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Miami Heat’s LeBron James ends rare streak from line

 
 
 <span class="cutline_leadin">Looking to make a play:</span> Heat forward LeBron James looks for an open teammate while being guarded by Nets guard Joe Johnson.
Looking to make a play: Heat forward LeBron James looks for an open teammate while being guarded by Nets guard Joe Johnson.
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LeBron James’ long drought finally ended on Wednesday night against the Nets.

After more than nine quarters without attempting a free throw, James went to the line twice in the first quarter against the Nets. He made his second of two attempts less than four minutes into the game. James ended the game 6 of 9 from the free-throw line.

Entering Wednesday’s game, James hadn’t attempted a free throw in nearly a week. The lack of action in the paint coincided with James’ removal of his protective mask for his broken nose.

Annoyed by the feel of the mask and the limited vision it caused, James ditched the gear during a game against the Spurs last Thursday.

James went 7 of 9 from the free-throw line in the Heat’s loss to San Antonio and then didn’t attempt any foul shots in games against the Bulls and Wizards.

Before this stretch of going back-to-back games without a free-throw attempt, it had been more than a decade since James failed to attempt a free throw in back-to-back games.

During James’ rookie year, he played in consecutive games against the Clippers and Hawks on Dec.3, 2003 and Dec. 6, 2003, without attempting a free throw.

Technical problem

James appeared to have a Twitter panic attack before the game when he told about 10 million followers that all his contacts had been erased on his phone. Obviously, that created a slight problem.

For one, who can remember phone numbers anymore? More importantly, one of James’ major endorsements is with Samsung.

“#WhyMeFaceRightNow,” James tweeted, followed by the universal hashtag for “shaking my head,” or in Twitter speak, “#SMH.”

James quickly deleted his original post before highlighting the positive. Apparently when James’ cell phone breaks, technical support calls him instead of the other way around.

“I’m glad I’m not an IT guy,” James said during his pregame news conference. “That’s why I played basketball.”

Zen master

Reports on Wednesday indicated that Phil Jackson was set to become the latest executive charged with fixing what’s wrong with the New York Knicks.

Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters that he had been informed that Jackson was “coming on board” in New York.

James was asked before his game against Brooklyn whether he thought that Jackson could succeed in a role similar to Pat Riley’s position in Miami.

“I don’t know,” James said. “Obviously as a coach, we’ve seen his basketball mind. We understand he has a great basketball mind. From the outside looking in, I’ve never been around him. If it happens, we’ll all be able to see it unfold.”

Shoe change

James’ began the game with a glimmering pair of red-on-white Nikes, but then switched to a pair of the all-red variety during the first half. James’ first pair of shoes appeared to twinkle either by lights or some reflective material.

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