LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to score at least 30 points and shoot 60 percent from the field over a six-game stretch after torching the Portland Trail Blazers 117-104 Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
James scored 18 of his 30 points in the first half and finished shooting 11 of 15, dished out nine assists and hauled in six rebounds to give the Miami Heat their sixth consecutive win and eight straight at home.
Chris Bosh led the Heat with 32 points on 13-of-16 attempts and made all six free throws. He also grabbed 11 boards. Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and Ray Allen added 14 off the bench for Miami (35-14), which shot 58.1 percent in the game.
Damian Lillard finished with 33 points, four shy from his career best, LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 and Wesley Matthews recorded 20 for Portland (25-27), which has lost four straight on a six-game road test.
The Trail Blazers held a one-point lead midway through the fourth after falling behind by 14 in the third. Matthew’s three put Portland up 102-101 with 4:37 remaining.
Wade made a jumper, Allen hit from distance and Wade returned to convert two free throws to go up by six. Lillard tried to score on a driving layup, but was rejected by James that set up a three from Mario Chalmers on the other end. Bosh stole a pass from Nicolas Batum and James slammed in his 30th point on a lob from Allen off a fastbreak as the Heat ended on a 16-2 run.
Lillard, who also tallied 18 first-half points, made two free throws and Matthews scored on a layup and converted the foul to give the Trail Blazers a 95-90 lead in the fourth.
Wade scored under the basket after Allen had his layup blocked by Batum. Aldridge put the Trail Blazers back up by two with his own layup in the paint, but Bosh answered at the other end with a 17-foot jumper to knot the game at 97.
Wade’s crossover jumper put the Heat up by two, but Aldridge converted two free throws to tie the game at 99. James threw down a two-handed dunk, but Matthews responded with a three to give Portland a one-point edge for Miami would erupt for the final margin.
Aldridge, who had 17 points in the first half, hit a jumper to put the Trail Blazers up 61-58 in the third.
Bosh and Wade made two free throws each and Bosh knocked in a jumper to lead by three. Shane Battier drilled two three-pointers and Bosh hit a pair of jumpers to stretch their lead to 81-67.
Batum, who ended with five points, scored his first two-points with 3:15 remaining in the third. He was 1-3 from the field through three quarters.
Aldridge made a jumper and Lillard scored seven of his nine third-quarter points in the final two minutes of the period. He hit a three at the top of the key to bring Portland within four.
Lillard’s layup gave Portland a 47-37 in the second.
Wade made two free throws, Bosh hit a jumper and James scored on a layup to come within six, but the Trail Blazers scored five straight points and Luke Babbitt hit a three to go up 57-43.
Portland missed its next four shots from the field and had just as many turnovers. Miami finished the the first half on a 15-2 run and James scored eight points on that stretch to come within 59-58.
Miami made its first seven shots as Bosh’s jumper piled on a 14-5 lead in the first.
Aldridge made 5-of-7 shots in the quarter and scored the final nine points for the Trail Blazers to lead 33-29.
The Trail Blazers will travel to New Orleans to take on the Hornets on Wednesday. Tipoff is at 5PM.