseason.
James was utterly dominant, leading all players in scoring, averaging 30.5 points on .541 shooting. He added 7.5 assists, 8.5 boards and 2.5 steals. Meanwhile, his counterpart for the Bobcats, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, scored just 3.5 points on .300 shooting.
That 28-point disparity exceeds the scoring average, period, of any other player this week. That’s the kind of performance you expect from the best player in the world intent on his winning his third straight title.
After closing the series, James said, "We got tested by a young, scrappy Bobcats team. We responded with a championship-type attitude," per The Associated Press' Steve Reed.
Paul George has been the one consistent factor for the otherwise struggling Indiana Pacers. He averaged 24.7 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists last week. His productivity was also efficient, as he shot .500 from the field and .450 from deep.
Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers, who is seemingly always flying under the radar, has had another star-caliber performance passed over by the mass media. His 22.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists make him one of only five players who averaged 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in a series last week. The other four—James, Harden, Lillard and Westbrook—were all in the All-Star game this year.