LeBron James carried the Cleveland Cavaliers to a Game 7 victory against the Indiana Pacers, so let’s look back at his Game 7 performance vs. the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals.
The San Antonio Spurs were knocked out of the 2018 NBA playoffs Tuesday, but plenty of the first-round action filled up the time since. That included the final game of the opening set of matchups before the second round officially started, with the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the Indiana Pacers in Game 7.
LeBron James took over, unleashing 45 points on 16-for-25 shooting, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. He started the game 7-for-7 from the field to get Cleveland ahead in the first half, and battled cramps to break through in the fourth quarter.
Spurs fans will remember a particular fourth-quarter performance in Game 7 from James, when he was a member of the Miami Heat, which stems from the 2013 NBA Finals:
- 37 points on 12-for-23 shooting (5-for-10 from 3-point range) (8-for-8 from the free throw line)
- 12 rebounds
- 4 assists
- 2 steals
- Offensive Rating: 144
- Effective Field Goal Percentage: 63.0
It was a classic performance from James, who propelled his team to a second championship in two seasons. Only four other Heat players scored, but that did not matter since the Spurs shot just 37.8 percent from the field.
This was five years ago, when the Heat were at their peak and seemed destined for a lengthy run into the 2010’s. Then came the 2014 NBA Finals, which saw the Spurs get their revenge, dismantle Miami in five games and send James back to the Cavaliers weeks later.
LeBron can depart Cleveland, again, this offseason, making for one of the offseason’s most compelling storylines — aside from the Kawhi Leonard saga. Before that, there’s at least one more series for the future Hall of Famer to play and make for playoff magic. Maybe he even returns to the NBA Finals and ousts the Golden State Warriors this time around, something the Spurs were unable to do these past two postseasons.