LeBron scores 61 in victory
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MIAMI — LeBron James scored a career-high 61 points, breaking Glen Rice's franchise record, and the Miami Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 124-107, on Monday night.
James made 22 of 33 shots from the field, including his first eight 3-point attempts. His career best had been 56 points March 20, 2005, for Cleveland against Toronto.
Rice scored 56 to set the Heat record April 15, 1995, against Orlando.
James had 24 points at halftime, then added 25 in the third quarter. The record-breaker came with 5:46 left, when James spun through three defenders for a layup that fell as he tumbled to the court.
Al Jefferson had 38 points and 19 rebounds for the Bobcats, his huge night merely an afterthought.
When James checked out with 1:24 left, the Heat roster met him near midcourt for high-fives and hugs, and the sellout crowd gave him a standing ovation. A second huge roar followed when he waved to the crowd, as “M-V-P” chants rained down.
Charlotte has allowed the two biggest single-game scoring totals in the NBA this season. Carmelo Anthony had 62 points for the New York Knicks against the Bobcats on Jan. 24.
Chris Bosh scored 15 for the Heat, and Toney Douglas added 10.
Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 12 for Charlotte.
Miami was without guard Dwyane Wade, who got a night off to rest. Wade probably didn't mind sitting for this one. It gave him a courtside seat for the show put on by James.
Actually, the night started as the Jefferson show, but it didn't matter.
This was The LeBron Show, plain and simple.
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