On Monday night LeBron James made his case for another MVP trophy by setting a career high and a Miami Heat franchise record 61 points. LeBron tops his prior performance of 55 points in a win versus the Milwaukee Bucks in 2009, during the Bobcats game he was spot on from the arc, making his first eight 3-point shots.
LeBron James is slowing closing gap in the MVP race, he’s now neck and neck with Kevin Durant as the Oklahoma City Thunder have hit a speed bump – winning only 3-6 over the last few weeks. The Heat, on the other hand, have won eight straight and look to make it nine in a row versus the Houston Rockets.
With his 61 point performance, LeBron James joins a list of players that include Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, and Bernard King just to name a few. He is only the second player this season to score more than 60 points. Carmelo Anthony set a New York Knicks franchise record earlier this year with 62 points, ironically in another defeat of the Charlotte Bobcats.
Both performances were great but there is a reason why James and Melo experienced such great scoring outputs versus the Bobcats – they are one of the worst teams in the league. Personally, I am not overly impressed by LeBron’s 61 performance versus the Bobcats. I am however, impressed by his overall play throughout the Heat’s last eight consecutive victories. Check out LeBron’s 61 point performance video below.