Posted April 18, 2012 on
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LeBron James wants some rest. He also wants to play.
For now, the desire to play seems to be stronger. And his MVP candidacy may be a beneficiary of that decision.
James scored 28 points before taking the fourth quarter off, Mike Miller added 13 points and the Miami Heat continued tuning up for the postseason by pulling away in the second half to beat the Toronto Raptors 96-72 on Wednesday night.
The Raptors tied a franchise-worst with 23 points in the second half.
James made 12 of his 15 shots for Miami, which also got 10 points from Udonis Haslem. The Heat - who can now finish no worse than No. 2 in the Eastern Conference - played without Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, both given the night off for what Miami calls ''maintenance'' of some nagging aches and pains.
James Johnson scored 18 points, Alan Anderson added 15 and DeMar DeRozan had 12 for Toronto, which fell for the sixth time in eight games.
Up next for Miami: A showdown at home against Chicago on Thursda...
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Lebron James had the pleasure to meet Jay-Z's nephew Monday night before the Miami Heat-New Jersey Nets match-up in New Jersey.After his commanding win over the Nets, James gave Jay-Z's nephew -- Julez -- headband, wristband, pads and sneakers. James basically left the court half naked.
Last night, Miami Heat star Lebron James scored the last 17 points to beat the New Jersey Nets and after the game, he helped introduce Heat guard Norris Cole to rapper Jay-Z.After introducing the two, James gave a high-five to Jay Z's nephew and also decided to give him his headband.Lebron decided to put it on his head but accidentally placed the sweaty band over his eyes:(Courtesy...
LeBron James scored Miami's final 17 points in a furious one-man rally, finishing with 37 as the Heat pulled out a 101-98 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Monday night.
In a game the Heat never led until the final 51 seconds, James willed them to their 10th straight victory over the Nets. With Dwyane Wade resting, James scored those 17 points over the last 4:48.
Tune into Sun Sports at 7 p.m. to watch the Miami Heat take on the Toronto Raptors. NBA Heat territory.
Despite the constant uncertainty of Dwyane Wade's health, LeBron James has helped the Miami Heat remain in contention for the Eastern Conference's top seed.
The Heat haven't had much trouble with the Toronto Raptors in recent years no matter who has been in the lineup...
MIAMI-- Erik Spoesltra obviously has nothing against Miami fans. Not even the guy who shows up every game dressed as a banana.
The Heat coach loves the homecourt advantage his team has at AmericanAirlines Arena, where it is 26-4 this season. But Spoelstra would rather not be in Miami on Thursday night.
"We would probably prefer this one was on the road again and have that...
LeBron James scored the Miami Heat's final 17 points giving his team a 101-98 victory over the New Jersey Nets as the entire arena serenaded the forward with chats of 'Let's Go Heat' and 'MVP.'
Only problem was . . . the game was being played on the Nets home court.
While James had his way with the Nets down the stretch, the home town crowd at Prudential...
LeBron James led the way with 27 points and 11 rebounds as the host Miami Heat pulled to within a game and a half of Chicago for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with an 83-72 victory over the Bulls.
Dwyane Wade returned to the lineup and put up 18 points and five assists while Mario Chalmers scored 16 points for the Heat, who were without Chris Bosh.
Derrick Rose did not...
The NBA MVP debate has heated up, then cooled down. Then it heated up again, and then it cooled down, again. It seems that the MVP has come down to two players: Miami Heat forward LeBron James and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant.
Durant also has an argument for the award. He is averaging 27.8 ppg and 8 rpg. While he doesn’t boast the same assists per game like LeBron...
By Payton Wales
Jumping right into the news today.
Lebron James says winning a third MVP would "mean a lot." It would also mean nothing. As a matter of fact, it would almost be detrimental to his legacy at this point if he won but didn't get a title. It would be more detrimental to the shine of his present-day legacy to get that third MVP. He needs a title...