Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James scored 45 points on 16-of-25 shooting Sunday and averaged 41.8 points in the Cavs’ four wins. LeBron improved to 13-0 all time in first-round series after Sunday’s 105-101 win in Game 7.
LeBron after the game had this to say, and one thing’s for sure, LeBron is very aware of every stat he finishes with.
“I guess, in a sense, I had to do what I had to do to help us win,” James told ESPN on his way out of the arena after the game. “One thing about me, I like being efficient, and I know I averaged 42 in the wins, but I was just efficient. Besides Game 6, when I was 7-for-16, I was pretty much efficient throughout the whole series and just trying to keep the defense off-balance, and if they doubled me here or they trapped me here, making sure I get the ball in the right places for my teammates. But that’s what the doctor called for, and I had to go out and try to make plays, and I did that.”
His personal record in Game 7s is now 5-2.
“Just trying to make plays offensively and defensively and continued to trust my guys and trust myself and trust how much work I put into my game,” James said during his postgame news conference. “So it definitely … it was good to be able to make plays and advance, and kudos and a big shoutout to the Indiana Pacers. They were tough. … They definitely pushed us, pushed us to the brink.”
James said team medical personnel suggested an IV during the quarter break, but he turned that down. ESPN’s Doris Burke, on the ABC broadcast, reported that James was experiencing cramping. I suppose this was the doctor he was referencing?
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