MIAMI -- LeBron James showed the Dallas Mavericks why he's the game's best player.
In Miami's 110-104 victory over the Mavs on Friday at Airlines Airlines Arena, James tallied 39 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out four assists. What's more, whenever the Mavs staged a rally, James was there to put out the fire for the Heat.
"He's worked so much on his three-ball, so you don’t want to just give him dare threes,'' forward Dirk Nowitzki said. "And he's so good at going to the basket you don’t want to just let him get to the basket.
"What you sometimes give up is the in-between game. But he looked really comfortable with that.''
James looked really comfortable with everything Friday. He was 14-of-18 from the field, 1-of-1 from three-point range and 10-of-11 from the charity stripe on a night when the Mavs had no answer for him like they did when they bottled up James while winning the 2011 NBA title.
"He was jabbing, he was making his in-between shots, so when he makes that it's tough to guard him because he can get to the basket at will,'' said Nowitzki, who scored a season-high 28 points. "He makes the in-between shots and he made his threes.
"And then when we do trap him he's probably the best passer -- he's really a point guard out there -- he can find the shooters in the corner. If you trap him he’s a great playmaker as well.''
-- Dwain Price
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