The Miami Heat lost their lead in the NBA finals Tuesday night, falling to the Dallas Mavericks, 83-86 in Game 4. The series is now tied, two games to two. The loss is largely attributable to the poor performance of Miami forward LeBron James, who scored just eight points in the entire game, and didn't score at all in the final quarter.
The New York Times points out that this game represents a nadir in James' career:
James was so off-key in Game 4 that he looked reluctant to even clear his throat for a signature solo. He took 11 shots all game, making three, and finished with eight points in the worst playoff performance of his career.
Those totals were especially glaring when compared to the efforts of Dwyane Wade, who was 13 of 20 and scored 32 points, and Chris Bosh, who was 9 of 19 for 24 points. James' fellow stars were the only Miami players to reach double figures.
"The fact that it happened in a loss is the anger part of it," James said. "That's all that matters to me. If I had eight points and we won the game, I could be satisfied. The fact I could have done more offensively to help our team, that's the anger part. Myself, I'll come back in Game 5 and do things that need to be done to help our team win."
Read the full story at the New York Times.