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LeBron scores 23 points in less than six minutes in Heat’s win over Hornets (VIDEO)

Mar 30, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

LeBron James turned in a special performance during the first half of the Heat’s blowout win in New Orleans on Friday, pouring in 23 of his 36 points in a span that lasted less than six minutes.

James began his assault with three straight three-pointers near the end of the first period, and followed it up with three more from beyond the arc (and a foot-on-the-line two) early in the second. There was a free throw and a jumper inside 15 feet sprinkled in there too, as Miami’s lead reached 20 points with just over eight minutes to play in the first half by the time the run was through.

It was one of those rare instances where a player was so on fire that even his teammates didn’t quite know how to react to what they were watching.

“I was glad I was on the bench, so I could watch the show,” Dwyane Wade said, via Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com. “When a guy’s hitting like that, you don’t want to say much to him. In a sense, you don’t know what to do. You don’t know if you should leave him alone, dap him up. I don’t know. I just stayed away from him.”

  1. angelcastro1120 - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I wonder how long it’ll take to get the “refs gave LeBron that scoring barrage” comments. Interesting to hear what cantonbound’s take is.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      The #1 arrogant NY a$$hole isn’t coming onto this blog.

  2. steelers4385 - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    I hate the guys face, but man does he know how to light it up

  3. money2long - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    hm 23 points in 6 minutes? i dunno, i need to see a lil bit more from this lebron guy. is he really that good? i need to see him play well a bit longer than one night to believe in his talent.

    said the alien

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      Well played

  4. ranoversquarells - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Score all you want, but you know you’ll never be as good as Kobe let alone MJ …

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      Liar.

  5. acdc363 - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    dude is insane

  6. DonRSD - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    He is better than MJ at this point of their careers and will be the GOAT when it’s all said and done.

    Rings make Kobe better lol – then Russell is better than Jordan. Gimme a break.

    • davidly - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Actually, at this point in his career Jordan had not only been better statistically (higher fg%, better ast/to ratio, higher steal & blk avg), but he had three NBA Finals MVP Awards, and was playing minor league baseball. So LBJ has a bit of work cut out for him to be the GBJFR (greatest before Jordan’s first retirement), let alone all-time.

      He is awfully good, though.

  7. 13arod - Mar 30, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    how does money2long not no who lebron is if you follow nba

  8. chrismt79 - Mar 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    From a statistical standpoint, we can obviously argue and see who was “better” or just further along in their respective careers. But do stats and rings tell the whole story of who’s the “better” all around player? Comparing the talent surrounding each at this point, Jordan definitely had a better team for a longer period of time. Also, Lebron made Mo Williams’s an All Star (and other look like they were). Jordan without a doubt was vicious on both ends of the floor. And he developed the killer instinct and ability to close out games earlier than Lebron. Lebron hadn’t even finished a 4th quarter basically until the playoffs in Cleveland simply due to closing games out early. But when it’s all said and done, the level Leborn has willed his way to learn to play, I would be surprised if he doesn’t finish with 6-7 rings regardless his supporting cast. I do not believe Jordan could have done what Lebron does by making his team better, while still defending any spot. He’s a rare talent, and while both amazing in their own rights, if I had to build my team around a player and didn’t know who my remaing 4 other players would be, I’d chose Lebron. At least you’d know you’ll have a chance against any team, regardless of size, and not just do it by out scoring them.

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