2005: LeBron Scores 56 on Raptors, becomes youngest player to ever score 50
On March 20th of 2005, 20-year-old Lebron James dropped 56 points on his future teammate Chris Bosh and became the youngest player in NBA history to score 50+ in a game.
“I played well, probably the best game of my life, but it means nothing when you come away with a loss,” James said after bouncing back from a 3-of-20 shooting performance against the 76ers. “I knew I wasn’t going to have two bad ones in a row. But I don’t care about individual stats. I was disappointed to have as good a game as I had and still come out with a loss.”
James scored 16 in the first quarter and 13 in the 2nd to give him 29 at the half. But, the 2nd half belonged to Jalen Rose, who scored 12 of his 24 points in the 4th.
“I just wanted to stay aggressive in the fourth quarter, especially with the way LeBron was playing,” Rose said. “He put the team on his back. We put multiple guys on him and it didn’t matter. Like I told the guys earlier, once he turns 21 and is able to drink, it’s over.”
LeBron’s final line was 56 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals (18-36 fg, 6-12 3pt, 14-15 ft)