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LeBron James sets career high and breaks Heat record with 61 points in win over Bobcats (video)

LeBron James proved on Monday night that if any player is going to supplant him as the NBA MVP, said player is going to have to fight him for it. On Monday at AmeicanAirlines Arena, LeBron scored 61 points — a new career high and Miami Heat franchise record — in a 124-107 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

James put on a show that established he is just as likely to win the NBA MVP Award for the third consecutive season — and fifth out of the last six — by going 22-33 from the field while draining his first eight three-point attempts as he led the Heat to the team’s eighth straight victory.

“The man above has given me some unbelievable abilities to play the game of basketball,” James said, according to NBA.com. “I just try to take advantage of it every night. I got the trust of my teammates and my coaching staff to go in there and let it go.”

Teammate Shane Battier said he knew relatively early that LeBron was eying a 60-point night and wouldn’t be denied.

“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’ shot chart demonstrates just how incredible of a performance it was (via @ESPNStatsInfo):

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Wow. Yeah, he’s pretty good at basketball and stuff.

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