Mar 3, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) reacts in the second half of a game against the Charlotte Bobcats at American Airlines Arena. James scores 61 points. The Heat won 124-107. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Monday Night Fantasy Basketball Grades: LeBron James, unmasked


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LeBron James scored a career-high 61 points in the Heat’s Monday night win over the Charlotte Bobcats (Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports)

“Good morning, class!  Please hand in last night’s work so I can grade your performances.  Remember, the grade I assign you does not reflect who you are as a person, it is solely representative of your fantasy basketball skills.”

“Now let me take roll — Mr. James?…Mr. LeBron James?”

LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: As if LeBron James needed anything else to add to his treasure trove of accolades, the King set multiple career — and franchise — highs on Monday night.  Fitted with a new NBA-approved clear mask, LeBron scored 61 points on 22-of-33 field goals, including 8-of-10 3-point shooting.  His 22 field goals, 25 third-quarter points, and 61 points were all personal and franchise bests.  It was the eighth consecutive victory for the Heat, and they did so without Dwyane Wade in the lineup.  Who really needs Wade, though, when LeBron is blowing up for 61?? (Grade: A+)

Al Jefferson, C, Charlotte Bobcats: Lost amid the chaos that was LeBron’s 61-point showcase, was the fact that Jefferson had arguably the second-best game on Monday night.  Of course, it’s easy to get overshadowed by that.  Jefferson was almost as unstoppable as LeBron, hitting 18-of-24 shots, and finishing with 38 points.  No one in the Heat’s frontcourt could stop Big Al at the rim, where he made 9-of-12 shots.  He was even deadlier from 16-24 feet, knocking down all five shots he took.  The Bobcats’ big man also grabbed 19 rebounds for good measure.  Despite Jefferson’s best efforts, Charlotte has now lost three games in a row. (Grade: A)

Anthony Davis, PF, New Orleans Pelicans: The Brow seems off.  He put up his second straight stinker on Monday night vs. the Sacramento Kings, scoring 13 points on 4-of-14 shooting.  This dud came on the heels of one of his worst performances of the season — and eight-point, 1-6 FG disaster vs. the Clippers on Saturday night.  Davis failed to block a shot on Monday for just the fourth time in his last 34 contests.  The 20-year-old All-Star suffered a sprained shoulder last Wednesday and that is clearly still affecting his game. (Grade: D+)

Ramon Sessions, PG, Milwaukee Bucks: Since coming over from the Bobcats in a trade deadline swap, Sessions, who is owned in 3.8 percent of ESPN.com leagues, has really provided a spark off the bench for the Bucks.  He did so again on Monday, dropping 14 points, four boards, and four assists in the team’s win over the Utah Jazz.  In five games with his new squad, the 27-year-old Sessions has averaged 13.2 points (47.2 FG%), 3.2 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in 24.8 minutes.  He won’t get owners steals (0.6 on the season) or 3-pointers (0.3), but he’s always had a knack for getting to the line.  Since coming to Milwaukee, Sessions is averaging 6.2 free throw attempts per game and his hitting 93.5 percent of them, including an 11-for-11 performance on Saturday vs. the Nets. (Grade: B-)


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