Thursday, July 30, 2015

LeBron nets career-best 61

MIAMI—Best player. Best game of his career.
LeBron James clearly isn’t ready to concede his MVP award to anyone yet.

Dazzling from inside and out, James put on the best scoring show of his NBA life last night, pouring in 61 points—a career high and franchise record—as the Miami Heat dumped the Charlotte Bobcats 124-107.
It was the eighth-straight win for the two-time defending champs, who are starting to roll as the playoffs get near.
James made 22-of-33 shots from the field, including his first eight three-point attempts.
“The man above has given me some unbelievable abilities to play the game of basketball,” James said.
“I just try to take advantage of it every night.
“I got the trust of my teammates and my coaching staff to go in there and let it go.”
His career best had been 56 points, set on March 20, 2005 for Cleveland against Toronto.
Glen Rice scored 56 to set the Heat record back on 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 lay-up that fell as he tumbled to the court.
“There was an efficiency to what he was doing,” noted Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “The rim looked like an ocean for him.”
Spoelstra walked into his post-game news conference with a confession: he nearly took James out after the third quarter.
Good thing he thought better of that plan.
“He was in a great groove, obviously,” Spoelstra said.
Al Jefferson had 38 points and 19 rebounds for the Bobcats—his huge night merely an afterthought.
This was all about LeBron.
“You take away his 61 points and we still had a fighting chance there at the end,” Jefferson said.

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