In Tuesday's 100-96 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat forward LeBron James became the first player since Kobe Bryant in 2006 to score 25 points in a quarter twice in the same month, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Facing his former team, James came out with a vengeance, pouring in 25 in the first quarter on his way to a 43-point night. The shooting clinic started early, with the four-time MVP draining a three-pointer just one minute into the game, then adding four more treys before the end of the first frame.
By the time the first quarter ended, James had made 10 of his 11 field-goal attempts, with his 25 points staking the Heat to an early 37-25 lead. Making the performance particularly impressive was the fact that James only scored at the rim twice, and one of those came on an uncontested breakaway off a turnover.
Known for his near-unstoppable drives to the rim, King James instead turned to a red-hot jump shot Tuesday night.
The same was true back on March 3, when James posted a 25-point third quarter against the Charlotte Bobcats on his way to a career-high 61 points. He hit five three-pointers in that third quarter, adding a pair of old fashioned three-point plays, just for good measure.
While the pair of 25-point quarters are unquestionably impressive, James' feat falls far short of what Bryant accomplished in 2006. The Black Mamba's pair of 25-point quarters came not only in the same month, but also in the same game—his memorable 81-point performance against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006.