James inspires Miami Heat to victory despite protective face wear
The Miami Heat’s LeBron James ignored the fact he had to wear a protective face mask as he scored 31 points to lead his side to a 108-82 win over the New York Knicks on Thursday.
The Heat maintained a huge 12.5 game lead in the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division ahead of the Washington Wizards, who had a triple-overtime road win against the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors.
James was clearly unencumbered by the mask, hitting 13 of 19 shots and topping 30 points for the fifth consecutive game.
Slam dunk: James dunks the ball past New York Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire
Don’t look back in anger: James did not let the fact he was wearing a mask impact on his performance
James had to wear the protective mask after he broke his nose in last Thursday in a victory at Oklahoma City.
Fortunately for the defending champions, the reigning League and Finals MVP missed just one game, a win against the Chicago Bulls.
Speaking ahead of the game, James said the mask was hot, uncomfortable and prone to fogging up.
He joked: ‘I’ve been talking to Marvel Comics for the last couple of days, and DC Comics, to try to come up with one of the greatest masks of all time. So we’ll see what happens.’
Back to the game and Dwyane Wade added 23, shooting 10 of 13 from the field for the Heat, who outscored New York 23-3 over the final 7:02 and won their sixth straight game. Miami shot 61 percent from the field, while the Knicks shot just 37 percent.
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points for New York, but none in the final 21:38. The Knicks won only two games in February.
Face to face: James is pressured by New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, who scored 29 points in the game
Eyeing a pass: James looks to move the ball on past Anthony
Leading the way: James inspired the Heat to a convincing win over the Knicks
Source : Daily Mail