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LeBron stays efficient in Heat rout of Knicks

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LeBron James and Dwyane Wade frequented the paint in Thursday’s win against the Knicks.LeBron James showed no ill effects from the broken nose he suffered last Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, attacking the paint relentlessly in the Miami Heat’s 108-82 rout of the New York Knicks.

James was efficient in his return to the lineup after missing Sunday’s win against the Chicago Bulls, scoring a game-high 31 points on 13-of-19 from the field.

The 31-point effort was James' fifth consecutive 30-point game, and third straight such game while also shooting at least 65 percent from the field.

Most Games with 30 Pts, 65.0 FG pct
Past 2 Seasons

In fact, in the past two seasons, James has 19 games where he's scored at least 30 points while connecting on at least 65 percent from the field. That's nine more such games than the next-closest player in that span: Kevin Durant, who has 10.

Attacking the paint on Thursday helped key James' efficiency. He made 11-of-12 in the paint against the Knicks, with all but one of those field goals coming in the restricted area.

It capped a February for James in which he averaged 30.8 PPG, 8.1 RPG and shot 57.5 percent from the field. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, James is the first player since Shaquille O’Neal in March 2003 to average 30 points, eight rebounds and shoot 57 percent in a calendar month (minimum five games).

James was one-half of Miami’s two-pronged attack in the paint Thursday.

Seven of Dwyane Wade's 10 field goals came in the paint, making 5-of-6 in the restricted area.

Wade finished with 23 points on 10-of-13 from the floor overall.

James and Wade combined to shoot 18-20 (90%) inside the paint against the Knicks, the fourth-highest percentage they've shot in the paint together as teammates.

The Heat have won six straight, the longest active win streak in the league.

The two-man attack was simply too much for a Knicks team, despite an early scoring burst from their superstar.

Carmelo Anthony entered the game having scored at least 42 points in three of his past four games, and seemed headed that way again after a 24-point first half.

But Anthony managed just five points in the third, and didn't get much of a chance to add to his total after playing just three minutes in the final quarter with the game out of reach.

Anthony struggled when defended by Shane Battier, shooting 3-of-10 from the field when guarded by him. Against all other Heat defenders, Anthony made 8-of-10 from the field.

The Knicks have lost four straight, and are currently 2-10 in February.