LeBron James' Top 10 games

After scoring 61, where does that rank among his best performances?

Updated: March 4, 2014, 11:20 AM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

LeBron JamesRobert Mayer/USA TODAY SportsLeBron James scored 61 points against Charlotte. Was that his greatest performance ever?

Days after a presentation at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on the "hot hand," four-time Most Valuable Player LeBron James added his contribution to the literature: a career-high 61 points on scorching 22-of-33 shooting in Monday's win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Let's put James' accomplishment in context by counting down his 10 best performances with the help of John Hollinger's Game Score rating, a simplified single-game version of PER, and Basketball-Reference.com.

10. March 13, 2009: Cleveland at Sacramento (Rating: 43.4)


James scored six of his 51 points in overtime as the Cavaliers defeated the Kings 126-123. He made 16 of 30 shot attempts and 15 free throws, and he came within an assist of a double-double. Anderson Varejao was the only other Cleveland player to score more than 12 points.