(2005) LeBron Scores 52 in Loss To the Bucks, TJ Ford & Bogut With Career-Highs

On this day in history (2005), a 20-year-old LeBron James scored a season-high 52 points to go with seven boards and seven dimes in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The 52 was eight more than the NBA season-high set by Kobe Bryant a few weeks earlier and four short from his career-high.

So how did they lose with such a big game from James? For the Bucks, they got a career-high 24 points from T.J. Ford, a career-high 21 from Andrew Bogut (also had a dunk on LeBron) and 23 from Michael Redd. LeBron also hurt his leg in the 3rd, which limited his minutes in the 4th quarter, where he only attempted five shots.

Final score: Buck 111 – Cavs 106


A few years after this loss, LeBron had an even more impressive game against the Bucks: 55 points, 9 assists and the W. James made 16-of-29 shots, including 8-of-11 from three.

“It was almost like watching a video game,” Zydrunas Ilgauskas said.