Video: Heat's LeBron James pours in season-high 42 points in win over Mavericks
The easiest way to tell that the playoffs are just around the corner? We're back to needing almost three minutes of video reel to capture all of James' highlights from just one game.
This was a do-it-all performance for the back-to-back MVP, who threw down a half-court alley-oop dunk, drove coast-to-coast, beat the entire Mavericks defense off the dribble, knocked down mid-range jumpers, hit a fall-away through contact, and even did a little work on the offensive glass in the paint.
"I'm feeling really good right now, really good," James said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. "I'm in a zone right now."
James becomes the 18th player this year to top 40 points and the 12th player to score 42 or more. Tuesday marked the 33rd time during James' career that he has scored at least 42 points during a regular season game and it was the first time he has done so since Mar. 18, 2011.
James' final line: 42 points (on 16-for-23 shooting), nine rebounds, six assists and two steals in 38 minutes.
His shot chart was as pristine as they come.
Chris Bosh added 22 points (on 8-for-12 shooting) and five rebounds for Miami.
Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with a team-high 22 points (on 7-for-14 shooting), nine rebounds and seven assists. Vince Carter added 15 points (on 2-for-9 shooting) and seven rebounds in the loss. Miami improved to 38-14 with the win. Dallas dropped to 32-23 with the loss.