Posted March 26, 2013

Heat with 27th straight as LeBron James dunks all over Magic

Ben Golliver, Beno Udrih, LeBron James, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic

By Ben Golliver

The Heat’s 108-94 win over the Magic on Monday night in Orlando wasn’t exactly the most difficult victory of their 27-game winning streak.

Even without Dwyane Wade, who sat for the second straight game to rest his knee, Miami easily dispatched an Orlando team that pushed the Heat to the final seconds of their 16th straight win back on March 6. The Magic were missing Hedo Turkoglu (steroid suspension), Glen Davis (foot), Nikola Vucevic (concussion) and Arron Afflalo (hamstring), and their remaining pieces simply didn’t have enough to contend with LeBron James, who finished with 24 points (on nine-for-16 shooting), 11 assists, nine rebounds and one steal in 39 minutes.

James and the Heat were once again guilty of coasting for stretches of the first half but they pushed out to a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, opening up the bag of highlight tricks in the process.

With a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the game, Norris Cole took off in transition, leading a two-on-one break with James as Beno Udrih tried to get back, hedging away from the ball in hopes of guarding both players at once. Taking advantage of the resulting open path to the basket, Cole went to the rim but then opted at the last minute to loft up an alley-oop to James, who finished it with authority as his midsection knocked Udrih out of the way. This was’t exactly James’ bulldozing of Jason Terry, but it was still emphatic.

Was it even his best dunk of the night? See below and judge for yourself.

Miami improved its league-best record to 56-14. The Heat went four-for-four through an easy patch of games over the last week, defeating the Cavaliers, Pistons, Bobcats, and Magic, who together are the four worst teams in the Eastern Conference. Aside from a wacky game in Cleveland, there wasn’t a whole lot of drama. Now just six games away from tying the 1971-72 Lakers at 33 straight wins, the Heat head to the United Center to face the Bulls on Wednesday night. Chicago, still without a rehabbing Derrick Rose, is just 4-5 over its last nine games, although they have won two in a row.

Here’s James’ other big dunking effort from Monday. He got loose with a little over two minutes remaining in the third quarter, taking a feed from Mario Chalmers in a slow-developing transition opportunity and flying to the rim with one dribble to throw down a hammer. Nobody got in the way on this one.

Bottom video via YouTube user NBA

10 comments
Ball_or_Nuthin
Ball_or_Nuthin

It's exciting.  No need to bag on LeBron for doing what he's supposed to do.  Dude is putting in work.

dgreese
dgreese

Florida Gulf Coast > Lebron

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @NemanjaRasic And the legend grows every time he jumps over the smallest guy on the floor.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

 @JoeCabot  @NemanjaRasic Pretty sure the legend grows by leading his team to eleventy billion wins in a row and counting.

 

Nice try, though.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @leehwgoc  Eleventy billion has been done numerous times.  Getting win number eleventy billion and one has always been the hard part.

cudall
cudall

 @Action  @JoeCabot  @Yeah I Said It So What? In case you missed it, this story/thread is about LeBron's dunk that so-called "posterized" Udrih. JoeCabot is exactly right. The media is crowing about LeBron's ability to dunk on a guy 7 inches shorter than him in a 2-on-1 fast break. Good for him but he only did what should be expected (score on the much smaller defender), yet everyone acts like it's the greatest achievement in the world.

In truth, it's pathetic.

Action
Action

 @JoeCabot  @Yeah I Said It So What? I think leading a team to 27 wins in a row (and counting) and almost assuredly a second NBA championship after winning his second gold medal is the legend we're talking about.  I think we all knew he can dunk.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @Yeah I Said It So What?  A hater?  Really?  My god, some of you people have thin skin.  Just an observer watching you guys get ga-ga over LBJ because he can dunk on guys 6" shorter than he is, and this when the guys are stuck in a one-on-two defensive position.   The guy is the best player in the league but dunking on Beno Udrih and Jason Terry when they have no help is hardly the stuff of legends.