Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The NBA Most Valuable Player award won’t be given out for months, but there is little doubt that Miami Heat superstar LeBron James is playing at a level no one in the league can come close to matching.
James, who won the MVP award last year, has been shooting at a record level in recent games and put up the first five consecutive 30 point games for the Heat in team history with Sunday’s victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
As James has continued to elevate his game, it’s worth noting just how amazing his recent play has been for the Heat.
Normally, a player shooting a little over 50 percent for several consecutive games is enough to generate a buzz. But LeBron has shot 72 percent from the field over his last five games on 55-77 shooting.
Yes, 72 percent!
James’ five straight games with at least 30 points made him just the third player in NBA history to score that many points and shoot at least 60 percent in five straight contests.
“Don’t take it for granted,” Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He’s making greatness look easy.”
During the recent five-game stretch, LeBron has averaged 31 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 6 assists per game. In that stretch, he’s shot 13-14 in one game and 9-11 in another.
It’s gotten to the point where AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds sent out a tweet on Sunday when LeBron missed a shot jokingly calling it an AP News Alert.
Not only has James taken his game to new heights, he’s bringing teammate Dwyane Wade along as well. Wade had 30 of the quietest points you’ll see in Sunday’s Lakers game while also shooting 12-18 from the field.
Over the same span of five games, Wade is averaging 24.8 points, six rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game. The Heat has also won five straight games and six of their last seven. In fact, Miami has lost just three games since January 10 to Utah, Indiana, and Boston.
Still, LeBron’s ability to seemingly take his game to heights never seen before in the NBA are once again proving that while other players like Kevin Durant are superstars, there’s only one MVP and that’s King James.