Went to a pair of Heat games, including LeBron’s 61-point outing (humble brag), and spoke with Mario Chalmers. We talked about his role in the pick-and-roll, being prepared for the NBA by Bill Self, and mentoring Norris Cole in this feature piece I did for Dime Magazine.
Just when you think you got LeBron James figured out, he goes and pulls something like this off: a 61-point outing against the league’s sixth best defense.
Scoring 25 of those 61 in the third quarter, LeBron finished the night shooting 22-for-33 from the field, 8-for-10 from three, including making his first eight, and 9-for-12 from the foul line.
It’s the highest scoring game of his career, breaking the 56-point mark he scored in a loss against Toronto back in 2005, and it’s the highest scoring game in Heat franchise history, snapping the 56-point mark set by Glen Rice nearly two decades ago.
It’s the fourth time since the 1986-87 season a player has recorded at least 61 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in a single game. The other three were Tracy McGrady (62-10-5), Michael Jordan (69-18-6) and David Robinson (71-14-5).
LeBron, however, needed only 41 minutes to record his 61-7-5. Those other three all played at least 44 minutes, with Jordan playing 50 minutes in a game that went into overtime.
LeBron also made only nine free throws and attempted only 12. Jordan, Robinson and McGrady by comparison all took at least 23 free throw attempts.
Also, none of them shot better than 64 percent. LeBron was at 67 percent against the Bobcats. He became one of only four players in NBA history to score at least 60 points on at least 30 shots on better than 60 percent shooting.
None of LeBron’s makes came off a dunk.
In other words, he’s really good. In case you didn’t already know.
We Heat fans get bored too easily. In the midst of LeBron James having his nose broken and the Heat having won the past five and eight of their past nine, we’re falling into the trap, once again, of being obsessed with who the Heat will sign to fill out the final roster spot.
In the same sequence, LeBron James revealed a human side along with the already-known fact that he is a cyborg created in a laboratory by government-sanctioned scientists tasked with creating the perfect basketball player.
It wasn’t until LeBron bled that we realized he was an actual human being. Actually, it was when we saw the blood that stained the Chesapeake Energy Arena was red, rather than the expected luminescent, glowing green, that we realized he was human.
The inhuman, man-beast part, however, occurred prior to LeBron selling an injury that was not even declared a foul, despite getting fouled by Ibaka at least twice on the drive.
No, it was LeBron capable of absorbing a rake across from the face from the 6-10, 245-pound shot-blocker, taking two more steps, and then dunking over the same defender who just broke his nose a few seconds before.
That was the part where we seriously considered if LeBron is either from another planet and goes around eating galaxies for nourishment or was constructed out of titanium and is capable of throwing tanks like the Hulk.
Oh, and he also went for 33 points, making it the fourth consecutive game with at least 33 points, on 22 shots in only 33 minutes. The broken nose forced him to leave the game with 5:50 left, preventing the opportunity of back-to-back 40-point games.
GET THOSE MVP ROPES OUTTA’ HERE.
No recap for today. Instead, take time out to view the insane game LeBron James had against the Phoenix Suns Tuesday night.
I wonder if LeBron James became more motivated to play with the Los Angeles Clippers after overcoming their 42 free throws and 21 offensive rebounds in the Miami Heat’s 116-112 road win Wednesday night.