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Added Wade: “Obviously, he is doing something that is amazing and special.”

And on a night when the teams took turns putting together big runs, it was the Heat who had the last rally _ ultimately, the last laugh as well.

With the game tied at 99, James drove baseline on former Cleveland teammate Sasha Pavlovic for a two-handed slam that he punctuated with a long scream.

The Heat immediately responded. Matthews made a 3-pointer on the next Portland possession to give the Trail Blazers their last lead. Miami scored the next 14 points, and when James got loose for a dunk with 2:38 remaining, the 30-point mark _ and history _ was his.

“He played a very good basketball game,” Spoelstra deadpanned afterward. “That’s all you’re going to get out of me right now. He competes. He loves to compete. He loves close games. … And he’s leading us, not just with his talent.”

Bosh made a jumper with 1:55 left to end the run and seal the win, Miami’s sixth straight overall.

Miami next plays Thursday night in Oklahoma City, an NBA Finals rematch before heading into the All-Star break. The Heat topped the Thunder in the first meeting of the clubs this season, winning in Miami on Christmas Day.

“It’s a game we’ll look forward to,” Wade said.

A glance at the halftime boxscore _ Portland 59, Miami 58 _ would have suggested the opening two quarters were closely contested, back-and-forth basketball.

Not exactly.

Miami started with a flurry, hitting its first seven shots and doing so with James collecting five assists in the game’s first 3:52. The Heat led 14-5 after that burst, and were still shooting 75 percent with a minute to go in the opening quarter.

They also were trailing at that point. The Blazers were doing anything they wanted on the offensive end.

“I thought it was a good effort by our team,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Miami’s one of the best if not the best team in the league right now and they are playing at a high level. We matched it for about 44 minutes.”

More than matched it for a while, too.

Aldridge went on a personal 13-0 run over a stretch of nearly four minutes midway through the half, single-handedly seeming to turn what was a 29-24 Portland deficit into a 37-29 Portland lead. And another quick burst, this time a 10-1 run by the Blazers, gave the visitors what was their biggest lead, 57-43 with 4:48 left in the half.

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