LeBron James: ‘This is the best I’ve felt in my career right now’

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In the immediate aftermath of LeBron James tying a Cleveland Cavaliers single-game record by scoring 57 points in the team’s win over the Washington Wizards, the superstar indicated that his current mindset appears to be at its peak. In addition to the team record, James became the youngest player ever to reach 29,000 career points.

“I might be the youngest, but I don’t feel young, even though this is the best I’ve felt in my career right now.” James said. “So I gotta keep it going.”

Prior to that assessment, James reflected on the the reasons for his scoring outburst, noting the team’s four-game losing streak entering the game.

“I had to do what I had to do to help us get off this losing streak,” James said. “I ain’t about losing. Ya’ll know me. Been knowing me for a long time in this league, I ain’t about losing. It ain’t about talking about it, it’s about making it happen and that’s what I had to do. I haven’t scored like that it in a while, but I’ll take it.”

In his nine games this season, James is averaging 29.1 points, 8.7 assists and 7.7 rebounds, numbers that are currently above his career numbers.

James’ previous Cavaliers high was 56 points, coming against the Toronto Raptors during his second season in the NBA. In addition, during the final season of his four-year stint with the Miami Heat, James put together his most prolific scoring performance by putting up 61 points in a 2014 contest against the then Charlotte Bobcats.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.