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Three Stars of the Night: LeBron makes history

Feb 13, 2013, 1:36 AM EDT

Miami Heat's LeBron James chews his mouthpiece during timeout against the Portland Trail Blazers in their NBA game in Miami

It seems like we should just rename this the LeBron James and two other guys of the night award, given the tear the league’s reigning MVP has been on over the last six games. We’ll get to that shortly, but first, a couple of other performances that are more than worth mentioning.

Third Star: Dwight Howard (19 points, 18 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, 41 minutes in win over Suns)

Dwight has been at the center of the Lakers firestorm recently, for reasons that are partially justified and some that are not. But he came through on this night, and seemed to be actively working to have better on-court chemistry with Steve Nash. On a night where Kobe Bryant didn’t even take a shot until three and a half minutes had gone by in the third quarter, and didn’t make one until there were just over two minutes remaining in the game, L.A. needed someone else to step up offensively, and Howard did that in this one.

Second Star: Rudy Gay (17 points in 25 minutes, including the game-winner)

The Raptors lost a ton of close, heart-wrenching games in the first part of the season, largely because they didn’t have anyone they could give the ball to with the game on the line who could be counted on to produce in the clutch. After trading for Gay, Toronto seems to have found someone to fill that role. It was already the second time since joining the Raptors that Gay has come through with a game-winning shot.

First Star: LeBron James (30 points, nine assists, 11-15 shooting, NBA record set)

LeBron continued his insane shooting run on Tuesday, and did so to the point where he made history. He became the first player ever to score 30 or more points in six straight games, while shooting better than 60 percent from the field in each. During that six-game stretch, James has managed to shoot 66-85 from the field, good for a blistering mark of 77.6 percent. Simply ridiculous.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    I can’t believe my friend used to try to argue who was better kobe or LeBron I mean this guy is just a beast. the stupid arguement always ended with rings now it’s not even close LeBron is the best player ever to play the courts and he’s 28 10 years from now when he has 5 mvps a couple of rings about 8 acorig titles people are gonna realize just how great it was to see him play

    • nbascreed - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:42 AM

      You’re being a prisoner of the moment bro. LBJ is dope, no doubt and I’m his biggest fan. But Kobe was real from about 2003-2008 and would give LBJ all he wanted during his prime. Yes, their games are different and LBJ is more rounded but at the height of his athleticism Kobe was tops bar none and his intensity and focus (two incredible important traits amongst successful people of all stripes) were unmatched by his contemporaries.

      • nbascreed - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        27 thumbs down and counting??? This is the worst board ever! There’s like 10% of the people on this board who know hoops intimately and offer cogent analysis…the other 90% are meatball fans who wear replica jerseys while cheering on their favorite team from the couch…ha!

        Anyone who disagrees with the fact that Kobe was real from 2003-2007 and would rival Lebron if their primes aligned is delusional. Seriously.

      • saintlaron - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        You’re a prisoner of the past.

  2. progress2011 - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    “FUNDAMENTALLY” the best player since MJ !

    Number of rings typically are a reflection of TEAM play. One team has a better coach, defense, offense and TEAM chemistry.

    Conversely, if this team continues to improve, LBJ’s individual dominance will help his team obtain more rings.

    BUT this guy is in a league of his own “FUNDAMENTALLY” – scoring, assists, rebounds and overall versatility / having the ability to play 4 out of 5 positions on the floor effectively!

    P.S. He really can dominate all 5 positions, if the opposing team has a smallish or inexperienced center.

  3. hannsta - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Not to say LeBron isnt playing amazingly, but this is a pretty benign stat. Who set the record for most games above 25 points and 65% shooting, or 35 points and 50% shooting? Its a sign he is playing great, but there are millions of other stats like this you can put together. I bet he is shattering the record for player with the most points while wearing a headband 2 inches above his ears.

    • mannyfresh209 - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:36 AM

      Grab a SNICKERS, hannsta.

      • hannsta - Feb 13, 2013 at 4:50 AM

        You knew about and cared about this record before LeBron broke it?

  4. jordanismyidol - Feb 13, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    Thats why hes the KING!

  5. dls612 - Feb 13, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    Forget about the fact of him breaking some record that I know he really don’t care about, but this dude is a beast and he has his teammates playing well and thats what’s important! He’s playing freely without pressure and he’s having fun which sucks for the other teams around the league!

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 13, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    Oh, and by the way; he’s the best defensive player in the game.

    And maybe the best passer too.

  7. ironyisadeadscene - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Lebron is playing great, there’s no doubt but this is just a frivolous record. No one will remember it beyond this week.

    • eltrilliardo - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      What record?

  8. alfiemonstaa - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    LOL are you guys serious??? Ive liked lebron way before his prime and now that he won a ring you guys give him the praise like if you are #1 fans! lmbo! typical nba hypocrite fans. pbt writes an article about LBJ everyday geeez we get it! hes good! BUT HE AINT NO MJ so let it go. btw its MJ WEEK!

    scrubs smh

    • eltrilliardo - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      You like Lebron before his prime? You and every other schmoe out there. It only became a “thing” to NOT like him after the Decision.

      I, on the other hand, can say that I’ve hated this guy since I first saw him. I just don’t like the way he rocks his face.

      A million championships wouldn’t change it. He’s a turd. And in these days of blogs and 24/7 news networks, he is an over-discussed turd.

      • alfiemonstaa - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        you hating a good basketball player just means you hate the art of basketball, your clearly watching the game for the wrong reasons! whether the decision was bad or not he still gave the profits from it to a charity so whats the prob there? oh i forgot its about pleasing ppl LOL hes not DWIGHT!

      • southbeachtalent - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        “I just don’t like the way he rocks his face.”

        The description of a life-less hater.. Spend your energy on anything else.

      • robones - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        You are obviously NOT a basketball fan. I understand you may not like him personally, individually, his image, or his persona but if you are a REAL basketball fan there is no way you can’t hate this guy! Even if he is in the opposing team, the things he does its just amazing.

        Stick to hockey bro and get off these basketball forums since your main priority is personality likeness.

  9. robones - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    The record does not matter. The record is actually second to his real feat: Shooting 66-85 from the field, for 77.6 percent!!! Guys, this is against professional NBA players who are doing their best to stop this guy! I bet 98.5% of you cannot even shoot 60% from the field in a pick up game of basketball let alone by yourself in a shoot around.

    Stop comparing this guy to Kobe!!!! There has never been anyone like LBJ EVER in the league. Kobe is was great and fun to watch in his prime but never, never did he even come close to being a COMPLETE NBA player. This is what sets LBJ apart. He is the only player in the history of the NBA to be as close to a complete basketball player the game has ever had the grace to have. Kobe has never had the physical capability to guard 1-5 positions. Like Lebron said, “He’s a scorer, he’s always been a scorer” He’s never been balanced. Kobe’s game was been 100% shaped by Michael Jordan’s way of playing. Lebron on the other hand, is paving his own very unique way of playing the game of basketball that we HAVE never seen before.

    Enjoy LBJ while we have him. His talents are rare and it may be decades before we come across similar talent like his again. Let’s not take his achievements for granted because there is no debate, there is no shadow of a doubt, he is THE MOST COMPLETE BASKETBALL player to play the game and he is right now the best basketball player walking on the face of the planet.

    I am just happy he plays for the Heat!! =D

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      Just like Lebron said today on Twitter. “I’m not MJ. I’m LJ”. MJ has more hardware (for now). MJs career is more complete (for now). MJ had better image control (forever). But Lebron is all around better. It’s not even close actually.

      Can you imagine trying to stop Lebron with Joe Dumars? Joe Dumars? Joe Dumars was considered the best defensive “force” agains Michael and Joe Dumars was 6’3! Craig Ehlo? Byron Russell? Good luck.

      If MJ was playing now, come crunch time he wouldn’t be facing the Dumars/Ehlos of the world. He’d be going against a guy bigger, stronger, faster and (just as if not) smarter.

      Remember how LeBron made Derrick Rose look like a 9th grader in the ECFs in 2011? That’s kind of what we’re talking about. And that was when LeBron was considered “disappointing”.

      And then when you turn it around, you really want the 6’6 215lb MJ guarding the 6’8 250lb LeBron? You didn’t put MJ on crappy Rick Mahorn, so can you imagine putting MJ on an insanely skilled Rick Mahorn? I think not.

      And the passing. And the ball handling (MJ’s was really good too). And the rebounding. And the shot blocking. And the helping….. I mean, it’s not really fair to put Michael Jordan against this guy. Compare MJ to Magic, Larry, Oscar, Kobe, Elgin, and the rest of the guys 3-10, and MJ is the best ever.

    • borderline1988 - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      I agree 100%.

      Although I think Kevin Durant could start putting up these stats too in a couple of years. Durant’s all-around game is improving substantially, and he’s starting to put up rebound numbers, and even assist numbers (even though he;s not the primary ballhandler in OKC that Lebron is in Miami).

      And Durant’s offensive game is smoother than Lebron’s, so it’s possible he could match Lebron’s scoring efficiency (he’s not that far behind right now).

    • ironyisadeadscene - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      I’m all for hyperbole but until he breaks the following numbers, I can’t consider him the most complete basketball player to ever the game (granted you didn’t say “to ever play the game” but that’s how it came off to me):

      25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 5,000 assists, 1,500 blocks, and 1,500 steals over the course of his career.

      Garnett’s career milestones.

      Just sayin’

  10. southbeachtalent - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    “He became the first player ever to score 30 or more points in six straight games, while shooting better than 60 percent from the field in each. During that six-game stretch, James has managed to shoot 66-85 from the field, good for a blistering mark of 77.6 percent. Simply ridiculous.”

    Pretty damn impressive for a choker huh? No one, I mean no one has ever done what LBJ is doing. Can’t believe he’s on my team…

  11. davidly - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Dude’s phenomenal, no doubt, but this “record” consists of such arbitrarily sought out factors that it smacks of hype-marketing. In twenty years fans may still be debating MJ vs. LBJ, but no one–and I mean NO ONE–is going to be talking about what some player did for six straight games.

    • borderline1988 - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      True, but shooting 77% and over 30ppg over a meaningful stretch is something truly remarkable, which I don’t think even MJ could even come close to accomplishing. It’s actually totally insane that a perimeter player could do that – it’s something the NBA has never seen and there’s a good chance we will never see a perimeter player do this again.

      This isn’t necessarily about the record..obviously no one will be quoting this record in 10 years. But in terms of defining Lebron and what he could do…this stretch of games says it all.

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