by Maria Gerbic
LeBron James broke his career record Monday, March 3 with 61 points during the Miami Heat’s victory over Charlotte Bobcats. The game was his best so far in his entire career. He surpassed his previous record of 56 points, which he achieved when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2005. James sunk shots from all over the court, but surprisingly didn’t have any dunks. James made 24 points by halftime, then added 25 more during the third quarter. James hit the 61 point mark with 5:46 left to go in the game, and checked out with 1:24 left in the game. The whole team met him mid-court to congratulate him, and the crowd gave him a standing ovation.
The 61 point record beat the Miami Heat’s previous record of 56 points in one game, held by Glen Rice. James hopes that this milestone will help increase support as he competes for the NBA MVP award. James is up against Kevin Durant. James has heard a lot of talk of Durant getting the award, since his scoring for Oklahoma City has been high, but Monday night’s game definitely gave James the advantage. During the press conference after the game, James commented on his determination, saying, “Every night I go on the floor I want to be the MVP, of this league, MVP of this team, MVP for me, myself and my family,” James said. “I’ve set a high standard and I have to live by that.” James says that he knew his game was on during the 1st quarter, but had no idea that the powerful playing would continue. He set a major record for not only himself, but also for the Heat. He earned them the most points in a game, most points during one quarter (25 during 3rd), and most points in second half.
Not only is LeBron proud of himself, but his teammates and coaches are too. Heat forward Shane Battier commented on LeBron’s performance, saying, ”And the amazing part is the efficiency. Good Lord. Sixty-one on 33 shots, that’s Wilt Chamberlain-esque. That’s pretty amazing. Incredible performance.” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said during his press conference that he’s glad he didn’t take him out after the 3rd quarter, a move he was planning on making. James also thanked God and his teammates for helping him attain his goal. “The man above has given me some unbelievable abilities to play the game of basketball,” says James in an interview with Sun Sports Jason Jackson.”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.”