LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers just surpassed Allen Iverson for the sixth-most 50-point games in league history. James moved past Iverson — one of the best offensive talents to ever set foot in the NBA — after his 51-point explosion against the Miami Heat.
With LeBron James' 12th 50-point game, the #Lakers forward passes Allen Iverson for the sixth-most 50-point games in #NBA history, according to Lakers PR
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) November 19, 2018
LeBron James was set to have a big scoring night early on. To end the first half, the four-time MVP already had 28 points to his name. Head coach Luke Walton observed that right from the get-go, James was on scoring mode. Per Al Butler of United Press International:
“From the jump ball, he was going. He was in attack mode, and he was making shots. When players are as good as LeBron and have that night, it just looks easy for them. It’s not easy, but they make it look easy because they’re that good.”
James made 19-of-31 shots, 6-of-8 three-pointers, and was 7-of-10 from the free throw line. He reached the 50-point mark in the game’s closing seconds after being challenged by teammate Lance Stephenson to rise up for a shot.
The scoring record just adds on to James’ place in history as one of the game’s scoring greats. A few games prior, he just climbed to fifth all-time in scoring, surpassing the great Wilt Chamberlain.
The Lakers will play the Cleveland Cavaliers next on November 21, which will mark a homecoming for LeBron James.