Turns out that LeBron James needs to have his back against the wall and be heavily criticized by the media in order to play to his potential. James simply put the Heat on his back, putting on a historic performance (45pts, 15reb, 5ast) to defeat the Celtics 98-79 and force a decisive game 7 in the east. LeBron might’ve put up points in the mid-50s but Boston didn’t have an answer for him to keep the game close. Rajon Rondo had a great game to sort of counter LeBron but Rondo had little help from the veterans around him. Watching this game it felt like all of Boston’s efforts were pointless when James was playing in the manner that he was. Was this performance by LeBron a big middle finger to anyone that was throwing hate his way as of late? Or did he just decide to completely ignore everything that was being said about him and go out and play?
James played in a demeanor not usually seen by him; sporting a glare (as pictured above) that’s not usually his style. Doesn’t matter at this point because James did what he had to do in order to lead his team like he should. Or at least this is what everyone says that he’s “supposed” to be doing. Has he finally figured out that he’s the best player on the planet and one of the most talented of all time? Chances are that he’s not going to score 30 points in the first half again. It’s an NBA record for a reason but we’ll have to see if James can have some sort of encore performance as the Heat head back home. The Celtics certainly don’t want think about LeBron’s game 6 performance any longer than needed as their focus turns to game 7. This all sets up for something great on Saturday between these two teams.
One of Lebron’s highlights from last night’s game: