MIAMI -- If Tom Brady goes awhile without a 300-yard passing game, it's a slump. If Tim Lincecum has a stretch without a 10-strikeout game, one wonders what's wrong.
It's the same with Miami forward LeBron James. When he had failed to reach 30 points for nine straight games, his longest such streak since early in his second season of 2004-05, it was a drought.
Well, James corrected that Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. With the Heat without fellow scoring star Dwyane Wade due to a sore left knee, James stepped up to score a season-high 41 points in a 99-93 win over Philadelphia.
"I guess so," James said when asked if he had been in a slump by his standards. "I don't know. It doesn't really matter to me about scoring. I never base my career on scoring and 30-point games or whatever the streak is."
James hadn't reached 30 points since he had 35 March 14 at Chicago. In his previous nine games, he had averaged 21.0 points to drop his seasonal average to 26.5 and career mark...