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Freeman: Blazers In Awe Of LeBron James After Loss To Heat

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The Portland Trail Blazers left impressed with Miami Heat forward LeBron James.

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Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports that the Portland Trail Blazers left impressed by Miami Heat forward LeBron James, who had 30 points, nine assists, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a double-digit win on Tuesday night.

"You have to guard him close, you have to play him tough and we did that," Nicolas Batum said of James. "But, I mean, we're just human. He's not."

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Meanwhile, in Sasha Pavlovic's corner stall, Batum, and Will Barton were huddled around him, bantering back-and-forth about the remarkable performance they had just watched. At one point Pavlovic laughed and announced: "You've got to listen to this, he says LeBron was created in a lab. He's crazy."

"He" was Barton and he went on to ramble for several minutes.

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