LeBron hits career-high 61 as Heat beat Bobcats
LeBron James (6) drives to the basket past Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) - AP/Robert Mayer
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MIAMI:  James scored a career-high 61 points to break the Miami Heat one-game scoring record on Monday, sparking the defending NBA champions over the Charlotte Bobcats 124-107.

The Heat’s season win streak stretched to eight games in a row with a 16th consecutive victory in meetings with Charlotte, whose win drought against Miami now spans four years.

James sank eight 3-pointers, hitting 22-of-33 shots from the field overall, and also grabbed seven rebounds and passed off five assists.

The former Heat single-game scoring record was 56 points by Glen Rice in April of 1995.

On a night when Miami star guard Dwyane Wade was rested, Chris Bosh contributed 15 points and seven rebounds.

Miami shot 55.4 percent from the floor, including 16-of-28 from 3-point range.

Charlotte’s Al Jefferson scored 38 points and grabbed 19 rebounds.

The Heat improved to 43-14, trailing only Eastern Conference rival Indiana (46-13) for the best record in the NBA and a home-court edge throughout the playoffs.

Charlotte fell to 27-33 as the Bobcats and Atlanta fight for the final two playoff positions in the East.

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