DALLAS -- The challenge for the Dallas Mavericks tonight against the Miami Heat? Stop LeBron James.
James is the face of the NBA right now after winning the Most Vaulable Player award three of the past four seasons, helping the Heat capture last year's NBA team, and helping the United States win this past summer's Olympic gold medal.
"He's the best all-around player on the planet right now,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "He causes major problems in multiple areas.
"We've got to try to contian him and keep him form having a big scoring night, and keep him from getting our defense broke down and getting his other guys involved. It's a tough task.''
James is averaging 25.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game. Also, his defense is so stout that he's only committed two fouls in the past six games, including none in five of those games.
-- Dwain Price
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