Advanced math from LeBron, Heat

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 4, 2013 - 12:47 PM

The Miami Heat brings a franchise-record tying 14-game winning streak to Target Center on Monday night.

It hasn't lost in 31 days, thanks to LeBron James and one of the most efficient Februarys in NBA history.

Date, Opp. Score LeBron's Line

Feb. 3, at Toronto 100-85 30 pts, 8 rebs, 7 assts

Feb. 4, Charlotte 99-94 31 pts, 8 rebs, 8 assts on 13/14 FGs (92.8 percent); most efficient shooting night of his career

Feb. 6, Houston 114-108 32 pts, continued to shoot over 60 percent in his past 12 games

Feb. 8, L.A. Clippers 111-89 9/11 FGs for 30 pts, finished four-game week shooting 72.9 percent

Feb. 10, L.A. Lakers 107-97 32 pts, 7 rebs, 4 assts

Feb. 12, Portland 117-104 Surpassed Adrian Dantley and Moses Malone to become first NBA player to score 30 pts and shoot 60 percent in six consecutive games

Feb. 14, at Oklahoma City 110-100 39-point night makes him the first player since Wilt in 1963 to score 30 points in seven successive games leading into All-Star break

Feb. 20, at Atlanta 103-90 24 pts, 11 assists, 6 rebs, 4 steals

Feb. 21, at Chicago 86-67 26 points on 11-for-15 shooting, 12 rebs, 7 assts

Feb. 23, at Philadelphia 114-90 35th career triple-double: 16 pts, 11 assts, 10 rebs

Feb. 24, Cleveland 109-105 28 pts and 8 assts, deferred to Dwyane Wade in fourth quarter against his former team

Feb. 26, Sacramento 141-129 (2OTs) 40 pts, season-high 16 assts, 8 rebs in a 2OT game the King himself said felt like he went "20 innings"

March 1, Memphis 98-91 Finally, some poor shooting (4-14) but a near triple-double anyway: 18 rebs, 10 assts, 8 rebs

March 3, at New York 99-93 Down 16 points, he went 8-for-13 for 19 points in second-half comeback alone

THE QUOTE

« I say this to Miami fans: Don't take it for granted. He's making greatness look easy. » Heat coach Erik Spoelstra after a Feb. 10 victory over the Lakers.

THE 30-AND-MORE MEN

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LeBron James shot 64.1 percent from the field in February, the highest field-goal percentage (minimum 200 attempts) by an NBA player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shot 65 percent in March 1983. His 40-point, 16-assist, eight-rebound game against Sacramento on Feb. 26 makes him the only NBA player other than Oscar Robertson to record multiple 40-15-5 games in his career. It also was his 221st career 30-5-5 games, most among active players and among the top five in NBA history while playing in fewer games. According to Elias, here's the most 30-5-5 games in history and the number of games it took each player to reach their total.

30-5-5 Games Player Games to Reach That Mark

350 Oscar Robertson 950

237 Michael Jordan 1,047

221 LeBron James 744

189 Jerry West 874

179 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1,317

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