LeBron James once again demonstrated his mastery of his craft by scoring 30 points, grabbing nine rebounds and contributing nine assists to lead the Miami Heat to a resounding 117-94 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

James played very little in the second half due to a slight left ankle sprain, but that is not expected to prevent him from taking the court in future games.

Guard Dwyane Wade added 27 points, five rebounds and two assists, a contribution that was key in taking the Heat to their 17th consecutive victory against an Eastern Conference rival.

The streak is the longest of its kind ever achieved by an Eastern Conference team during the regular season.

The Boston Celtics won 20 consecutive games against Western Conference teams in 1973.

Center Chris Bosh tallied 20 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots, tossing in his two cents to help the 18-6 Heat approach to within two games of the Indiana Pacers, who are presently 20-4 for the season. The Miami team now leads the Southeastern Division of the Eastern Conference prior to facing off against the Pacers on Wednesday.

Reserve guard Alec Burks led the Jazz attack, scoring 31 points and adding seven assists and four steals.

Power forward Derrick Favors added 17 points and Swiss center Enes Kanter rounded out the list of three Jazz players to put up double digits with 14 points.

The Jazz is currently 6-21, giving it the worse record in the Western Conference so far this season. EFE