The highest-scoring games of LeBron James’ NBA career originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
LeBron James is one of the most prolific scorers the NBA has ever seen. And you don’t become one of the top scorers in the league without making a slew of big accomplishments throughout your career.
the Los Angeles Lakers Star Forward is just a few hundred points away from ousting Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) for the top NBA all-time goalscoring list. James currently has 38,072 points after becoming only the second player in NBA history to have 38,000 career points.
James and Abdul-Jabbar are two of seven players in league history to eclipse 30,000 career points, along with Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Dirk Nowitzki (31,560 ) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419). ).
As the four-time champion continues to make history and achieve incredible league milestones, we’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane and look at fourteen of the King’s highest goal-scoring games.
1. March 3, 2014: 61 points: Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats
James is no stranger to high-scoring games, so it’s no shock that he’s had a 60-point performance in his NBA career. James led the heat with 61 points in 22-for-33 shooting from the field, 8-for-10 from 3-point range and 9-for-12 from the free throw line in a 127-104 win over the Bobcats.
2. Nov. 3, 2017: 57 points: Cleveland Cavaliers at Washington Wizards
James dropped 57 points, the second highest game of his career, in a 130-122 win over the Wizards. The offense’s 57-point barrage came from 23 of 34 shots and added 11 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks.
3. March 5, 2022: 56 points: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors
At 37, James had a 50-point double-double that included a 56-point performance with 10 rebounds and six 3-pointers as the Lakers defeated warrior in a narrow 124-116 win.
4. March 20, 2005: 56 points: Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors
That 50-point feat was particularly memorable for James, as he lost 56 points to the Raptors at age 20, becoming the youngest player to score 50 points in an NBA game. James went 18-36 from the field, 6-12 from beyond the arc, and 14-15 from the free-throw line. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists while playing every 48 minutes. But all of that wouldn’t prove enough as the Cavs fell to the Raptors 105-98.
5. February 20, 2009: 55 points: Cleveland Cavaliers at Milwaukee Bucks
James accumulated 55 points as he produced an impressive performance to lead the Cavs to a 111-103 win over the Bucks. He shot 16-to-29 from the field and made 15 of his 22 free throws.
6. February 4, 2009: 52 points: Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks
Madison Square Garden is one of the league’s most popular arenas, and it’s an arena where James has compiled some of his greatest performances. James lost 52 points against the curtsy back in 2009 with a 51% shooting rate (17 to 33) while simultaneously notching nine rebounds and dishing out 11 assists.
7. December 10, 2005: 52 points: Cleveland Cavaliers at Milwaukee Bucks
James lost 52 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two blocks against the Bucks, but it wouldn’t be enough as Cleveland fell to Milwaukee 111-106.
8. Nov. 18, 2018: 51 points: Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat
The Lakers defeated Heat 113-97 as James revisited his old team for the first time since becoming a Laker in 2018, posting 51 points on 19 of 31 from the floor. James also finished with eight rebounds and three assists.
9. Feb 3, 2011: 51 points: Miami Heat at Orlando Magic
James had a 51-point performance to lead Miami to a 104-100 win over Orlando. The performance included 11 rebounds and eight assists and 23 points in the first quarter.
10. March 13, 2009: 51 points: Cleveland Cavaliers at Sacramento Kings
James had one of the best games of his NBA career against the Kings as the four-time champion scored 51 points in a 126-123 win over the Kings. Of the 51 points, 22 came in the fourth quarter and overtime. He also added nine assists, four rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
11. January 15, 2008: 51 points: Cleveland Cavaliers at Memphis Grizzlies
James led the Cavs to a 132-124 win over the Grizzlies with a 51-point performance. He scored 25 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and added nine assists, eight rebounds and three steals.
12. January 21, 2006: 51 points: Cleveland Cavaliers at Utah Jazz
LeBron scored 51 points in a 108-90 win over the Jazz in 2006, shooting 19:35 from the floor and 9:11 on free throws.
13. March 11, 2022: 50 points: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Washington Wizards
James, 37, scored 50 points for the second time in March 2022 and led the Lakers to a 122-109 win over Wizards. He also had seven rebounds and six assists on a highly efficient 18-of-25 from the field and became the first player in NBA history to have multiple 50-point games after turning 35.
14. March 5, 2008: 50 points: Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks
James dropped 50 points and added 10 assists, eight rebounds and four steals on 16-of-30 shots in 44 minutes against the Knicks. He helped the Cavaliers edge the Knicks by 12 points in the fourth quarter in a 119-105 win at Madison Square Garden.
How many 50 point games does LeBron James have?
James has 50+ points in 14 games throughout his career.
How many 60 point games does LeBron James have?
James has only one 60-point performance over the course of his career. The 61-point game against the Charlotte Bobcats on March 3, 2014.
How many 40-point games does LeBron have?
James has scored more than 40 points 69 times.
How many points does LeBron need to overtake Kareem?
James, who currently has 38,072 points, is 316 career points away from overtaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
What is LeBron James’ highest-scoring game this season?
On January 16, 2023, James scored a season-high 48 points in the Lakers’ 140-132 win over the Rockets. He also added nine assists and eight rebounds in the win.