King James lit up his former team.
He looked unguardable. LeBron James stepped onto the floor at American Airlines Arena and put on a show. The four-time NBA MVP won his first two championships with the Miami back in 2012 and 2013 after forming the big three with him, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Those baskets seemed so familiar to James because he could not miss. He scored 28 of his 51 points in the first half of play and kept his foot on the gas for the entire ball game.
“It’s always great to be here,” said the three-time Finals MVP. James embraced a number of people with hugs before the game began. “We had some not so good times, we had more great times, so it’s always a respect factor and a love for the people in Miami and especially the people who work here.” James tallied 48 points heading into the final 20 seconds. With the clock winding down, he was challenged by teammate Lance Stevenson to go for 51.
“I bet you won’t go for the 3,” said Stevenson. LeBron stepped back to launch a deep 3-pointer to give himself 51 points on the night. He shot 61 percent from the field, nailing six three-pointers in the process.
James has the team rolling. The Lakers have won 5 of their last 6 games. Prior to Saturday’s road loss to the Magic, the Lakers were on a four-game winning streak. On Wednesday James will make his return back home to Cleveland. It will be Lebron’s first game back since joining the Lakers this summer, one of two meetings between the teams. The Cavs will play the Lakers in LA on Christmas Day as well.
From inside AND out. 💪
LeBron dropped 51 (6 3PM) in Miami tonight! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/fSC92hV9UP
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) November 19, 2018
👑 Fifty-piece for the King 👑
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 19, 2018