James scores career-high 61 in win over Bobcats

James scores career-high 61 in win over Bobcats

Miami Heat's LeBron James goes up to dunk in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Miami. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored a career-high 61 points, breaking Glen Rice’s franchise record, and the Miami Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 124-107 on Monday night.

James made 22 of 33 shots from the field, including his first eight 3-point attempts. His career best had been 56 points, on March 20, 2005, for Cleveland against Toronto.

Rice scored 56 to set the Heat record on April 15, 1995, against Orlando.

James had 24 points at halftime, then added 25 in the third quarter. The record-breaker came with 5:46 left, when James spun through three defenders for a layup that fell as he tumbled to the court.

Al Jefferson had 38 points and 19 rebounds for the Bobcats, his huge night merely an afterthought.

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