LeBron James absolutely annihilated the Charlotte Bobcats with a career-high performance of 61 points in a 124-107 victory in Miami.
Not only is it his highest points total ever, but it’s also a Miami Heat record. The closest previous was Glen Rice’s 56 in April 1995.
He also broke the Heat’s record for points in a quarter with 25 in the third.
Shooting 22-for-33 from the field gave James a field-goal percentage of 66.7%. Only three 60-point games since 1985 have come on more efficient shooting, per Basketball Reference. Karl Malone shot 80.8% in a 61-point performance in 1990. Tom Chambers shot 68.8% while scoring 60 the same year. Shaquille O’Neal scored 60 on 68.6% shooting in 2000. Those are the only more efficient 60-point games than LeBron.
And just for good measure he got five assists too.
The last three 55-point games in the NBA have all come against the Bobcats (LeBron, Carmelo, Deron Williams).