Game Four of the 2012 NBA Finals saw James show immense strength of character. In short, there was a big moment that could have been a negative turning point in the series for the Miami Heat. However, James was able to recover and keep going as he kept his team firing.
James attempted to go past Kevin Durant but suddenly pulled up lame. After suffering a cramp, he went off the court for over a minute as he tried to recover. Then he returned to the court and scored a three-pointer to seal a 3-1 lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
LeBron powered the Lakers to the NBA Finals in 2020 with a devastating performance in Game Five against the Denver Nuggets. He burst their bubble with a superb triple-double to seal the series for the Lakers. It was his best performance of the return after the NBA’s unexpected hiatus.
Denver had no answers for his brilliance. Coach Michael Malone explained that for his players this was a special moment but for James it was routine. He put up 38 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists and made the Finals for the first time as a Laker.
One title is great but two are awesome. James had the chance to get a second ring on his finger in 2013 and he grabbed it with both hands. It looked like the Heat were on their way out before Ray Allen saved the tie in Game Six of the Finals. Then LeBron came to life.
It’s incredibly difficult to win back-to-back titles in the NBA. But it’s even more challenging to win consecutive Finals MVP awards. James is one of just four players to achieve this feat. However, he is nowhere near Michael Jordan. M.J. won three back-to-back titles twice.
2012 was the year when LeBron won his first title. But if it wasn’t for his stellar contribution against the Boston Celtics, the Heat would never have got that far. They played the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals but trailed 3-2. It looked like the series was slipping away, but then James woke up.
He was a force of nature as he led Miami to a 98-79 victory. In sum, he scored an outstanding 45 points as he blew the Celtics away. Furthermore, his shooting stood at 19-0f-26. Then, he added 15 assist and four assists in a great showing. Prolific and powerful, he was unstoppable.
LeBron sealed his first title in Game Five of the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. After disappointment the season before, this was his road to redemption. In sum, he came to Miami for a title. If he didn’t get it in 2012, then there would have been a lot of questions about his mentality.
But he was brilliant as he put up a triple-double. His 26 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds were massive in the Heats’ victory. James was as relieved as anybody else after finally achieving his dream. Few things can beat that feeling as he won the Finals MVP award.
We’ve talked about the achievement of winning a second title in a row. But now let’s focus on his Game Seven against the San Antonio Spurs. James was breathtaking. King James scored 37 points as he inspired his team to the win. LeBron effectively scored the winner with less than 30 seconds left to play.
He also added 12 rebounds and five assists in a spectacular performance. Meanwhile, he earned his second straight Finals MVP award win. This was a phenomenal display from a legend of the game. This should have kicked off a dynasty like the Bulls, but we all know what happened next.
Of course, this has to be the greatest moment in King James’s back catalog. After four years in Miami, the prodigal son returned home. Furthermore, he inspired them to the NBA Finals in 2015 but they couldn’t get past the Golden State Warriors. However, a year later they were back again.
It was Game 7 and the Championship was on the edge of a knife. After two scintillating 41-point performances in the previous two games, LeBron had one more massive contribution. Just when Andre Iguodala looked like he was about to score, LeBron blocked the shot. Then Kyrie Irving went the other way and the rest is history,