Last night, LeBron James and the Miami Heat steamrolled through the Toronto Raptors, picking up their second straight win after two consecutive losses. LeBron James was in top form, coming close to a triple-double with 35 points, a season-high 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. The Heat will now head back to Miami for a four-game stretch at home, which kicks off against the Los Angeles Clippers tomorrow night.
On this day six years ago, pre-"The Decision," James was still a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was the King's fifth season in the NBA, which was spent warming up for his current spot on the throne. The Cavaliers had started the season 1-2, and on November 6, 2007, they hit the road to face the 0-3 Golden State Warriors. Despite an eye injury during the first quarter, LeBron James delivered a king-worthy performance with yet another near-triple double. James had 24 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists, and three blocks as the Cavs downed the Warriors 108-104. This would prove to be a huge season for LeBron—in March of 2008, he dropped 50 on the Knicks, and in May he led the Cavs to a Game 7 war with Boston in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
LeBron James' sneaker for this game and the majority of the 2007-08 season was the Nike Zoom LeBron 5. Although the Zoom LeBron 5 wasn't quite as ambitious as its predecessor, it introduced the short-lived Phyposite inner bucket technology. With aesthetics more akin to an urban boot than a traditional basketball shoe, the Zoom LeBron 5 also featured full-length Zoom Air, which was double-stacked in the heel for added responsive during the King's high-impact landings.