There was a time when Metta World Peace intimidated elite scorers.
Whether it was LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony or Paul Pierce, the former Ron Artest frequently rattled such talented opponents through various tactics. That included his physical play, his quick hands and trash talk.
But even a slimmed-down World Peace couldn't do anything to stop James in the Lakers' 107-97 loss Sunday to the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. James posted 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting by slashing to the basket and making open jumpers.
James' effort marked the first time in NBA history a player scored at least 30 points on 60 percent shooting in five consecutive games.
Although World Peace tabbed James as a "smart player," he strongly resisted praising his game afterward.
"I compliment after my career is over," said World Peace, who scored nine points on only 3-of-11 shooting. "I'm so competitive and in the game right now. We're trying to win a championship this year. When my career is over, I'll give praise to guys who I dominated and stopped and guys who had good games against me. But right now, it's not appropriate for me to judge anybody positive or negative."
Safe to say James' effort was positive. The lone defensive highlights on James included a World Peace steal and an Earl Clark dunk. On a first-quarter play that the officials didn't notice, James' elbow toward World Peace in the midsection prompted him to trip James.
LeBron too much for World Peace
L.A. Daily News | Feb 11