LeBron James Had Beer Poured on Him by Celtics Fan After Legendary Performance in Game 6 of ’12 ECF: ‘At That Moment, Boston Lost Game 7’

LeBron James had one of the best playoff games of his career on June 7, 2012, against the Boston Celtics. With his Miami Heat down 3-2 and facing elimination in the Eastern Conference Finals, the King dropped 45 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists while shooting 19-of-26 from the field.

LeBron had beer poured on him by a Celtics fan as he walked toward the Heat locker room after the game. At that moment, Boston basically lost Game 7.

Celtics fan poured beer on LeBron James

LeBron smiled and laughed after getting beer poured on him. He knew he ruined the collective mood of Celtics fans and was looking forward to going back to South Beach for Game 7.

“In an environment like this, you want to have a big game,” LeBron said after Game 6. “I wanted to be there for my teammates, no matter what was going on throughout the course of the game. This was a gut check for us, and it’s good to see we were able to bounce back after that Game 5 loss at home.”

Game 7 between the Heat and Celtics was two days after Game 6. Boston had a 53-46 lead over Miami at halftime, but LeBron and Co. went off in the second half to secure their second consecutive Eastern Conference championship.

LeBron James put up 31 points and 12 rebounds in Game 7

The Celtics had zero answers for LeBron in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. LBJ averaged 33.6 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in the seven-game series and shot 52.7% from the field. He put up 31 points and 12 rebounds in Game 7, leading the Heat to a 101-88 victory.

“It has to be a collective group to win the championship. Everybody was in tune today,” LeBron said after Game 7. “We wanted to give our fans a big win. We look forward to the next challenge.”

The Heat faced the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 Finals. The Thunder had homecourt advantage and were led by a lethal Big Three of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden. All eyes were on LeBron since he played poorly in the 2011 Finals versus the Dallas Mavericks, a series the Heat lost in six games, and the Akron native didn’t disappoint.

King James won his first title and first Finals MVP

The Heat lost Game 1 to the Thunder by 11 points in OKC. However, they won the next four games, clinching the championship in Game 5 at home. LeBron averaged 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 7.4 assists en route to winning his first championship and first Finals MVP. He finally got the monkey off his back and was elated.

“You know, my dream has become a reality now, and it’s the best feeling I ever had,” LeBron said after winning his first title. “I’m happy now that eight years later, nine years later since I’ve been drafted, that I can finally say that I’m a champion, and I did it the right way. I didn’t shortcut anything. You know, I put a lot of hard work and dedication in it, and hard work pays off. It’s a great moment for myself.”

LeBron left the Cleveland Cavaliers during the summer of 2010 to sign with the Heat and play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. He knew he needed more talent around him to beat the Celtics’ Big Four of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo. Not only did LeBron never lose to the Celtics in the playoffs after joining the Heat, but he also won two regular-season MVPs, two championships, and two Finals MVPs with Miami.

Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference

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