He’s the best player on the planet rolling towards a 7th consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals, so it’s safe to say LeBron James has amassed a collection of spectacular playoff games which have helped to cement his place in NBA history. Already going down as one of the all-time greats, he still has some time to add to his legacy. But before he does, let’s look back on some of the best postseason games of LeBron James’ career.
2007 Eastern Conference Finals, Game 5
The Cavs were facing an experienced Detroit Pistons team whose last three seasons had finished with an NBA title, another Finals appearance and a closely fought Eastern Finals vs eventual champions Miami. With the series tied at 2-2, Game 5 in Detroit was a must win for both teams and LeBron made sure the Cavs didn’t let it slip. He was “Jordanesque” and scored 48 points, including an outrageous 29 of the team’s final 30 and the game winner with 2 seconds left to lift the Cavs to victory.
2009 Eastern Conference Finals, Game 2
With Orlando upsetting the Cavs at home in Game 1, an 0-2 hole travelling to Orlando would have been a disaster, and it seemed likely with 2 seconds remaining and the Magic up 2. The King hit a rainbow 3 pointer at the buzzer to keep Cleveland’s hopes alive. Despite losing in six games, the series will always be remembered for that shot.
2012 Eastern Conference Finals, Game 6
Still without a title and down 3-2 to their biggest rivals, the talk of blowing up Miami’s Heatles had already started. That was before LeBron dropped 45 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists in a performance where he looked like a man possessed. 30 half points from James put the game to bed long before the final buzzer sounded.
2013 NBA Finals, Game 7
Fresh off a Game 6 scare where a Ray Allen 3 pointer saved the Heat from losing the title on their home floor, James controlled Game 7. He scored 37 points and hit the dagger with 20 seconds remaining, ensuring a repeat of both the NBA title and Finals MVP.
2016 NBA Finals, Game 7
Another Finals, another Game 7 and another LeBron James masterclass. He finished with a triple double, being only the third player ever to do so in an NBA Finals Game 7, but the highlight of the game and possibly James’ career was the spectacular chasedown block on Andre Iguodala with a minute and a half remaining. This kept the game tied and led to Kyrie Irving’s big 3 and the LeBron free throw that iced the game.