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            === LeBron scores Heat-record 61 in rout of Bobcats ===
 Miami,  FL ( - The Miami Heat needed LeBron James to step up
 offensively with Dwyane Wade resting on Monday night.
 All James did was break the franchise record for points in a game.
 James  drained  eight 3-pointers en  route to a  career-high 61 points, as the
 Heat  bested  the Charlotte Bobcats for  the 16th straight time with a 124-107
 decision at American Airlines Arena.
 James  shot  a scorching 22-of-33 from  the floor and added seven rebounds and
 five  assists while  snapping Glen Rice's franchise-record of 56 points set in
 April of 1995.
 "It felt like I had a golf ball (and I was) throwing it into the ocean," James
 said of his shooting performance.
 Chris Bosh chipped in with 15 points and seven boards, as the Heat shot a red-
 hot  55.4  percent from the  floor, including  16-of-28 from long distance, in
 claiming their eighth straight victory.
 James'  record-setting  night spoiled a  stellar effort from Al Jefferson, who
 scored  38 points  and grabbed 19 rebounds for the Bobcats, who haven't beaten
 the Heat since an 83-78 win in Charlotte on March 9, 2010.
 The  Heat  held a  60-54 halftime  lead before  James took  over in the third,
 draining  all five of  his 3-point tries while scoring 25 points in the frame,
 the same amount as Charlotte's entire team.
 "I  was  able to get  it going once  again in the third  quarter and I knew it
 would be one of those nights," James stated.
 James  netted  Miami's first  eight points  to open  the quarter before adding
 back-to-back  three-point plays  late in  the period,  with the  second giving
 Miami an 89-69 lead with 2:40 to play in the frame.
 James  drilled  a deep left  wing 3 --  his eighth of the  night -- to make it
 95-73  with  1:16 left in  the third and opened  the fourth with four straight
 points to push his total to 53.
 With  Charlotte still within striking distance, James remained in the game and
 added  a pair of  layups before making a nice spinning bank shot from the left
 block to make it 115-99 with 2:23 to play.
 After  Jefferson hit a  jumper at the other end, James drew a foul and swished
 two  free throws  to cap his historic  night, as chants of "M-V-P" rained down
 from the Miami faithful.
 "When  he gets  going, there's nothing nobody can do about it," Jefferson said
 of James.
 Jefferson carried the Bobcats in the first half, going 12-of-15 from the floor
 for 26 points to help the visitors head into the break trailing by just six.
                                   Game Notes
 James set a number of other franchise records, including field goals in a game
 (22),  most points in  a quarter (25 in the third) and most points in a second
 half  (37). It  was his  10th career  50-point game  ... Miami  took all  four
 meetings  with  Charlotte to sweep  the season  series for the fourth straight
 season  ...  The Bobcats  fell to  12-19 on  the road  ... Charlotte shot 51.2
 percent (42-of-82) from the floor.
 03/04 01:07:52 ET