Miami Heat: Enourmous night for LeBron James

How does LeBron James do it? I thought his performance against the Knicks last Thursday night with the black protective mask was phenomenal, but he continues to outdo himself.

James scored a career-high and set a franchise record, scoring 61 points as the Miami Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night. James’ previous career high was 56 points in 2005 when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers. James made 22 of 33 shots from the field and hit eight of his ten three point shots. James scored 37 points in the second half, which is the most points in a second half by any Heat player ever. James also set new career highs and Heat records by scoring 25 points in the third quarter and making 22 field goals in a game. The Heat were without Dwyane Wade, but that didn’t seem to matter to James.

James continues to play well even wearing the protective mask. He’s averaging 37.3 points per game in the three games wearing the mask and is closing the gap on Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant for MVP.

I always expect James to have great games, but when James has a career game he catches me by surprise. I should have expected it, since the Bobcats just gave up 62 points to Carmelo Anthony. The Bobcats are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, so this game shouldn’t be pushed aside because of the team James played. With another great performance last night James continues to show why he’s the best player in the league.

The Heat are currently on an eight game winning streak and are making a final push for the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. The Heat have been playing great basketball since coming off the All-Star break, gearing up for the playoffs. James has played out of his mind the second half of the season shooting 67.9 percent from the field and 51.9 percent from three-point range. With the team clicking at the right time, the Heat are slowly starting to put other teams on notice.

This was the best game of James career. He set three new career highs and tied a fourth. He also set three new Heat records. I know James has had great playoff performances in the past, but what James did last night was special. It was great seeing James make his first eight three point shots, shooting 30 feet away from the basket. James was virtually unstoppable last night like he is in the video game NBA 2K14 and the Bobcats had no answer to stop him. James was making jump shots from all over the court. I know the game didn’t count towards anything, but when James sets personal best in four different statistical categories, it’s hard not to say that this wasn’t the best game in LeBron’s career.