LeBron and the Lakers visited South Beach on Sunday night following an embarrassing loss in Orlando the previous night. LeBron, to his standards, had a sub-par game against the Magic finishing the night with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists on 42% shooting from the field. This was the game that followed his explosion versus Portland where he racked up 44 points, 10 rebounds and came an assist shy of a triple-double all while passing Wilt Chamberlain to move to 5th on the All-Time scoring list. The game against Orlando he looked sluggish, not just by LeBron but the whole team. A team that had been on a 4 game winning streak up until that point. LeBron knew he had to show the Lakers and the rest of the league he had much more in the tank against Miami.
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The King started the game off red-hot, scoring 19 points in the 1st quarter along with 3 three-pointers. He would finish the 1st half with 28 points, 3 rebounds, and an assist. James followed his 28 point 1st half with 23 points in the 2nd half, adding 3 more threes. He would finish the night with 51 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. This was LeBron’s 12th 50-point performance. 11 of those 12 games have come on the road. He scored the most points any Laker has ever scored against the Miami Heat, dating back to Miami’s first season in 1990. The Lakers got a much needed bounce-back victory after flopping versus the Orlando Magic the night before. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added a refreshing 19 points off the bench after a very poor start to the season. Kyle Kuzma finished with 15 points and Brandon Ingram had 13. After going 7-2 over their last 9 games, they look to continue their run in Cleveland against the Cavaliers on Wednesday night. This will be the first time LeBron will face the Cavaliers as a Laker. His return to Cleveland has been highly anticipated and should prove to be a very emotional match-up for both LeBron and the Cavs fans in Quicken Loans Arena.