LeBron James' 49 points in Monday's Game 4 win over the Brooklyn Nets set a new Miami Heat standard for most points in a single playoff game, per Sportsnet Ticker. The previous franchise record of 46 points was set by Dwayne Wade (who else?) on Apr. 25, 2010 in a home game against the Boston Celtics.
Going back to 1964, there have been 34 NBA playoff games in which a player scored at least 49 points. Michael Jordan accomplished the feat 10 times, Allen Iverson and Jerry West three times each, while Kobe Bryant and now James have hit the mark twice. Per Basketball-Reference.com, Jordan's games were all with the Chicago Bulls, Iverson's with the Philadelphia 76ers, and both West's and Bryant's with the Los Angeles Lakers.
James is now the single-game playoff scoring leader for two NBA franchises, the Cavaliers and Heat. He is also the only NBA player in the last 50 years to score at least 49 points in a playoff game for two different franchises. James bested the legendary Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 46 points during playoff games in 1964 and 1966 while with the San Francisco Warriors and the Philadelphia 76ers, respectively.
In tying his career high of 49 points in Monday night's game, James missed an opportunity to be the first Miami player with 50 points in a playoff game. Sitting on 48 points, James collected a rebound off a missed Nets shot and was fouled with just over a second left. James made the first free throw but missed the second, with time expiring as the missed shot caromed off the rim.
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