Good for BronBron and ‘em:
Nothing personal, Heat fans, but LeBron James loves playing away from Miami. Greeted by scattered boos from a sellout crowd following his trademark chalk clap at the scorer’s table before the game, James just smiled. It was a reminder he was playing on the road, where he says he has his best games. James scored 43 points, including 23 in a dominant third quarter, and the Heat beat the slumping Atlanta Hawks 106-85 on Friday night. When asked what led to his big game, James said: “Just the road.”
“That’s the similarity,” he said. “All on the road. I enjoy being on the road, I enjoy playing against not only the opposing players but the opposing fans. It’s fun.” James’ season high was 51 points at Orlando on Feb. 3. He began the night averaging 27.2 points on the road and 25.0 in Miami. Marvin Williams scored 15 points and Damien Wilkins had 14 for the Hawks, who have lost seven of 10. Atlanta’s top scorer among its starting five was Horford, with only 11 points. “We’re struggling right now,” Horford said. “We’re really trying to find ourselves. … We’ve had some good times, but we’re going through a real rough patch right now.”
James said he “absolutely” could see his big third quarter break the Hawks’ will. “You make backbreaking 3s and pull-up jumpers and things like that, you continue to get stops, you can see that you start to wear them down,” James said. James had half of Miami’s points in leading the Heat to an 86-57 lead through three periods. James then put on his warmup suit and watched the final period from the bench. James was 8 for 8 from the field in the first half, when he had 20 points. He was just getting started.
He made eight of 13 shots from the field in his 23-point third quarter. Incredibly, it wasn’t his most productive 12 minutes of the season. James had 24 points in the third quarter at Cleveland on Dec. 2. The Hawks went about 5½ minutes without a field goal in the third period as Miami turned the game into a rout with a procession of 3-pointers and three-point plays.
James and Wade each had two 3-pointers in a 12-0 Miami run. James then added a dynamic three-point play, scoring on a scoop over Jamal Crawford, who was called for the foul. James then took a long walk past the Atlanta bench, staring at the crowd of 20,024, before adding the free throw for a 73-42 lead.
The Hawks’ frustrations grew with their deficit. James hit two free throws with 1:51 remaining in the third quarter to give him 40 of Miami’s 80 points. He complained after he was fouled by Zaza Pachulia late in the period. The officials then huddled and called a flagrant foul on Pachulia. James made both free throws as Hawks coach Larry Drew complained to the officials that they were giving James superstar treatment.
SMH. Well at least these fools have a reason to smile now. We were sick of all that crying bullsh*t!!