LeBron James scores career-high 61 vs. Bobcats

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The NBA MVP discussion is getting more and more interesting by the day.

LeBron James didn't have Dwyane Wade at his side on Monday against the Bobcats, but it didn't quite matter. The two-time defending champ exploded for a career-high 61 points in a 124-107 rout and continues to make the MVP race with Kevin Durant more interesting by the day.

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James had seven boards and five assists to go along with the Miami franchise-record 61 points, and he got there on just 33 shots, going 8-of-10 from the three-point line and 9-of-12 from the charity stripe. Chris Bosh and Toney Douglas were the only other members of the Heat to score in double figures (15 and 10).

Oh man, poor Bobcats. They've had the pleasure of allowing witnessing two 60-plus-point games this season, the two highest individual scoring performances of the season. Previously, Carmelo Anthony dropped a career-high and Madison Square Garden record 62 points on Jan. 24 against Charlotte. It was LeBron's turn Monday night, and it's quite amazing what a 61-point game can do to a scoring average.

The stretch run is here, LeBron is clicking into gear and the MVP race is shaping up to be one heck of a tug-of-war.

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