LeBron has 51 in first win at Miami since '14 exit
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He also became just the fifth player in league history to score 50-plus points with three different franchises.
“[My] environment is a basketball and a hoop,” James said when asked how playing against his former team factored into his performance. “That’s my environment, that’s my comfort zone. But it’s always great to be here, come back here and see a lot of familiar faces. We had some not-so-good times, we had more great times. So it’s always a respect factor and a love for the people of Miami, especially the people who work here. We put in a lot of time.”
James wasted no time with his scoring barrage, pumping in 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting in the first quarter.
“I felt pretty good. I felt pretty good,” James said, playing on the second night of a back-to-back after mustering just 22 points on 8-for-19 shooting in a loss to the Magic on Saturday. “I think we were all kind of shell-shocked in Orlando