LeBron James thought he was fouled on a layup that would have beat the Kings after one overtime. He decided to take the second overtime into his own hands. The Heat scored on every trip down court except one (Mario Chalmers turnover) and score an absurd 17 points in five minutes, after already playing 53.
James was responsible for every point, either scoring himself or assisting on three Heat layups. Absolute domination.
To put it into perspective, if LeBron produced like that for 36 minutes, he would score 80 points and dish about 22 assists.
Of course it’s insanity to suggest he would do that, but these are the moments — first dubbed “skirmishes” by Erik Spoelstra in 2010 — that make it so hard to get riled up about the Heat’s relatively mediocre defense. It’s probably not wise to count on James’s ability to elevate his game to such stratospheric heights on command, but it sure must be nice for the Heat to know it’s there.