As if being bigger, stronger and faster than just about every other basketball player on the planet wasn't enough of an advantage, LeBron James has stopped missing shots as well.
To the rest of the NBA, good luck with that.
The Los Angeles Lakers were the latest opponent to fail to keep James under 30 and do much to trouble his shots. For the fifth straight game, James scored 30 points or more, setting a franchise record. For the fifth straight game, he also shot over 60 percent from the field. Only two other players in NBA history have done that, Moses Malone and Adrian Dantley.
Against Kobe Bryant's weary Lakers, James finished with 32 points (12-18 from the field), seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. He did so with the incredible plays that while may be routine for him at this point of his career, they're always fun to watch.
"Don't take it for granted," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. "He's making greatness look easy."
In the first quarter, with Metta World Peace defending him in the left corner, James kept it simple. The other four Miami players stood on the opposite side of the court and watched James burst past World Peace along the baseline. With every other Lakers player drawn away from the hoop, James threw down a vicious one-handed dunk.
James authored another pair of highlights in crunch time after Los Angeles cut Miami's lead to five in the fourth quarter. First, a turnover led to a monster alley-oop from Norris Cole to the three-time MVP. Just a few minutes later, James came up with one of his three steals and went coast to coast, capping the fast break with another one-handed slam. Watch the video below.