History was made tonight, as the Miami Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 124-107, to improve to 43-14 on the season.
For the Heat, Chris Bosh scored 15 points and seven rebounds and Toney Douglas scored 10 points starting in place of Dwyane Wade. But the story of the night without question, was LeBron James. He finished the night with a franchise and career high 61 points on 22-33 shooting, including 8 three-pointers. He also managed to grab seven rebounds and five assists.
For the Bobcats, Al Jefferson scored 38 points and pulled down 19 rebounds. Chris Douglas-Roberts and Anthony Tolliver each scored 12 points. Cody Zeller and Gary Neal each contributed 10 points.
This was a pretty entertaining game, even before James went on his scoring rampage. The Heat led 29-26 after the first quarter, with Jefferson scoring 14 points and James scoring 11. The Heat doubled that lead going into halftime, up 60-54. Jefferson and James scorched through the second half as well, ending the first half with 26 and 24 points, respectively.
Then James erupted for 37 points in the second half, including 25 in the third quarter. This was James’ finest hour in a Heat uniform, outside of winning the last two championships. He been “surpassed” in the eyes of many by Kevin Durant this season, and this was the latest reminder that James is not to be forgotten. Since the All-Star break, he is averaging 37.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.
The Heat’s next game is tomorrow night, against the Houston Rockets (40-19). The tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 PM.