NBA RECAP 3/3/14: LeBron James' record setting night steals the show

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Heat 124, Bobcats 107

LeBron James once again amazed the basketball world scoring 61 points in the Heat blowout victory.

James did so on 22-of-33 from the floor, including a career high nine threes. He started off 8-of-8 from long distance.

The game surpassed his previous career high and the previous Heat franchise mark, both of 56 points.

Miami has now won eight straight games, the longest current streak in the NBA, and will travel to Houston to take on the Rockets for the second half of a back to back.

For Charlotte, Al Jefferson had a monster night with 38 points and 19 rebounds.

Pistons 96, Knicks 85

Detroit got a career high 26 rebounds from Andre Drummond to go along with team high 17 points as the Pistons fought off good nights from Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Sdoudemire.

Anthony, the NBA's second leading scorer, had 28, and Stoudemire had 22 on 9=of-11 from the field.

Its just the fifth 20-point game of the season for Stoudemire. In two game since a day off last Friday against Golden State, Stoudemire is 16-of-19 from the field (84.2), despite the Knicks losing both games.

Nets 96, Bulls 80

The Brooklyn defense dominated, holding Chicago to just 65 shot attempts, while forcing 25 turnovers. 

Deron Williams led the Nets with 20 points and six assists.

The offensively challenged Bulls are still in the number four spot in the eastern conference, but rank last in the NBA in scoring. 

The 80-point output was the 16th time this season Chicago has been held under 85 points in a game.

Grizzlies 110, Wizards 104

Memphis pulled to within a game of the eight and final playoff spot in the west with the win in Washington. 

Mike Conley had 20 points and seven assists, while Zach Randolph had his 36th double-double of the year with 16 points and 10 rebounds. 

John Wall paced the Wizards with 23 points and nine assists. Wall added six rebounds. 

Washington is running fifth in the east, seven games ahead of ninth place Detroit,and in good position to end a five-year playoff drought with just 22 games remaining.

Timberwolves 132, Nuggets 128

Another huge night from Kevin Love lifted Minnesota over Denver.

Love finished with 33 points and 19 rebounds. Love has had 25 points and 15 rebounds now on 16 different occasions this season, tops in the NBA. He's averaging 26.5 ppg and 13.1 rpg this season.

Four Nuggets cracked 20 points in the high scoring affair, led by Ty Lawson's 31, and Wilson Chandler added 25 to go along with 10 rebounds.

Lakers 107, Trail Blazers 106

The Lakers Kent Bazemore in-bounded an alley-oop to Wesley Johnson, to give the Lakers a narrow victory at the Rose Garden in Portland.

Bazemore and Johnson both finished with 14 points. Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 22.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and Damian Lillard had 10 for the Blazers who are just a half game ahead of the idle Clippers for the three-seed in the west.

Bucks 114, Jazz 88

Milwaukee, owners of the league's worst record, managed a blowout home win over the Jazz, thanks in large part to an almost perfect night from Ersan Ilyasova.

Ilyasova was 13-of-14 from the field, with 31 points, to lead the lowly Bucks.

His Turkey National Basketball teammate Enes Kanter led Utah with 27 points and 14 rebounds in the loss. The 27 was a career high for Kanter.

Kings 96, Pelicans 89

Tyreke Evans nearly managed a triple-double against his old team, but it wasn't enough as Isaiah Thomas continued his breakout year with 22 points and five assist in the win.

Evans had 28 points 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Pelicans in the loss.

Thomas' big year in the NBA continues as he's now averaging  20.5 ppg and 6.4 apg on 46.4% from the floor. 

DeMarcus Cousins added 23, including 13-of-16 from the foul line for Sacramento. 

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