Off-the-charts efficient. Nights like Monday make you wonder how many LeBron could score if he didn't love to feed his teammates. Hours after watching the Super Bowl in Toronto, James played Monday's game like a fullback, powering through the defense. He showed his post-up repertoire, unleashing a baby sky-hook and a soft kiss off the glass with his left hand.
Wade was a rebounding fiend on Monday, but many came off his own misses Zach Randolph-style, so his double-double comes with an asterisk. While LeBron was playing just about mistake-free basketball, Wade played down to the competition and delivered one of his ugliest outings of the season. He kept the Bobcats in the game with careless turnovers and missed bunnies.
With James owning the paint, Bosh had to wait his turn to work on the block against the Bobcats. He made the best of it in the fourth quarter, spinning Byron Mullens in circles on the baseline and dunking with force. He's still not producing in the rebounding column, but Miami will take it if he plays that aggressively on offense.
As crazy as it sounds, the Heat's best big man outside of LeBron James and Chris Bosh is on his second 10-day contract. Chris Andersen is not all hustle. At one point, he dribbled coast-to-coast and Eurostepped around Ramon Sessions for a layup. That's not something Joel Anthony is even capable of dreaming about. It's early, but the Heat should be thrilled with Andersen's play.
When that LeBron James shows up, there's just nothing teams can do. Though the Bobcats certainly had a hand in LeBron's monstrous night at times, even the league's top defenses wouldn't be able to put a dent in him like that. Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon had big nights off the bench, but they lost because LeBron happened. They aren't the first, won't be the last.