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"It's a true testament to the reason we all came together," Wade said. "That was history. ... It's a great feat."
Teams having three 30-point scorers in the same game happens, on average, about once every two years in the NBA. There's been 14 instances of it since 1986-87, according to STATS LLC, and coincidentally, the last team to have it occur was the Rockets.
Houston had Kevin Martin, Aaron Brooks and Luis Scola combine for 94 against San Antonio on Feb. 26, 2010. They almost had it again Sunday: Martin scored 29, Scola added 28 and Kyle Lowry had 25 for the Rockets, who saw their five-game winning streak snapped. And instead of celebrating offense, Houston spent its postgame lamenting defense.
"Too many points," Scola said. "When you play a team with Bosh, James and Wade, that's very dangerous."
Especially when they were clicking like that.
Miami's star trio combined for 91 points Friday in a win over Philadelphia, and Wade and James talked following that game about what it would be like if the "Big 3" each could score 30 in the same game.
That chance, somehow, came exactly one game later. And with the playoffs looming, the Heat seem to be ready.
"That's what makes great players special," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "They can be great during the year and still find another gear and another level to go to. I think that's what you're seeing with those three guys."
The win didn't come easily, which made James appreciate Sunday's moment that much more.
"To go down in history, to have three teammates have 30 and 10 for the first time in over 50 years," James said, "I think it's unbelievable."
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