LeBron James had 45 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists in a must-win elimination game against the Celtics.It was one of the best games you’ll ever see — he shot 73% from the field, 50% from three, and played 45 minute — in one of the most pressure-filled situations you’ll find in sports.
The way LeBron dominated is what’s most important. He demanded the ball in the post on nearly every possession and forced his will in a way we haven’t seen since his Cleveland days.
It’s demoralizing for the Celtics because there was literally nothing they could do. If LeBron plays like that, they have no chance.
And going into Game 7, Boston will know that LeBron can single-handedly end their season with a flip of the switch.
LeBron James just played one of the best halves of basketball in NBA playoff history.
The stat line: 30 points on 12/14 shooting with 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
The Heat are only up 55-42 because the rest of the team is just 9/25 from the field, and Dwyane Wade looks completely out of it (6 points on 1/6 shooting).
So this thing is far from over.
But before the second half begins, let’s make one thing clear: when you’re playing an elimination game on the road in the conference finals, the ENTIRE GAME counts as “clutch.”
Cool, it’s settled.
But, one thing that should worry Heat/LeBron fans: it looks like Spoelstra is going to play him all 48 minutes. Seeing as how a lot of people think he burned out from playing too many minutes in last year’s finals, that might not be the best idea.
Here’s a chart of minutes played this year and last:
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The game is on ESPN if you’re interesting in historic basketball performance.
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