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NBA: Another record tumbles to James as Heat win 1000th game

LeBron James became the first player to score at least 30 points and shoot 60 per cent in six consecutive games as Miami scored their 1000th victory with a 117-104 win over Portland.

Dwayne Wade congratulates LeBron James during Miami Heat's match against Portland Trail Blazers.
Dwayne Wade congratulates LeBron James during Miami Heat's match against Portland Trail Blazers.

LeBron James marked Miami Heat's 1000th team win by becoming the first player to score at least 30 points and shoot 60 per cent in six consecutive games during a 117-104 win over Portland Trail Blazers.

The reigning NBA MVP finished with 30 points and nine assists in the final contest of a five-game homestand at the American Airlines Arena on Tuesday. He also shot 11-of-15 (73.3 per cent) from the field.

"With how many great and dominant players that have come through over the years and paved the way for me, to be able to have this streak, and to be able to have won each game while also being efficient from the floor means a lot," James said.

Chris Bosh scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Dwyane Wade finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Heat, who have won six straight contests.

Damian Lillard had a game-high 33 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 for the Trail Blazers, who have lost four straight. Wesley Matthews had 20 points on eight-of-13 shooting in the loss.

"I thought it was a good effort by our team," said Terry Stotts, the Trail Blazers' coach. "The Miami Heat are one of the best, if not the best team in the league right now.

"They are playing at a high level. We matched it for about 44 minutes. It was disappointing to come up with a loss but we lost to a good team."

Portland's Damian Lillard led all scorers with 33 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge added 29.

Al Jefferson scored 23 points to help the Utah Jazz beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 109-94.

Kevin Durant had a game-high 33 points for the Thunder, who saw their four-game winning streak halted.

Marc Gasol had 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Sacramento Kings 108-101.

James Harden had 27 points in the Houston Rockets' 116-107 win over the Golden State Warriors, while the Toronto Raptors edged out the Denver Nuggets 109-108 and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns 91-85 despite Kobe Bryant contributing just four points.

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