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Oklahoma City Thunder: LeBron James' streak ends, but he's impressive nevertheless

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.
By John Rohde Published: February 14, 2013

/articleid/3755742/1/pictures/1954518">Photo - Fans cheer as Miami's LeBron James (6) shoots a free throw during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Fans cheer as Miami's LeBron James (6) shoots a free throw during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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.”


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