TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

LeBron scores 61 in victory

AP
The Heat's LeBron James drives to the basket to score two of his 61 points against the Bobcats on Monday, March 3, 2014, in Miami.

TribLIVE Sports Videos

By The Associated Press
Monday, March 3, 2014, 10:21 p.m.
 

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.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pirates fall short in bid for Lester, who’s traded to Oakland
  2. EPA talks on pollution limits trigger protests, arrests Downtown
  3. After years of lobbying, Big Ben has Steelers running the no-huddle
  4. Pa. senator investigates Rocky Mountain high at taxpayers’ expense
  5. Spaling, Penguins agree to $4.4 million deal
  6. It’s lights out for Bayer sign on Mt. Washington
  7. Steelers hold high hopes for pass defense
  8. Steelers notebook: Brown calls Sanders’ comments about Roethlisberger ‘terrible’
  9. Oakland eatery Fuel & Fuddle to reopen under new owners
  10. 2 more charged in PennDOT corruption investigation
  11. Elderly funeral home director gets up to 12 years for murder
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.