Masked LeBron leads Heat rout of Knicks

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A sleek protective mask did nothing to affect LeBron James' game on Thursday night as he scored 31 points in a 108-82 drubbing of New York. It was James' first game back after breaking his nose against the Thunder a week earlier.

Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives as New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives as New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives as New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives against the New York Knicks during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives against the New York Knicks during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives against the New York Knicks during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) adjusts his mask during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) adjusts his mask during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) adjusts his mask during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) celebrates after scoring against the New York Knicks during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Miami won 108-82. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) celebrates after scoring against the New York Knicks during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Miami won 108-82. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) celebrates after scoring against the New York Knicks during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Miami won 108-82. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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