Hot-shooting LeBron James sets NBA mark
On Tuesday, LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to score 30 points and shoot at least 60 percent in six straight games.
MIAMI — It's not the type of streak that LeBron James ever thought about, this run of putting together at least 30 points and 60 percent shooting in six straight games.
Still, it's something he'll savor. He's rolling right now, and so is the Miami Heat.
James scored 30 points on 11-for-15 shooting to get into the NBA record books, Chris Bosh scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Heat wound up beating the Portland Trail Blazers 117-104 in a wild, momentum-swinging game on Tuesday night.
It was the 1,000th regular-season win in Heat history. But on this night, the only history anyone will remember was what James accomplished.
"I'm at a loss for words," James said. "Like I say over and over, I know the history of the game. I know how many unbelievable players who came through the ranks, who paved the way for me and my teammates. And for me to be in the record books by myself with such a stat — any stat — it's big-time."
Ray Allen added 14 points for Miami.
James has made 66 of his past 92 shots over the past six games — and is an absurd 60 for 80, or 75 percent, in his last 188 minutes of court time. According to the Heat, only Adrian Dantley and Moses Malone had done the 30-point, 60-percent streak in five straight outings before James joined their club.
"That's why he is who he is," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "The best player in the game."
• Dwight Howard had 19 points and 18 rebounds and the host Lakers survived Kobe Bryant's bizarre four-point performance for their eighth win in 11 games, 91-85 over Phoenix.
• Rudy Gay hit a pullup jump shot with less than five seconds remaining and the Toronto Raptors beat the short-handed Denver Nuggets 109-108.
• Al Jefferson scored 23 points, Paul Millsap had 18 and the host Utah Jazz beat Oklahoma City 109-94 to break the Thunder's four-game winning streak. The Thunder committed 20 turnovers.
• Jeremy Lin finished with 14 points and 10 assists to help visiting Houston in a 116-107 win over his former team, Golden State, for the second time in eight days.
• Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season. Barbosa has averaged 5.2 points in 41 games.
• Bulls star Derrick Rose still has no target date for his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and he even indicated he might sit out the season.
• Delonte West hasn't joined the Texas Legends more than two weeks after the NBA Development League team acquired his rights. West was picked up by the affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 25, though Mavericks owner Mark Cuban flatly ruled out a return to the team that suspended the veteran guard twice in two weeks. West, who has bipolar disorder, was a valuable role player for Dallas last season.
"He's got a big heart and deserves a second chance with someone," Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. "He needs to play, whether it's here or overseas."
West has apparently even disappeared from Twitter, once a frequent outlet for him.
• Danny Granger, the leading scorer for Indiana the past five years, could play for the first time this season Wednesday night against Charlotte. Granger has been recovering from patellar tendinosis in his left knee.