LeBron James recorded a legendary game on Monday night against the Charlotte Bobcats. The 61-point display from James will undoubtedly take the MVP discussion to the next level as the second half of the season heats up.
We took James’ greatest game ever and broke it down into 10 incredible stats. Hold on to your hats, because it’s impressive.
- LeBron broke the Miami Heat’s franchise record of 56 points scored in a single game, which was set by Glen Rice in 1995 against the Orlando Magic.
- The NBA’s last three 55+ point games all came against the Bobcats (LeBron, Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams).
- James dished five assists. For comparison, in Melo’s 62 point game against the Bobcats, he didn’t record any assists (shocker, I know).
- First time in James’ career that he has scored 50+ points in a game at home.
- This is James’ 10th 50+ point game in his career, tying him with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for 7th all time.
- This is James’ second game with 20+ baskets in his career, the other coming against Orlando in the 2009 playoffs.
- He broke the Heat’s franchise record of 24 points in a quarter with 25 in the third.
- James’ scoring output in the third quarter equaled the Bobcats’ 25 points.
- At one point during the game, James was a perfect 8-for-8 from beyond the arc. He finished 8-for-10, which is tied for the most threes he’s ever hit in a game.
- And last, but maybe the most impressive: Charlotte center Al Jefferson recorded 38 points and 19 rebounds, but hardly anyone will even know it happened.