LeBron James the Scorer: The King’s Top 5 Highest Scoring Games in the NBA

LeBron James the Scorer: The King’s Top 5 Highest Scoring Games in the NBA

Joel Reyes
  • LeBron James has scored at least 55 points five times in his NBA career
  • He recorded his career-high in points during his stint with Miami
  • James issued a strong opinion regarding the NBA’s GOAT race

LeBron James just made a compelling argument as to why he should be called the GOAT of the NBA, breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s hallowed all-time scoring record in the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

One interesting fact has emerged during James’ historic quest for greatness and that is he has more 50-point games (14) than single-digit scoring games (8) in his career.

With James now the league’s all-time scoring leader, we look back at the five highest-scoring regular-season games of LeBron’s illustrious NBA career.

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LeBron James prepares to take the court for the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Image: Ronald Martinez
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LeBron scores 61 vs Bobcats

James was red-hot in this March 3, 2014, game against Charlotte, knocking down his first eight 3-pointers. It was a historic evening for the King as he broke Glen Rice’s franchise record of 56 points in the Miami Heat’s 124-107 win.

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He scored a career-high 61 points against the Bobcats, 25 of which came in the third quarter. He shot 22 of 33 from the field, including 8 of 10 from deep. James also knocked down nine of his 12 free throw attempts in this contest.

LeBron drops 57 against Washington

James delivered in the clutch for the Cavaliers, scoring 19 of his 57 points in the fourth quarter of Cleveland’s 130-122 victory over the Washington Wizards. He shot 23 of 34 from the floor and knocked down all nine of his free throws tries in this November 3, 2017, game.

James did it all in this contest as he also finished with 11 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and two blocks.

LeBron scores 56 vs Warriors

James made history in this March 5, 2022, game against the Golden State Warriors, joining Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Jamal Crawford as the only NBA players to have scored 50 or more points in a game past the age of 37.

James scored 56 points in Los Angeles’ 124-116 win over Golden State, making this the highest-scoring game of LeBron as a Laker.

LeBron erupts for 56 vs Toronto

James made history on March 20, 2005, becoming the youngest player in league history to score at least 50 points. His 56-point performance went for naught, though, as the Cavs lost to the Toronto Raptors, 105-98.

He shot 19 of 32 from the field, including going 6 of 12 from beyond the arc. He also was highly efficient from the free throw line, making 14 of his 15 attempts.

James drains 55 vs Bucks

LeBron took matters into his own hands at the start of the second half, scoring 16 of his 55 points in a three-minute span in the third quarter to lead Cleveland to a 111-103 comeback win over the Milwaukee Bucks on February 20, 2009.

He was unstoppable from deep, knocking down eight of his 11 3-point attempts. He also shot 8 of 18 from the 2-point area.

Who is the real GOAT?

Sports Brief recently reported on James’ thoughts on the GOAT race. He said in an interview that he will let fans and players decide who the league’s greatest player is.

James added that he feels like he is the “best basketball player that ever played the game.”

With the scoring record now in LeBron’s possession, it is hard to argue against that statement.