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Did LeBron's big night give him the edge in the MVP race?

Shot chart of LeBron's 61-point game against the Bobcats. Lots of green here.

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So, did LeBron's big night against the Bobcats push him ahead of Kevin Durant in the race the MVP? Magic Johnson certainly thinks so. Here's Johnson's tweet in support of James.

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LeBron set all kinds of records with his 61 points. Let's make a list:

—For starters, James' 61 set a franchise record, eclipsing Glen Rice's 56 against the Magic.

Heat's top single-game scoring performances

61 LeBron James vs. Charlotte Bobcats 3-3-14

56 Glen Rice vs. Orlando 4-15-95

55 Dwyane Wade vs. New York 4-12-09

51 LeBron James @ Orlando 2-3-11

50*** Dwyane Wade vs. Utah 3-14-09

50 Dwyane Wade @ Orlando 2-22-09

50 Alonzo Mourning vs. Washington 3-29-96

 *-Indicates an overtime period

—LeBron's 37 in the second half set a franchise record for points in a half.

—The monster third quarter — 25 points, 9 of 11 shooting, 5 of 5 from three-point range — set franchise records for points and field goals in a quarter.

—LeBron set career single-game highs in points (61) and field goals made (22) and tied his career high in three-point field goals made with eight (second time in his career).

—And in perhaps the biggest indicator that LeBron has at least evened the race with Durant for the MVP award, the Heat's star forward has made at least 66 percent of his field goal attempts in each of his last five games. During the five-game stretch he’s shooting 74-109 (.679) from the floor.

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