NBA: LeBron James leads Heat victory over Thunder despite bloodied nose
OKLAHOMA CITY (AFP) - LeBron James scored a game-high 33 points despite having his nose bloodied and being knocked to the floor in the fourth quarter of the Miami Heat's 103-81 victory on Thursday against high-flying Oklahoma City Thunder.
The two-time defending National Basketball Association (NBA) champions avenged a 112-95 loss to the Thunder last month in Miami, trailing for only 66 seconds of the entire game.
James, who made 15-of-22 shots from the floor in 33 minutes, was dribbling up the middle midway into the fourth quarter when he was struck by Thunder centre Serge Ibaka.
The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player kept going, slamming the ball into the hoop before sprawling on the floor beneath the basket. Laying dazed for most of the next minute, it became clear his nose had been bloodied when he rolled over to get up.