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By the numbers: LeBron's remarkable night

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Oh what a night, indeed. Some of the math from LeBron James' 61-point eruption Monday against the Bobcats, courtesy of Heat minutiae maven Rob Wilson, as well as Elias Sports Bureau and ESPN:

-- James, who leads the Heat in dunks this season with 94, did NOT have one in his record-setting performance against the Bobcats.

-- James, in addition to setting the franchise single-game scoring record with 61 points against the Bobcats also set franchise records for points in a half (37 in the second half), points in a quarter (25 in the third quarter) and field goals made for a game (22). Additionally he tied the Heat franchise records for field goals made in a half (14 in the second half) and field goals made in a quarter (9 in the fourth quarter).

-- James set career single-game highs in points (61) and field goals made (22) and tied his career high in 3-point field goals made with eight (second time in his career).

--  The 61 points and 22 field goals made each established new AmericanAirlines Arena records and his eight 3-point field goals made tied the building set previously accomplished by Ben Gordon, J.R. Smith, Damon Jones and earlier this season (Jan. 2) by Stephen Curry.

-- James' 61-point performance marked just the seventh time in franchise history that Heat had an individual score at least 50 points in a game and each of the top three highest scoring games have all occurred at home.

-- The 50-plus point scoring efforts in Heat history:

Points: Player/Opponent Date

61: LeBron James vs. Charlotte Bobcats, 3-3-14

56: Glen Rice vs. Orlando, 4-15-95

55: Dwyane Wade vs. New York, 4-12-09

51: LeBron James @ Orlando, 2-3-11

50***: Dwyane Wade vs. Utah, 3-14-09

50: Dwyane Wade @ Orlando, 2-22-09

50: Alonzo Mourning vs. Washington, 3-29-96

*-Indicates an overtime period

-- James connected on 66.7 percent (22-33) of his field-goal attempts vs. the Bobcats and has now hit at least 66 percent of his field goal attempts in each of his last five games. During the five-game stretch he’s shooting 74-109 (.679) from the floor.

-- James opened the game with 11 first-quarter points. It marked the fifth time in the last six games that James has scored double-figure points in the opening quarter.

-- It marked the first time as a member of the Heat that James scored in double figures in all four quarters of a game. Since joining the Heat he has scored in double figures in a quarter 248 times.

-- James' yearly breakdown of double-figure scoring quarters as a member of the Heat:

2010-11: 72

2011-12: 56

2012-13: 64

2013-14: 56

TOTAL: 248

-- The 37-point second half by James marked just the second time he has recorded a 30-point half as a member of the Heat, the first time was a 32-point second half at Houston on Nov. 12, 2012.

-- During the Heat's current eight-game winning streak in which James has played seven games (he missed the Feb. 23 game vs. Chicago due to his broken nose), he's averaging 37.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.43 steals while shooting 100-157 (.637) from the floor, 20-40 (.500) from 3-point range and 40-57 (.702) from the free-throw line.

From Elias Sports Bureau:

-- James became the second player to score 60 or more points in a game this season, joining New York's Carmelo Anthony, who also did it against Charlotte (62 points on January 24).

-- Only two other teams in NBA history have allowed 60 or more points in a game to two different players in a single season, and in both instances the Knicks were the culprit. New York allowed Elgin Baylor (71 points) and Wilt Chamberlain (67) to score 60 or more points in a game during the 1960-61 season and in the very next season, allowed two 60-point games to Chamberlain (including his 100-point performance) and another to Jerry West.

And from ESPN Stats and Information:

-- The Bobcats have been the opposing team the past three times that a player scored at least 55 points (Deron Williams, Anthony and James).

-- In three games since donning a face mask to protect his broken nose, James is shooting 67 percent from the field and averaging 37.3 points. He also hasn't hesitated to go to the basket over that span, making 28 of his 34 shots in the paint.

-- Monday, James was 6 of 6 when shooting a 3-pointer from the left side. He did not attempt a 3-pointer from that side of the court in either of the previous two games.

-- It marked only the second time in the past 24 seasons that two different players scored at least 60 points in a game in the same season. The other was in 2006-2007, when Kobe Bryant and Gilbert Arenas did so.

-- James had 61 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He's only the seventh different player to hit all three of those benchmarks in a game. The others are Elgin Baylor (twice), Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Michael Jordan, David Robinson and Tracy McGrady.

-- This was the 10th time that James scored at least 50 points in a game. It was the first in which he did so on his home court.

-- James finished with an effective field-goal percentage (a stat that adds weight for 3-point shots) of 78.8 percent.  Elias Sports Bureau notes that only two players in the shot-clock era have had a higher such percentage in a 60-point game: Chamberlain (82.9) and Karl Malone (80.8).

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