Well call me Nostradamus if you must (I mean my Photoshopped picture could almost be this one) but in yesterday’s post on NBA birthday boys I predicted that James would need to score at least 41 points to edge out Michael Jordan as the #1 average birthday scorer. Well he went a few better. He had 48 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, went 14 for 16 from the free-throw line, 4 for 6 from three-point range and went on to win his first ever b-day game with the Cavaliers beating the Hawks 106-101.
The game deciding basket was made by Andersen Varejao, a 3-pointer with 17.2 seconds left, as the shot clock was expiring. It was Varejao’s first career 3-pointer, he’s previously 0 for 18. “That’s a great gift,” James said. “I had Andy in the gift exchange and so he paid me back. That’s what friends are for.”