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This Date in NBA History (March 3): LeBron James scores career-high 61 points

On March 3, 2014, LeBron James had the highest scoring game of his NBA career.

In a 127-104 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, James led the Miami Heat with 61 points on 22-for-33 shooting from the field, 8-for-10 from 3-point range and 9-for-12 from the free throw line. He scored 37 points in the second half alone, 25 of which came in a third quarter where the Heat took control of the game.

It's two of several franchise records James set with his performance.

"Once he sniffed 60, we knew he was going for it," Heat forward Shane Battier said. "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."

James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game in the 2013-14 season, doing so on a career-best 56.7 percent shooting from the field. He finished second in MVP voting behind Kevin Durant.

James led the Heat to their fourth straight appearance in the NBA Finals, though they came up short against the San Antonio Spurs, losing in five games.

In the offseason, James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers to start a new chapter in his career.

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