With 1:03 left in a game that already was well in hand, three-time MVP LeBron James nonchalantly pulled up from 30 feet or so and misfired a bomb that bounded high off the rim and over the backboard.
With that, one of the most impressive individual streaks in NBA history came to halt on Thursday night.
In the Heat's convincing 110-100 victory over the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the three-time MVP scored 39 points and shot 58.3 (14 for 24) from the field.
It was the seventh straight game James scored 30-plus points. However, his streak of shooting 60-plus percent from the field ended at six straight.
James will have to settle with being the first NBA player to score 30-plus points and shoot 58.3-plus percent from the field in seven straight games.
Had he not hoisted his final attempt, James would have shot 60.9 percent and kept his streak intact.
Afterward, James didn't seem the least bit concerned his unfathomable run was over.
“I just go out and play my game and that was the result, so it didn't matter if I (kept the streak alive) or not,” James said with a shrug.
No player in league history had ever scored 30-plus and shot 60-plus percent for six straight games until James completed the feat Tuesday night at home against Portland.
In the last seven outings, James has averaged 32.0 points, shot 69.0 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from 3-point range (see chart).
“What can he get better at?” All-Star teammate Dwyane Wade said with a smile while discussing James. “I guess he could shoot 80 percent from the field. That's better than 60 and 70. That's the only thing. … Everything for him has come together.”
Thursday's outcome gives the Heat six straight victories against the Thunder dating back to last year's 4-1 loss in the NBA Finals, plus a two-game sweep this season.
“We've only won two in a row,” Wade said. “Last year doesn't matter. I thought we came out this game, a very tough game to play going into the break, and I thought we imposed our will by playing our style of basketball. Do we have their number? No. We're not feeling that way. We've just won two games against them and that's it.”
Though the Heat spent much of Thursday's game smiling and applauding each other on their dominance, Miami forward Shane Battier insisted it was not easy.
“No, it's never easy,” Battier said. “It takes a lot of hard work to get up early on this team here. They were coming. They were coming the entire game. We made a couple of key shots in the fourth quarter to keep them at bay, but it was a tough game.”
The Heat (36-14) goes to the All-Star break riding a seven-game winning streak and playing its best ball of the year.
“Yeah, we wanted to end this break on a high note,” James said. “We didn't just want to come in here and not play well and allow them to do what they wanted us to do. We came in with a high level. Mentally, we were in tune from the beginning and it was a really good roll that we finished.”