CLEVELAND – LeBron James led the Cavaliers in all five major statistical categories in their series against the Indiana Pacers and improved to 13-0 in the first round after the 105-101 win on Sunday in Game 7.
James scored 45 points on 16-of-25 shooting Sunday and averaged 41.8 points in the Cavs' four wins.
LeBron James was the all-time leader in the playoff dies and passes Scottie Pippen on Sunday
LeBron's Monster Stat line and some timely bucket from his supporting actress helped the Cavs, in the second half to survive an attack of the Pacers. Next for Cleveland: Toronto in the Eastern Semifinals.
Victor Oladipo believes that the Pacers earned the respect of all after thrusting the Cavaliers into a Game 7 before they fell 105-101.
19659002] "I think, in a sense, I had to do what I needed to do to help us win," James ESPN said after the game on his way out of the arena. "One thing about me, I like being efficient, and I know that I've averaged 42, but I was just efficient In addition to Game 6, when I was 7 in 16, I was pretty efficient throughout the series I tried to unbalance the defense, and if they doubled me here or they held me here and made sure I got the ball in the right places for my teammates.
"But that's exactly what the doctor called for and I had to go out and try to make games, and I did.
James finished the series with averages of 34.4 points on 55.3 percent of the field (35.3 percent of 3) and 81.8 percent of the Foullinie on 10.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per game
Sunday, he became the first player in the last 20 seasons to start a game 7, finishing 7-for-7 from the field, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. In addition to the 45 points, he scored nine Rebounds, seven assists and four steals to boost his personal all-time record in Game 7s to 5-2
"I was just trying to make games offensive and defensive and continue to trust my guys and trust myself and trusting how much work I put into my game, "James said during his post-game press conference," so it was definitely … it was good to be able to make games and progress, and big Praise to the Indiana Pacers. They were tough. … They have definitely pushed us, marginalized us. "
James pushed so far by playing every second of the first 35 minutes of Game 7 that he had to check himself to get in the third quarter to go to treatment at 1:00. "
" I had only one minor injury that we were preparing to prepare for the fourth quarter, "James said.
James said that the medical team of Teams suggested an IV during the quarter break, but that he refused them, ESPN's Doris Burke, on the ABC broadcast, reported that James had cramps.
James, 33, averaged 41.4 minutes per game in the first round, second among all Postsason players, behind only Paul George, 27, who averaged 41.8 in the defeat of the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Utah Jazz.
"That's why during the season you play the minutes the way he, when such situations happen, you are prepared for them, sa It was Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. "He's used to playing 41, 42 minutes and being able to record it with his body and still be able to produce it.Many people, they play in the playoffs, they are not used to playing so many minutes and then Being a high-intensity atmosphere makes it rather difficult for these guys to accomplish anything, so he cares about his body very well, a great job to prepare for these kinds of situations. "
Even While James was leading all players within minutes of regular time play, he played only 36.9 minutes per game during the 82-game Slate.
As the Cavs go the distance with the Pacers, they only have one day left on Monday before launching their Eastern Conference semi-finals series against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday
"I just got burned," James said. "I'm not thinking about Toronto now until tomorrow, I'm ready to go home, can we? I'm tired, I want to go home."
Sign the load he wore for Cleveland against Indiana That this was the first 42 playoff series he played without teammates in his career, scoring 20 points in one of the games, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
"He had a few games in this series. He was incredible, and you almost expect it," said Kevin Love, the Cavs' second-highest scorer against the Pacers, averaging 11.4 points per game. "I admire how he approaches every single game and he was incredible [Sunday] and we needed everything."
Love was not the only one to admire James's performance.
"Whenever you have the best player in the world or your leader in the team who gives everything, whether he plays point guard, guards, rebounds, blocking shots, assisting, for me and the younger ones, we need to pick it up "Said Tristan Thompson. If we give 100 percent, we have to give 120. I thought I had a good engine, but his engine is unreal, he has a Lamborghini engine. "
Kyle Korver relied on another former MVP teammate to describe James.
"Allen Iverson used to say," Do you know how hard it is to shoot 30 shots per game? Shots a game? And it's true, "said Korver," many of us do not understand that many shots require a lot of energy. Bron does that, as well as doing so many other things. I do not think he's valued enough for how much energy he puts in everyone. "That's just unbelievable."
James not only prevented the elimination, but also extended his career in Cleveland by at least another round. Many league insiders believe that James will break off the last year of his contract with the Cavs and is seriously considering joining this summer as an unrestricted free agent.
"You start to think like," Is that so? ? & # 39; That's just human nature, "James said about Game 7." And then the other side of my brain was like, "Let's let something happen, let's go, that's what you're here for, you're here to make plays, you're the leader."
"I just wanted to be sharp. I know I can be sharp and I know I'm not going to leave Game 7 (with a performance) that's like "Oh, I wish I had done that" or "I wish I had done that" "I'll be able to leave the game and sleep comfortably because I'll leave everything on the floor, that's just my attitude."
Now, the question arises, what will James leave as an encore against the Raptors?
"This is another year," James told ESPN, referring to the relatively simple early version of the Cavs. Round playoff success the last feathers. "It will be a challenge for us, so this is our first challenge and we will see what happens."