At this point, absolutely everyone understands that Lebron James is an incredible basketball player, but sometimes, even the best player on the planet can make an NBA audience say “wow”, and Monday night was one of those times.
James had one of his best games of the season on Monday, leading the Heat to a 107-92 victory over the undermanned Phoenix Suns. Lebron scored 35 points on the night, and while that isn’t out of the realm of normality for the Miami superstar (as evidenced by his #1 spot in our MVP power rankings), the fact that he did so on just fourteen field goal attempts is borderline insane. He converted 11 of those 14 field goals (including 2 for 4 from 3-point distance) and made all 11 of his free throw attempts in route to those 35 points in just 33 minutes of on-court action.
Obviously, scoring 2.5 points per field goal attempt is unsustainably ridiculous, but Lebron’s overall efficiency is downright scary this season. Including Monday’s effort, he is now shooting nearly 61% from the field this season, with just a shade under 50% from beyond the 3-point arc and over 80% from the free-throw line, which would basically be the greatest shooting season of all-time… by a wide margin.
It should certainly be noted that Dwyane Wade was also outstanding in Miami’s win, scoring 21 points and dishing out 12 assists in 33 minutes, and that the Heat’s defensive effort was stellar, holding Phoenix to under 40% shooting on the night despite 5 players in double-digits for the Suns. Lebron James, though, stole the show as usual, and if he can somehow continue anything near this pace, he’s a mortal lock for yet another MVP award this season.