We all knew LeBron James was really good, but every once in a while he goes out and reminds us just how good he really is. He did that once again tonight when he blew up the Charlotte Bobcats for a career-high 61 points.
James, who often doesn’t focus on his scoring totals as much as other historically great players, shot 22 of 33 from the field in the performance, including an impressive 8 of 10 from three point range. And, unlike other times when star players went for high point totals, he also added seven rebounds and five assists.
James and the Miami Heat won their eighth straight game and are back on track as the favorite to win the title, but that will be a footnote in history to LeBron’s epic scoring night. A player that is clearly the best the league has to offer, he has been challenged more often this year than he has in a long time.
For a while now we’ve all tried to make Kevin Durant his rival. But, that is kind of like saying a hammer has a rivalry with the nail. That was until Durant came out this winter and started playing as good as we all know he can. Now we’ve had James’ answer, and now we know that all he needed was for someone to give him a little motivation.
The reality is that he’s so good we can’t compare him to players we have now, we have to compare him to the historically great players of the past.
Tonight is one of those nights that will be at the top of the resume when it comes to figuring out exactly where his place in history lies. He’s won his championships and his MVP trophies, and tonight he reminded us all that he has what it takes to put up eye-popping statistics. If he feels like it, that is.