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NBA Finals: LeBron James wins fourth career MVP award

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For the fourth time in his 17-year career, LeBron James has climbed the mountaintop.

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James and the Lakers coasted to a 109-93 victory over the Heat in Game 6 to win the 2020 NBA Finals. James finished the night with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, extending his record of career triple-doubles in the NBA Finals to 11. He averaged 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists, shooting 59.1% from the field for the series, winning his fourth career Finals MVP award.

The win puts James in second place by himself for career Finals MVP awards, trailing only Michael Jordan, who won the award six times. Three others have won the award three times: Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan.

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Anthony Davis is LeBron James’s best playoff teammate ever

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“I’ve had some great teammates in my career,” James said. “[Davis] is one of those unicorns, and he does things that some of my other great teammates are not capable of doing. But in the same sense, I’ve played with Dwyane Wade, and he could do some things that A.D. is not capable of doing. I also played with Kyrie Irving. He could do some things that [Wade] and [Davis] are not capable of doing. I’ve had the luxury of playing with some great players, and that’s just three of them.”

While that politically correct description is true, Davis now clearly holds the honor of having the best postseason run of any James teammate. James won titles in 2012 and 2013 with Wade on the Miami Heat, won a title in 2016 with Irving on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and advanced to the Finals four times with Wade and three times with Irving. Yet none of those runs produced a postseason like the one Davis is having, with the Lakers now positioned to close out their championship run with a Game 5 win over the Heat on Friday. Davis has played so well that he must be regarded as a strong candidate for Finals MVP.

For the playoffs, Davis is stuffing the stat sheet to the tune of 28.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. Only six players have matched those numbers in each category over the course of a postseason: James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Durant, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone and Hakeem Olajuwon. All six are Hall of Famers or future Hall of Famers.

Davis has also posted an excellent 29.8 Player Efficiency Rating, a stat that seeks to boil down his total contributions into a single measure of effectiveness. Only three players have posted

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LeBron James stats: Lakers star does something only Larry Bird has

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He really does it all

There’s no question that LeBron James is one of the two best players in the history of the NBA. His status as an all-time great rivaled only by Michael Jordan is obvious, but it’s possible to still find ways to be amazed by him 17 seasons into his career. 

Take, for example, this stat. 

Accomplishing something only previously done by Larry Bird is impressive enough. Doing it six times? That’s ridiculous. 

The last thing I want to do is wade into the tired LeBron vs. Jordan argument, but this stat is a perfect illustration of why I prefer LeBron’s all-around dominance to Jordan’s scoring-focused greatness. The way he’s able to impact the game in so many different ways is what makes him a joy to watch. 

The stat almost seemed too good to be true when I first read it. (I believe it’s ESPN baseball writer Sam Miller who says every fun fact tells one small lie.) I thought it had to be a case—like Derek Jeter’s cumulative playoff stats—of LeBron playing more postseason games than guys who came before him. But no, the NBA playoffs have included 16 teams since 1984 (although the first round was a best-of-five until 2003). LeBron really just is that dominant. 

So, I decided to do some research of my own and adjust the numbers to include guys who aren’t triple double machines like LeBron, searching for players who have had a single postseason with 500 total points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists. The results just make LeBron’s playoff career more impressive. 

There have been only 15 players to record such a postseason: LeBron, Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade, Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, Tim Duncan, Richard Hamilton, Allen Iverson, Paul Pierce, Isiah Thomas, Russell Westbrook

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LeBron James Calls Game 4 Of NBA Finals One Of The Most Important Games Of His Career

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When LeBron James woke up from his pregame nap, he sent his teammates a text. 

It was hours before they took the floor against the Miami Heat for Game 4 of the NBA Finals and he wanted them to know how much this game meant to him.

He called it a “must-win,” a term he sparingly uses. 

“I just felt that vibe,” James said. “I felt that pressure. I felt like for me, personally, this was one of the biggest games of my career and I just wanted to relay that message to my teammates, what type of zone I was in, what type of moment it was, because I just know how great of a team that we’re playing against.”

The Lakers went on to beat the Heat, 102-96, to take a 3-1 series lead. They’re one win away from their first championship since 2010.

James said he felt compelled to send that message after the Lakers’ lackluster performance in Game 3 when Jimmy Butler danced around their stagnant defense en route to a 40-point, 13-assist and 11-rebound performance in their 115-104 loss. 

He knew the Heat was feeling confident. 

And he wanted the Lakers to be ready. 

They responded with a hard-fought, defense-first game in which there were nine lead changes, nine ties and neither team ever built a double-digit advantage. 

The Lakers pulled ahead down the stretch. 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made a three-pointer followed by a layup on consecutive possessions — both off of assists from James — to turn a two-point Lakers advantage to seven points, 95-88, with 2 minutes left.

Anthony Davis put the nail in the coffin with 39.5 seconds remaining after making a three-pointer to give the Lakers a nine-point lead, 100-91.

James said he didn’t hesitate to pass the ball to Caldwell-Pope with

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LeBron James has had great teammates. Ranking Lakers star’s top ones

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LeBron James’ quest for his fourth NBA title began Wednesday night as the Los Angeles Lakers rolled the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Finals. Over the course of his 17-year career, which has featured 10 Finals appearances, James has had a number of great sidekicks, several who were key in helping him hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy. 

Here’s a ranking of his most complimentary teammates, excluding those he played with just in All-Star Games and with Team USA. 

1. Anthony Davis. While James has been on teams with dominant backcourt players in his career, Davis is his first dominant, MVP-caliber big man. Davis’ numbers for 2019-20 were 26.1 points and 9.3 rebounds a game, and his game-winner in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals is evidence of James not needing to be the end-of-game hero he’s been on other teams.  

Lakers forwards LeBron James and Anthony Davis celebrate after a play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. (Photo: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)

2. Dwyane Wade. When James first signed with the Heat in 2010 following “The Decision,” among the criticisms of his move from the Cavaliers was that the Heat would be Wade’s team. That was quickly put to rest as James used his four-year tenure in Miami to solidify himself as the best player in the league. He won two titles and was MVP two times with the Heat largely thanks to his chemistry with Wade in the open court and Wade’s complementary style as a combo guard/scorer. 

3. Kyrie Irving. When James returned to Cleveland a

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