LeBron James is one win away from winning his fourth NBA title and first with the LA Lakers. The Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 102-96, and James led all scorers with 28 points, and he had a game-high 12 rebounds.
James continues to make history during the 2020 NBA Playoffs, and he’s adding more and more to his impressive resume.
LeBron James continues to dominate in year 17
Coming into the 2019-20 season, James was determined to lead the Lakers to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. James came into the season healthy and also had a new addition to the team in NBA superstar Anthony Davis. The Lakers became one of the favorites to win the title, and when the season started, they got off to a hot start. LA started the season with a 17-2 record, matching the best start in franchise history.
During the season, James passed Kobe Bryant for third on the all-time regular-season scoring list. James put together a productive regular season as he averaged 25.3 points, 10.2 assists, and 7.8 rebounds. He led the league in assists during the regular season. James helped lead the Lakers to the top seed going into the playoffs. It was the first time the Lakers were the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference since 2010.
At 35, James continues to play at a high-level, and there’s no question that he has a significant impact on the Lakers’ team. It seems like yesterday, James made his NBA debut against the Sacramento Kings when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now he’s one of the premier players in the league and continues to demonstrate his athletic abilities.
LeBron James leading the Lakers throughout the 2020 NBA Playoffs
Going into the playoffs, the Lakers were one of the hottest teams in the league. In the first round of the playoffs, the Lakers took on the Portland Trail Blazers. James averaged a triple-double with 27.4 points during that series, 10.2 rebounds, and 10.2 assists as the Lakers defeated the Trail Blazers 4-1. The Lakers continued to dominate in the second round as they defeated the Houston Rockets 4-1. James led the team in scoring (25.8) and assists (7.4). He also averaged 10.4 rebounds that series.
During the Western Conference Finals, James averaged a double-double for the second consecutive series averaging 27 points and 10.4 rebounds as the Lakers dominated against the Denver Nuggets and won the series 4-1. James made it back to the finals, where he’s had a lot of experience, and now he’s in a position to put the Lakers back at the top of the NBA.
LeBron James joining Hall of Famer Larry Bird
During Game 4 of the NBA Finals, James surpassed 500 points in the postseason. That marked the sixth time in his career that he’s had 500 points, 150 rebounds & 150 assists in a single postseason. Only one other player has done that, and that was Larry Bird, who did it for the sixth time in his career in 1987. James has played some of his best basketball in the playoffs, and there’s a reason he’s considered one of the best to play because he knows how to step up in the big games.
There’s no question that James will be in the Hall of Fame when his career is over, and he will continue to make an impact in the NBA even when he’s done playing. He was destined for greatness when he first entered the league, and he did not disappoint.