LeBron James ran a few steps behind the play, knowing exactly what was coming. The lob from Norris Cole arrived, and the NBA’s reigning MVP rose for a catch and dunk.
He made it look easy.
He’s making everything look easy right now. James scored 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting in a record-setting show, Dwyane Wade scored 30, and the Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 107-97, on Sunday in Miami for their fifth straight win.
It was James’s fifth straight game with at least 30 points, a franchise record. He joined Adrian Dantley (1979) and Moses Malone (1982) as the only NBA players to score at least 30 and shoot at least 60 percent in five straight outings, the team said.
‘‘Don’t take it for granted,’’ Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ‘‘He’s making greatness look easy.’’
Kobe Bryant had 28 points and nine assists for the Lakers.
‘‘They have a couple of sensational players over there that made some big plays,’’ Bryant said. Indeed, James and Wade stole the show down the stretch.
‘‘You could feel the buzz in the arena today,’’ James said. ‘‘We were just happy that we were able to play our game, weather some of their storms that they had and come out with a win.’’
Clippers 102, Knicks 88 — Chris Paul scored 25 points in his second game back from injury, Jamal Crawford had 27, and Los Angeles beat host New York.
Carmelo Anthony had 42 points in his fifth 40-point game of the season for the Knicks, but made only one field goal in the fourth quarter as 40-year-old Grant Hill came off the Clippers’ bench to defend him.
Blake Griffin finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who bounced back from a 22-point loss in Miami on Friday to win for just the fourth time in 12 games.
Thunder 97, Suns 69 — Thabo Sefolosha made a career-high 5 of 7 3-pointers and finished with 20 points, and Russell Westbrook had 24 points in 28 minutes as Oklahoma City rolled over host Phoenix for the second game in a row.
The 28-point rout followed a 127-96 Thunder romp over the Suns in Oklahoma City on Friday. Kevin Durant scored 18, 11 below his NBA-leading season average (29.1), in limited duty.
Spurs 111, Nets 86 — Tony Parker had 29 points and 11 assists in a brilliant performance without his two sidekicks as San Antonio dominated host Brooklyn.
Danny Green added 14 points and Tiago Splitter had 13 for the Spurs, who were again without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili because of injuries.
Joe Johnson scored 19 points and Brook Lopez added 18 for the Nets.
Kings 117, Rockets 111 — Isaiah Thomas scored 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and John Salmons also had 23 points to lead host Sacramento over Houston. James Harden had 30 points for the Rockets.
Magic 110, Blazers 104 — J.J. Redick scored 22 points, Nikola Vucevic added 17 points and 19 rebounds, and host Orlando snapped a 12-game losing streak with a win over Portland. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trail Blazers with 25 points.
Raptors 102, Hornets 89 — John Lucas scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to match his season high, Rudy Gay had 20 points, and host Toronto beat New Orleans. Robin Lopez scored 19 points for the Hornets.
Grizzlies 105, Timberwolves 88 — Tayshaun Prince scored 18 points, hitting all eight of his shots from the field, as host Memphis coasted to a victory over Minnesota. Luke Ridnour and Ricky Rubio led the Timberwolves with 17 points apiece.