LeBron James and the Lakers are back in the finals: “That’s what I came here for”

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LeBron James has led the Los Angeles Lakers to the NBA Finals for the 32nd time with an outstanding performance in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. For the superstar, the tenth participation in the finals is a personal milestone that should be particularly good. Here are the highlights of the game.

The joke that the Nuggets got the Lakers 1–3 back exactly where they wanted them was gratefully accepted. The “comeback kids” had finally made their experience with exactly this situation, shot two series in a row after 1-3. They shouldn’t be copied until they were on the team plane on the way back to Colorado, and even then, you couldn’t be completely sure.

It spoke of the respect Denver had earned this postseason. The Nuggets also fought sacrificially in this series and did not give up until the end of Game 5, as they had against Utah and the Clippers before. LeBron James didn’t feel like joking, nor did he want to give the resilient Nuggets team any space.

James knows how to approach a closeout game better than any other NBA player. “I just want to be as desperate as my opponent,” he said of his mentality after winning 16 of his last 17 games like this. So he took matters into his own hands (check out the LeBron highlights here!).

LeBron James is back in the finals

The 35-year-old had recently played a few weaker fourth quarters and raised the question of whether he was tired of games at the end. Already in game four he denied this with his crunchtime defense against Jamal Murray, but once again he saved the best for the end. James scored 16 of his 38 points in the final quarter of game five, nipping the Nuggets’ comeback hopes more than once in the bud.

“That was just remarkable. I’m not sure if I have ever seen a player take a game so in the end,” enthused Lakers coach Frank Vogel, who as coach of the Indiana Pacers was already involved in such Notions involved, just as an opponent.

James has reached the finals in nine of the last ten years, only in 2019 did he watch the entire postseason either from his vacation home in Cabo or a shisha lounge, as he revealed after the game.

A small selection of absurd LeBron facts:

  • Only three NBA teams (the Lakers, Celtics and Warriors) made it to the finals more often than James (10 times).
  • James is now one of four NBA players (Bill Russell, Sam Jones, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) who have reached the finals at least ten times.
  • A 38-10 record in closeout games is the best record in the history of the playoffs (min. 25 games).
  • Only LeBron reached the finals with five different coaches.
  • LeBron took part in 13.5 percent of all finals series in history.





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