MIAMI — LeBron James struggled in finding the right words to describe his latest performance.
"I haven’t really kind of grasped what just happened," James said in street clothes and wearing a backpack while standing before his locker surrounded by media members.
"I’m about to go to the airport. I’m by myself, so I might have an opportunity to think about it."
James scored a career-high and team-record 61 points, hitting 8 of 10 from 3-point territory, to lead the Heat to a 124-107 victory against the Charlotte Bobcats at AmericanAirlines Arena on Monday night.
"That’s a video-game game right there," Shane Battier said of James’ output.
The season’s second-highest scoring effort in the NBA — behind New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony’s 62, also against Charlotte — happened a day after the 52nd anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s record 100-point performance.
Could King James, with 10 career 50-point games, ever see himself equaling Wilt the Stilt’s exploits?
"I don’t know man, that’s cuttin’ it," he said. "This is my first 60-point game. To think I can go for another 39, that’s a little out of control."
James certainly was in control the entire night with an extremely efficient game. He hit 22 of 33 shots — 61 points on 33 shots.
"It probably would be No. 1 because it’s right here, right now," James said after being asked where the game ranked career-wise. "I’ve had so many individual great games and I always go back to my (48-point 2007) Eastern Conference Finals Game 5 in Detroit … that game always sticks with me."
Still sporting a transparent mask to protect a broken nose, James also had seven rebounds and five assists. His scoring effort surpassed Glen Rice’s previous Heat record of 56 points on April 15, 1995 against Orlando.
"It feels amazing. You’re in a zone like no other regardless who’s on you, two people, three people," Lewis said. "When you got that type of rhythm going, you’re going to make the shot. It’s just a matter of getting the shot off. It doesn’t matter who’s on you."
James’ previous career-high was 56 points at Toronto in March 2005. What did the King remember about that game? "We lost," he said.
Heat center Chris Bosh watched James and wondered about his own career-high points total, 44 for Toronto in a loss at Milwaukee in January 2010.
"I gotta shoot 3s. I should have been shooting 3s," Bosh said. "It probably would have been 47."
Or run the point like James.
"Yeah, man, you can control everything " he said. "When you’re big and you can handle the ball like that and see the double team coming, that’s an extra tool you can use."
Considering James’ all-around game, some people probably were surprised Monday night was the first time he cracked 60 points.
"If he really wanted to do it, you don’t think LeBron James could have a plethora of 60-point games?" Battier said. "Of course he could. But he’s a guy who gets people involved and that’s not who he is."
James was asked if he had any sympathy for Charlotte’s Al Jefferson, who had 38 points and 19 rebounds in a losing effort.
"That was amazing. That’s spectacular numbers," James said. "No sympathy at all."