When Carmelo Anthony scored 62 points against the Charlotte Bobcats on Jan. 24, I was offended. If Carmelo is your best player, you're going to watch most of the playoffs on TV. He's one-dimensional. He shoots, and sometimes he scores.
Anthony took 35 field goal attempts the night he scored 62, and had zero assists. I mean, not one. Zero might tie his season high.
LeBron James went for 61 Monday against Charlotte. He took 33 field goal attempts. He added five assists. As aggressive as he was at going to the basket and shooting from distance, he still looked for teammates.
I love Kevin Durant's game. But LeBron is the best player in the world, and on Monday the best player in the world was at his best. Pick him up deep and he goes to the basket. Play off off him and he goes for three.
That he stayed in the game in the fourth quarter and kept shooting to break the old Heat scoring record (former Charlotte Hornet Glen Rice's 55) or set his own (it had been 56) was not offensive.
He was cool to watch. His work was joyous. His work was amazing. LeBron is the most selfless (non-point guard) superstar to enter the league since, who, Larry Bird? LeBron came into the league passing. On Monday, he made a little time for LeBron.
My only complaint is that LeBron's great work overshadowed Charlotte's Al Jefferson. Jefferson scored 38, on 24 field goal attempts, and added 19 rebounds. No other Bobcat scored more than 12. Miami all but blitzed the big man. And Jefferson calmly passed out of the triple team or went to the hoop.
The Bobcats play Indiana, who lead Miami by two games in the Eastern Conference, Wednesday night. Maybe see you there.