With his team trailing by double figures late in the third quarter of Sunday's matinee against the New York Knicks, Miami Heat forward LeBron James sniffed out a careless J.R. Smith pass intended for Jason Kidd. Stepping in front of the cursory toss for a steal, LeBron was wrapped up in a Kidd bear hug before he could get to the rim for what would have been a thunderous dunk.
Fast forward to the waning seconds of the fourth quarter, and LeBron was at it again, making yet another deft play on an equally careless Smith pass -- this one intended for Carmelo Anthony, who could only slouch to the floor as James put an exclamation point on the Heat's 99-93 win with a slam that might make Magic Johnson consider upping his dunk contest ante to $2 million.
What happened in between those two steals helped explain a lot of things.
For starters, it helped bring even more legitimacy to the Heat's current winning streak, which is now at a franchise-record-tying 14 heading into Monday's game in...