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Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James explodes for a season-high 51 points in Lakers win over the Heat

LeBron James returned to Miami for the first time as a Los Angeles Laker and he brought the Showtime to South Beach in their 113-97 win.

James poured in a season-high 51 points on a sizzling 19-of-31 from the field, lighting up from beyond the arc with six threes on eight attempts.

Today marked the 13th 50-point game of his career, including playoffs and the most points he's ever scored against the Heat. His previous best was 47, which he did twice.

James started the game with a bang, scoring 19 points in the first quarter as the Lakers took a 34-21 lead and they never trailed, expanding the lead out to as many as 21 points.

"From the jump ball, he was going," Lakers coach Luke Walton told reporters post-game. "He was in attack mode, and he was making shots. When players are as good as LeBron and have that night, it just looks easy for them. It's not easy, but they make it look easy because they're that good."

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope continued his good form off the bench with 19 points, while Kyle Kuzma added 15. Brandon Ingram finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.

Josh Richardson scored 17 points for the Heat, before he was ejected in the fourth quarter for throwing one of his sneakers into the crowd, while arguing about a foul call that went against him. Wayne Ellington led the way with 19 points, while Tyler Johnson added 17.

Dwyane Wade was out for today's game after the birth of his and wife Gabrielle Union-Wade's daughter.

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