The Cats witnessed another historic night from an opponent, as LeBron James dropped a career-high 61 points for the Heat as the Bobcats lost their third-straight, 124-107 Mar. 3 in Miami. Al Jefferson dueled with James for most of the game, posting a team-high 38 points and 19 rebounds in the loss for Charlotte.
The Cats managed to jump out to an early 15-6 lead in the first quarter, but the Heat found their rhythm and took a six-point lead into the half despite Al Jefferson’s career-high 26 first-half points. Miami pushed the lead out of reach in the second half as LeBron James connected on five treys and scored 25 of his 61 points in the third quarter. The Heat grabbed its biggest lead of the game (23 points) and sent the Cats home in defeat.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The difference in this one was obviously LeBron James, but the Heat put on a spectacular shooting performance. Miami shot 55.4 percent from the field, but converted on an impressive 57.1 percent from three-point range (16-of-28). The Cats shot a respectable 51.2 percent from the field and suffered their first loss when shooting over 50 percent in a game (8-1)… Miami, who is always dangerous in transition, was able to turn Charlotte over 12 times for 21 points… Despite the loss, the Cats were able to gain an advantage in some categories as they got the best of the Heat in assists (27), rebounding (40), and bench scoring (37).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson had a monster game for the Cats but was overshadowed by LeBron James’ career night. Jefferson recorded his 10th 30-point game this season (38 points) and his 19 rebounds marked his 26th double-double this season.
HEAT PLAYER OF THE GAME
Two-time defending MVP LeBron James was on another level as he put on a one-man show. He finished with a career-high and franchise-record 61 points on 22-of-33 shooting, seven rebounds and five assists.
Charlotte was unable to snap Miami’s current winning streak, which was extended to eight games. The Heat have swept the Cats 4-0 in the season series… LeBron James’ 61 points are the second-highest in the league this season to Carmelo Anthony’s 62, which also came against the Bobcats Jan. 24… James also set a career-high in made field goals with 22… Al Jefferson’s 26 points and 12 made field goals in the first half were both career-highs… Chris Douglas-Roberts played well in his first significant minutes since Feb. 21; he finished with 12 points and two assists off the bench in 24 minutes… The Cats were without Gerald Henderson who did not play with a calf strain. It was Henderson’s first missed game of the season; he was one of eight NBA guards who started every game this season… Dwayne Wade was also out of this one for the Heat for rest. The Heat are now 10-6 without Wade this season.
The Cats will head home to play host to the Eastern Conference leading Indiana Pacers on Mar. 5 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Listen live on WFNZ 610 am, the official Bobcats app or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on SportSouth and NBA League Pass.