There are holes in his game that are not obvious in the highlight packages. His individual defense can be spotty and, though he's improved his shooting balance tremendously, he still drifts on the rise and fires clumsy air balls. Denver beats the Cavs 106-101, dealing Cleveland only its fifth home loss of the season.
James ends up with 35 points, six boards and six assists. He is the best player on the floor by a hilarious margin, even though he seemed to get bogged down at the end. "Don't measure myself that way," he says after the game, when the question of being the best there ever was comes up. "That's you guys [in the media], always was."
The smile comes again, small and triangular and brief. His past is layered in his eyes, like lost cities on a single site. The one on top is inevitably bright, inevitably golden. ?
ALREADY BIG TIME
As the ultimate swingman, LeBron James is one of the most proficient box score stuffers in the NBA
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