The NBA’s best player set a personal record on Monday night with one of the best performances of his career. LeBron James scored 61 points, as the Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats, 124-107.
The four-time MVP winner was incredibly efficient, making 22 of his 33 field goal attempts, and missing just two of his 10 three-point shots. Other than setting his own career records, James set multiple marks for the Heat franchise. His 25 points in a quarter and 37 points in the second half were the most by any player who has ever worn a Miami uniform. James added seven rebounds and five assists in the victory.
"I felt pretty good in the first half but halftime can always kind of derail things and slow things up," James said after the game. "But I was able to get things going once again in the third quarter and I knew it could be one of those nights."
The feat was especially impressive because of the team in which James had his big game against. The Bobcats may be six games under .500, but they are one of the best defensive teams in the league. They rank fifth, allowing 97.5 points per game, and their opponents are shooting just 44.3 percent from the field.
James’s performance scoring output ranks second on the year to Carmelo Anthony. The New York Knicks forward scored 62 points on Jan. 24, also against the Bobcats. James became the 22nd player in league history to score at least 60 points. Before this season, Kobe Bryant last did it in 2009 with a 61-point game of his own.
In the 2013-2014 season, James is averaging 27.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. He’s been named the MVP in the last two years, but that streak is in jeopardy. Kevin Durant is the favorite to win the award, leading the NBA in scoring and helping to give the Oklahoma City Thunder the best record in the Western Conference. Miami, though has an even better record than Oklahoma City, and James has a chance to win the award for a fifth time in six years.
Below are highlights of James’s big night. The video include all 22 of his made field goals.