May 25, 2017

LeBron James’ single game career highs in points, assists, and more

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It was prophetic that LeBron James was nicknamed “King James” so early. And it wasn’t because he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

Since the day he was born to a 16-year old Gloria Marie James, LeBron Raymone James has had to work for every piece of success that he’s achieved. As he famously said in this Sports Illustrated feature, nothing is given because everything in Northeast Ohio is worked hard for and earned.

So nearly every bit of success the 6’9 forward has achieved in basketball has been a product of blue collar hard work. For a kid who started playing in the NBA at age 18, before the NBA’s age restrictions, LeBron’s resume of success is a long one. And now in his early 30s, LeBron has changed our perception of what the prime age of an NBA player is, that list of accomplishments and awards will only get longer.

Career Accomplishments Leave Nothing to Be Desired

To sum: LeBron is an NBA champion, a former regular season MVP; he’s also won MVPs in both the NBA Finals and NBA All-Star Game. He has an Olympic Gold Medal, won NBA Rookie of the Year and has several All-NBA First team selection, All NBA Defensive First team selection and was even led the NBA in scoring. LeBron has every prestigious basketball achievements a player could hope for. Here’s a more detailed list as of 2017:

  • NBA champion (2012, 2013, 2016)
  • NBA Finals MVP (2012, 2013, 2016)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
  • Olympic Gold Medalist
  • NBA All-Star (2005–2017)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (2006, 2008)
  • All-NBA First Team (2006, 2008–2016)
  • All-NBA Second Team (2005, 2007)
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009–2013)
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2014)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (2004)
  • NBA scoring champion (2008)
  • AP Athlete of the Year (2013, 2016)
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year (2012, 2016)
  • USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (2012)
  • Mr. Basketball USA (2002, 2003)
  • Naismith Prep Player of the Year (2003)
  • McDonald’s All-American Game MVP (2003)
  • 3× Ohio Mr. Basketball (2001–2003)

That’s quite the list. That’s a lot of rings and trophies and plaques. When LeBron recently said “I have nothing left to prove” who are we to look at his list of awards, medals and championships and say anything different.

“Seriously, what else would I have [to do]?” James said. “I’ve won championships, I won my first one and I’ve won for my teammates, I came home and won. There isn’t anything I have left to prove.”

And by the end of the 2017 NBA Playoffs, he might be the all-time leading scorer in the postseason. Whether you love him or despise LeBron, when it comes to the discussion of the all-time greats, he’s at the top of that exclusive list.

As you’ve scrolled though the long bullet list above he definitely has the receipts to back up that claim if for whatever reason, The Basketball Hall of Fame wants to audit his career. That’s not necessary, most everyone admits, begrudgingly or not, that LeBron is “The King” of his era.

LeBron James’ Career High in Points

Though not nearly as impressive as James’ trophy room are his single game personal bests. That’s not to knock LeBron at all; I can’t underscore this enough: LeBron does everything really well, but rarely will you find him in the top three in scoring, rebounding, or assists in any one year.

Despite only ever leading the league in scoring once and never once leading the league in assists, rebounds, or steals he’s a beast climbing up the all-time list in points (currently 9th), assists (12th), and steals (22nd). For a non-power forward or center, LeBron is 83rd in all-time rebounds.

Now let’s take a look at what LeBron’s hard work has reaped via his single game career high numbers:

Lebron James' Career Highs (Single Game)
Category Career High Date Opponent
Points 61 03/03/14 New Orleans Hornets
Rebounds 19 1/11/08 Charlotte Hornets
Assists 17 02/06/17 Washington Wizards
Steals 7 12/31/04 Memphis Grizzlies
Blocks 5 2 times Chicago Bulls
Off Rebounds 7 2 times Cleveland Cavaliers
Def Rebounds 17 04/14/05 New York Knicks
FG Made 22 03/03/14 New Orleans Hornets
FG Att 36 03/20/05 Toronto Raptors
3 Pts Made 8 2 times New Orleans Hornets
3 Pts Att 13 3 times New Knicks
FT Made 24 03/12/06 Miami Heat
FT Att 28 03/12/06 Miami Heat
Turnovers 10 03/28/05 New Orleans Pelicans
FIC 41.50 02/26/14 Sacramento Kings

Related: A list of 300 NBA players’ career high in points

Mama, There Goes That (Masked) Man: James’ Career Night in Points

There have only been 29 players in the history of the NBA to score at least 60 points in a single NBA game. Although he hasn’t primarily been known as a scorer, not surprisingly, James is one of the players.

On March 3, 2014, a masked LeBron James erupted for 61 points in the Miami Heat’s 124-107 win against Charlotte (then known as the Bobcats). Aside from scoring 61, King James also tallied a personal best 22 field goals made and 8 three pointers during that contest. He also finished the game with 7 rebounds and 5 assists as he erased the previous Miami franchise record of 56 points.

LeBron’s All-Around Play Translated

More than a scorer, James is known as an excellent all-around athlete. And if you take a look at his career highs in rebounds and assists, the numbers are almost identical. That’s because James is not just a  a terrific rebounder with his size and strength, but his biggest strength might be how unselfish he is; always making the right pass. That, along with excellent court vision makes LeBron a unique player that basically defined the point forward role.

James’ career high 7 steals against the Grizzlies came on the day after his 20th birthday while his personal best of five blocks occurred twice and before he turned twenty. So you see, James was a statistical machine when he was much younger. These days, he’s more concerned about winning championships.

With unparalleled combination of size and strength as well as finesse with an ever improving shooting touch, there’s no doubt that LeBron James is one of the top five players in NBA history.

And LeBron’s Not Yet Done

Interestingly though, James’ personal best in assists happened during the 2017 season against the Washington Wizards so you can say that the game is still slowing down for him (which is scary). During that game, James scored 32 points along with dishing off 17 dimes. In doing so, he became only the third player during the 2017 season to score at least 30 and hand out 15 or more assists. The other two were triple double machines James Harden and Russell Westbrook. That just shows you that despite his wear and tear, King James is still giving the young guns a run for their money in terms of individual numbers.

Some say LeBron is at his peak while some say that because of the wear and tear of a long career and an ungodly amount of minutes for a player his age, he may be on the decline. Believe whichever you want but one thing is clear: he’s still King James and one of the top players in the league. The numbers proved that and they continue to make us all witnesses.

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