LeBron James scored 30 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the field to lead the defending champion Miami Heat to a 111-89 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. James has made 37 of his last 47 shots.
MIAMI — A few moments after getting struck in the face, LeBron James was shaken up to the point he didn’t bother contesting a jump ball.
It was about the only play he took off all night.
James scored 30 points in another efficient performance, Dwyane Wade scored 20 and the defending champion Miami Heat posted a 111-89 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.
James shot 9 for 11, giving him 37 makes on his last 47 attempts, and sat out the fourth quarter. It was his fourth straight 30-point game, tying him with Wade as the only Heat players with such a streak in the franchise’s 25-year history.
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“He’s off the planet right now,” Wade said of James. “He’s not even the best basketball player on the planet. He’s surpassed the planet. He’s somewhere else. He’s playing phenomenal.”
It was the first time in James’ career he scored at least 30 points on 11 or fewer field-goal attempts. According to STATS LLC, it was the 13th such game in the league since the start of the 2002-03 season.
When it comes to this type of roll, James isn’t interested in figuring out how it is happening.
“Nope,” James said. “It’s nothing to figure out for me. I go out, see what the pace of the game is bringing and you go out and figure it out on the fly.”
The Clippers got Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin back from injuries, but that trio of starters combined for a mere 23 points. DeAndre Jordan led Los Angeles with 17 points.
Spurs’ win streak
ends at 11 games
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Greg Monroe had 26 points and 16 rebounds as Detroit snapped San Antonio’s 11-game winning streak with a 119-109 victory over the short-handed Spurs.
San Antonio played without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and the Pistons led by as many as 21 points in the second quarter.
“They beat us to the boards, they beat us to loose balls and they just outplayed us,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
• Kobe Bryant shrugged off a scoreless first half to finish with 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point second-half deficit to beat host Charlotte 100-93.
• Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and nine rebounds to lead the visiting New York Knicks to a 100-94 victory over Minnesota.
The Knicks were behind by 11 points with seven minutes left.
• James Harden had 35 points on 13-of-16 shooting and added 11 assists to lead Houston to a 118-103 victory over visiting Portland.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 31 points for the Trail Blazers.
• Rudy Gay‘s 17-foot jumper with 1.7 seconds left in overtime was the difference as Toronto won 100-98 at Indiana, ending the Pacers’ home winning streak at 15.
• Nene had 20 points and 11 rebounds and former Seattle Prep player Martell Webster scored 16 points to help host Washington beat Brooklyn 89-74.
• Carlos Boozer scored 19 points and ex-Washington Huskies standout Nate Robinson added 18 to lead Chicago to a 93-89 victory over host Utah. Al Jefferson scored 32 points for the Jazz.
• Philadelphia guard Jason Richardson will have season-ending surgery on his left knee; he has missed the past eight games.