(Sports Network) - To say LeBron James is on fire is an understatement.
The reigning and three-time NBA MVP is shooting 71.4 percent from the field in
his last five games and will lead the Miami Heat into the finale of a five-
game homestand Tuesday versus the Portland Trail Blazers.
James has set a franchise record with five straight games with at least 30
points and 60 percent shooting from the floor. He joined Hall of Famers Adrian
Dantley and Moses Malone as the only NBA players to score that many points and
shoot at least 60 percent five straight times.
No player in NBA history has accomplished the feat in six straight games.
"I go out and just play my game. I take the shots that are there," James said
after Sunday's 107-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. "If a guy's up on me I
try to drive, a guy backs up I shoot. However the game is played I try to take
its course. Offensively I'm just comfortable. I'm confident in my ability and
the best thing about it is my teammates allow me to do that."
James had 32 points and Dwyane Wade recorded 30 versus the Lakers, while Chris
Bosh posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards for the Heat, who
have won five straight and 10 of 12 games. Miami also has ripped off seven
straight wins at home and is 22-3 in south Florida.
"We're happy that we're able to go out and play good ball no matter who it's
against," James said. "We understand that we have another really good team
coming into our building on Tuesday in Portland and we look forward to that
The Blazers held James to 15 points in a 92-90 victory on Jan. 10 this season
from the Rose Garden. Portland has won seven of the past 10 meetings with
Miami, and the last four encounters in south Florida.
After Tuesday's game with Portland, the Heat will embark on a four-game road
swing against Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia. Miami, which
is 18-5 against the West this season, is just one win away from 1,000 in team
history, going 999-969 (.508).
Portland will continue its six-game road trip on the shores of Biscayne Bay
and is just 1-3 on the trek.
The Blazers were last in action during a 110-104 setback to the lowly Orlando
magic, who halted a 12-game losing streak in the process. All-Star LaMarcus
Aldridge saw his career-best seven consecutive double-doubles streak come to
an end, finishing with 25 points and six rebounds. Aldridge, though, has made
at least 11 field goals in four straight games.
Nicolas Batum contributed 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists for
Portland, which has dropped three in a row and four of six games.
"I thought the Magic played harder, they outplayed us at both ends," said
Portland coach Terry Stotts. "They deserved to win, they executed well."
Stotts' club will close out the sojourn at New Orleans Wednesday and is only
8-18 away from the Pacific Northwest.
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