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LeBron James breaks personal, Miami Heat single-game scoring records with 61 points

Mar 3, 2014, 9:37 PM EDT

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  1. money2long - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    So y’all ignore the opposition when it’s lebron getting the feat ? And y’all attack ppl who praised Kobe and MELO bcuz of their opposition ?

    • antistratfordian - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      Charlotte is 6th in the league in Defensive Efficiency. Melo dropped it on the same team. I don’t know where Kobe comes in… he’s never scored 60 on a team ranked so high on defense.

      • money2long - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:56 AM

        Shut ya bloodclot mouth

      • blackman24 - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:51 AM

        Um, the 05 Mavericks were the 9th ranked D when Kobe went for 62 in 3 qtrs.

      • antistratfordian - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:53 AM

        Yes, I just said that. Kobe has never scored 60 on a defense ranked so high.

      • money2long - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:57 AM

        U forget. Heat fans are nitpicky. Haha. Defense so high ? Hahah. I would think hating the Mavs is much harder than beating the cats. But let’s let advance stats wrap out mind. Heat fans will give more credit to the cats because lebron did so good against them.

      • antistratfordian - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        so well

      • money2long - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:58 AM

        Beating the Mavs *

      • money2long - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:59 AM

        Warp our mind*

      • anjohn39 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        He Did it on the Mavs ….in 3 Qtrs and out scored the whole entire team ..Dont even mention Kobe far as scoring he’s on a different planet .Dude has went for 50 23 times and if you count the 60 point games and that 81 point game its 33 times

      • antistratfordian - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:14 AM

        Kobe is a worse scorer. He just shot more. But even though he took more shots his career average is still lower (even if you remove his two years on the bench), his playoff career average is lower, his points per shot is lower, his total points by age 29 is lower, etc, etc, etc.

        LeBron is also far more consistent – he’s much less likely than Kobe to either have a sub 30% shooting game or a single digit scoring game.

        Or think about it like this: When LeBron decides that he wants to score right now, he does 58.2% of the time. The best success rate Kobe could ever manage was 46.9%. That means, even in his best year, when Kobe tried to score he failed more often than he succeeded. That’s not good.

        Mamba just a textbook chucker, son. Don’t be fooled by that hokum.

  2. money2long - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    The hypocritical posts on here get me so itchy.
    Heat fans do it with players the team signs like oden and Beasley.
    Now they do it with stats seeing as how none of them will say it’s the bobcats. But will not hesitate to say let’s see Carmelo do this against he spurs or thunder … Where is a heat fan to say that ? Y’all too busy yelling MVP and boasting of charlotte’s defensive efficiency ?

    • pantsfreezone - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:10 AM

      Melo has one above average skill. Scoring. Inefficiently at times. LeBron is playing several levels above Melo. Has been his entire career.

      Build a bridge and get over it.

      • money2long - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:55 AM

        THats your reasoning ? To go against Melos talent ?
        U didn’t address my issue. At all. How come ur not just saying it’s the bobcats ?

      • pantsfreezone - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        Because I didn’t say that when Melo scored 62. I did comment on the fact that he had 62 points and zero assists, because that was funny.

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      you cant speak for all heat fans…first thing i said was 61..against the bobcats, but THEN I saw they ranked high on defense, and besides theyre still an NBA team, not to mention look at how effecient james was with no dunks??

      in 100 more games the same scenario, i dont see james going THAT efficient. I give props where its due..congrats to melo getting 62 earlier in the season as well

      • money2long - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        keep in mind im not saying its bad to acknowledge the bobcats pro’s. the point is the SAME people who discredited kobe’s and melo’s performances simply because they came against teams who will not win a title are the same ones who ignore that aspect just to allow themselves to give praise to lebron.

      • kalibakcruel - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        money keeps bringing up Kobe…why? People gave Melo his dues earlier in the season despite his 0 assists.

  3. davidly - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    Of course some troll is gonna come along and mention that Jordan’s game with 69/18/6 and 4 steals was on the road and that he once scored 50+ in 8 straight games. HATERS!!!!11

    • blueintown - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:29 AM

      The NBA record for consecutive 50 point games is 7, and is held by Wilt Chamberlain.

      • miamatt - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:02 AM

        This site is better when @blueintown is posting. Always dropping facts, never fiction.

      • davidly - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:09 AM

        Okay, so it was three consecutive games for MJ, two consecutive playoff games with 50 plus. That doesn’t mean some troll won’t come along and say he had 8;-)

  4. money2long - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    This is the proof in the pudding that heat fans are very hypocritical.

    You all know for a fact y’all would be very quick to downplay these stats becuase they are the bobcats. And if your argument hinges on ASSISTS then it shows how fickle you are.

    You heat fans want to convince yourself that your team can P gold. You all have double standards. U heat fans are all officially blind to me. Praising and hollering to the moon yet if anyone did that y’all would nitpick becuase simply it was the bobcats and not the spurs or thunder. And none of you will admit that.

    But you all will all of a sudden give the cats their credit for being so good at defensive efficiency to make y’all feel good about your savior’s efforts tonight ? Give me a break. Hypocrites. To the fullest. Unbelievable. MVP MVP MVP. Hahahah.

    Which one of u will step up and not be a hypocrite ? I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve credit for a good night. My only point is you guys are the same ones who would’ve bashed anybody for giving MELO or Kobe credit for a good game against this team becuase it’s THIS team ! Open your eyes.

  5. money2long - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    Had lebron did this against the spurs, all heat fans would say “and this comes against a team with credentials not what Kobe n melo did”. Wowwww double standard

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Reading all theses comments, I think it might be time to ditch PBT. You’re all a bunch of idiots. I think I’m done here.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      1972: We need you here.

      s/ one of the idiots ;-\

    • ewyorksockexchange - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      It reminds me a lot of when PFT went downhill. For a few years, there was a small group of intelligent and coherent commenters, having good conversations about football and personnel. This was back when there might be 35 thumbs up/down max on a comment. 50 if it was something really huge. Now it’s not abnormal to see 1200 up/down combined for a comment on a big story, the moderation can’t keep up with the craziness, many of the commenters appear barely literate at times, half of the accounts are trolls (Many of whom I think are probably the same guy using a bunch of different handles), and it’s basically no different from reading the comments on youtube or cnn. The same thing happens to every site as it gets more popular. Internet entropy, I guess.

      The last decent spot around is HBT, but even that is starting to slip a little bit.

  7. unxpexted1 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    I can’t stand one way or another when people minimize great accopmlishments. I don’t care if Lebron scored 61 points against the Bucks and Melo did the same thing. Both of those are great feats in the NBA. People just don’t score 60 like that.

    I do agree with money tho. I remember when Carmelo scored sixty and it was against the bobcats allk you heard was “but its the bobcats” and “he didn’t have an assist”. WHO CARES, dude scored 60 points!! Great, lebron had what, 5 assist. Melo had 13 boards. I could nitpick Lebron and say “well he didn’t have a double double” But whats the point in that. He scored SIXTY!!

    My point is, both of these are great accomplishments in different ways. Just respect what you’re seeing. Why everybody trying to diminish great accomplishments.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      Not everybody.

  8. thesixersbench - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    This blog needs a commenter inquisition. I can appreciate clever trolling, but you guys are just morons.

    That being said….what an accomplishment. I’m not the biggest LeBron fan – he’s made quite a few decisions in his career that I find tasteless and disagree with (whether it’s him or his ‘management’, final say is his) – but I love watching this guy play and he has certainly matured and grown into his own skin in the past few years. I never thought I’d see a player come close to MJ after he retired…and LBJ still isn’t in his league in terms of his accomplishments and mentality….but I’ll be damned if he isn’t close in natural talent and skill development. The guy is at the peak of his powers right now and can do almost anything he wants on the court. He’s a god out there.

    I’m a huge Durant fan, but LeBron is clearly the best player in the world and a level above KD. As an NBA fan first and foremost, I’m very excited to see how this rivalry develops. It’s clear to me that Durant considers himself on LeBron’s level and desperately wants what LeBron now has – the hunger and desire to be considered his equal and, perhaps, even surpass him, is going to turn him into a better player than he’d be otherwise without LeBron’s influence (and vice versa, to a smaller degree with LeBron).

    June can’t come soon enough – a Thunder – Heat rematch could result in one of the all-time great Finals series.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Great comment.

  9. doctordunkenstein - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    money2long…u seriously need some help bro. u are obsessed with LBJ and its not a good thing…90% of posts on this article are from you blabbering on and on about the bobcats and how kobe is better, etc. keep in mind this the same bobcats team that always beats the lakers…LOL. just shut up and save yourself more embarrassment…go home, your drunk!!

    • money2long - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      lol i’d explain..but another time. you’re funny though. im not even mad at this post. you just don’t understand, so i get it

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