LeBron James throws down the alley-oop from Mario Chalmers (GIF)


Feb 20, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) attempts a shot while being defended by Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 20, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) attempts a shot while being defended by Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder are meeting on Thursday night in what very well could be a preview of the upcoming NBA Finals in June, and both teams are out to make a statement.

Every time out, it seems, LeBron James wants to make a statement that he is the best player in the NBA, hands down, and tonight he’s getting off to an early start in showing that.

Early on, Mario Chalmers took the ball into the lane and lofted up this beautiful alley-oop for LeBron which he finished with authority, which he usually does.

James had a huge first quarter in which he dropped in 16 points as the Heat jumped out to a big lead.

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