Earlier this week LeBron James reached yet another career milestone by dropping 61 points during the Heat's124-107 victory over the Bobcats. With that total, the King reached not only his career high for most points scored in a single game, but broke the Miami Heat franchise record for most points scored in a game. LeBron’s epic individual show got us thinking, as most great historical sporting achievements do, about where his 61-point performance ranks among the best.
There have been a host of 60-point games, and plenty of triple doubles, but not all are created equal. Some performances have set records, some have clinched scoring titles, and upon closer examination of a stat line, sometimes dropping 64 isn’t just dropping 64. Then you have the rare instances of quadruple doubles, and a certain 100-point performance that everyone thinks of when you talk about the best single-game feats. From T-Mac dropping 13 points in 35 seconds to sink the Spurs to Wilt grabbing 55 boards over Russell’s Celtics, check out where LeBron's 61 Ranks Against the Greatest Single-Game Regular Season Performances of All Time.