The Indiana Pacers were not expected to play the playoffs after losing their franchisee, Paul George, for what was considered an overwhelming victory for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. They were a game away from the three-time reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers and in the second round of the playoffs.
But there was terrible news for Indiana fans, who once again proved to be prophetic. LeBron James, the timeless sorcerer and indestructible hulk, is alive and well and still has mastered all the Game 7s he has ever played in . This includes now this game 7, in which he completed the Pacers 45 points in a 1
LeBron's dominance in the past was not always equated with victories, but this time it did not matter. He has now won 5 out of 7 such occasions and has remained undefeated in this decade, after being twice in front of the door twice in the last decade twice in the conference semester.
Let's take a look back at the history of the King's Game 7.
Pistons 79, Cavaliers 61 – May 21, 2006
When you're done, laugh hysterically over the 61st Points sum (the third – least ever in a playoff game), we start talking about how LeBron made more field shots than the rest of his team combined. He had 27 points on 11 of 24 shooting and eight assists. His team went 9-of-31 from the field.
Not bad for a 22-year-old wearing a pathetically engineered team to the Eastern Conference Semifinal, huh.
This is how he scored points:
How James won 50 games with a pile of rubbish from a roster that left Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Larry Hughes behind is unbelievable, but that's for another day. The point here is that James will destroy your team in a game 7, regardless of who surrounds him.
Celtics 97, Cavaliers 92 – May 18, 2008
It was another power loss for James, who had 45 of his team's 92 points because Oh My Lord was a bit more subdued than the 2006 team. James scored his points efficiently with just 29 shots, adding six assists, five rebounds and two steals. The next scorer was Delonte West with 15 points, then exactly zero other players in the double-digit range. Ilgauskas had eight points, Sasha Pavlovic seven and Joe Smith six.
It's a miracle that
the Cavs LeBron James clocked the later NBA champions to seven games in the Eastern Conference semi-final:
Heat 101, Celtics 88 – June 9 2012
To LeBron James with talent actually worked in 2012, when the heat would go on to win the championship. LeBron scored 31 points on 21 shots in this Eastern Conference Finals game 7 and beat Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce Celtics, adding 12 rebounds and two assists.
Dwyane Wade had 23 points, and Chris Bosh had 19 from the bank.
Heat 99, Pacemaker 76 – June 3, 2013
After the first quarter, this game was never close. LeBron finished the Eastern Conference Finals with 32 points on 17 shots, eight rebounds and four assists. Dwyane Wade had 21 points and Ray Allen 10 points.
Paul George had … seven points. Ooof.
The Heat went on to win their second consecutive title – but it took another game 7.
Heat 95, Spurs 88 – June 20, 2013
Guess what? LeBron played well in another game 7 just 17 days after the final of the conference!
The king dropped 37 points to 23 shots with 12 rebounds and four assists and two steals to knock off Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan Spurs. LeBron hit 5 out of 10 threes and sank all eight free throws he tried.
Cavaliers 93, Warrior 89 – June 20, 201 6
We can start with the block, but remember it.
In case you need a reminder, the unanimous MVP and the Golden State Warriors have blown a 3-1 lead to the Cavs. James scored 27 points in 24 shots, with 11 assists and 11 rebounds and completed his crowning moment in NBA history.
Cavaliers 105, Pacemaker 101 – April 29, 2018
LeBron did not want to lose the cavaliers. He vowed to play the entire game, then fell 26 points in the first half. Cramping ruined his plans to reach the full 48, but his teammates picked him up in the early fourth quarter to expand Cleveland's lead. Then LeBron brought the game home by hitting the game seal layup and then taking the subsequent defensive rebound.
The conclusion here is that LeBron James is downright evil in Game 7s, even if he has the worse team. The Pacers know this for sure now after experiencing an afternoon of James's reign.