Lebron James produced a superb individual haul of 38 points against the Atalants Hawks last night, lifting the Miami Heat to a crucial 121-119 win deep into overtime at the American Airlines Arena.
James had extra scoring pressure on his shoulders with Dwanye Wade sitting out through injury but stood up to be counted, chipping in with eight rebounds and six assists to keep the Heat in a fast-paced back-and-forth clash.
Atlanta were relentless though and nearly forced a win over the defending NBA champions in regulation, with clutch free-throw king Ray Allen making three in succession from the line to send a tight game into overtime.
James proved to be the difference maker in overtime, driving Miami forward as they finally took control and nullified a young Hawks team that came within moments of a surprise scalp.
'King' James drained a pair of three pointers in his most eye-catching contribution as Miami extended their winning run to five matches, keeping them just a game back from Eastern Conference leaders the Indiana Pacers.