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Erik Spoelstra hails "selfless" LeBron James

Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat calls out in the third quarter while taking on the San Antonio Spurs during Game Seven of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 20, 2013
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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says that forward LeBron James was selfless during the team's win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Erik Spoelstra has described LeBron James as "selfless" after he finished the Miami Heat's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers with 43 points.

The forward scored 25 in the first quarter of the 100-96 win, but spread the ball around during the rest of the game.

The coach told reporters: "That had nothing to do with me. Truth be told, it's not like I'm absolutely in love with those type of plays, but he had it rolling. So I took a step back for a little bit.

"That's what makes LeBron unique in this league. In today's age, there are players who would be looking for numbers with that type of start to see if you can go for 70. LeBron's just trying to play the game the right way. It takes great maturity. He's selfless."

The Heat sit second in the Eastern Conference.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James smiles during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 10, 2012
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