The Heat has three games to play during the final four days of 2012.

LeBron James will celebrate his 28th birthday on the team's lone day off Sunday.

And quite a December it has been for the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player.

James is three more stellar performances from capping one of the best months by an individual player in league history, averaging 26.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists for December.

If he can keep the totals above 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the remainder of the month, James can join Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to post such numbers in a month in the past 45 years.

The Heat's final three games in December are at Detroit (9-22), at Milwaukee (15-12) and at Orlando (12-16).

Bird was the last to do it in March of 1987.

"We don't take LeBron's talent for granted," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We never do. He gets it done on both ends. He takes a big workload for us and took over in the fourth quarter again [Wednesday] and made some big plays for us."

James' stellar encore to his first championship season has been consistently productive from the start as evidenced by his streak of scoring at least 20 points in a game.

James has done that in every game this season, for 31 consecutive regular-season games and 47 overall counting last year's playoffs.

James (19,710 career points) should surpass the 20,000 plateau this season, which would make him the 38th player in NBA history to do so.

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