Lebron James has had a career filled with highlight plays, prestigious awards, clutch moments and huge playoff performances. In his 18 seasons, Lebron James has played in 260 playoff games and scored 7,491 playoff points, both of which are NBA records. Here’s a look at Lebron’s top 10 playoff performances.
10. 2015 NBA Finals, Game 2 at GSW
What stands out about this game is not only Lebron’s insane 39 pts, 16 reb, 11 ast statline, but also who wasn’t on the floor for the Cavaliers. Cleveland had lost Kevin Love to a dislocated left shoulder in the first round and Kyrie Irving to a left kneecap fracture in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Lebron managed to lead the Cavaliers to an overtime victory in Game 2 to even the series 1-1.
9. 2007 East Finals, Game 5 at DET
When you think of Lebron James’ playoff moments, you have to recall Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals. Lebron and the Cavaliers took on a Detroit Pistons team who was in their sixth straight Eastern Conference Finals. Lebron finished the game with 48 pts, 9 reb, 7 ast scoring 25 straight points including 29 out of 30 in the 4th quarter.
8. 2013 NBA finals, Game 6 vs SAS
What this game is known for is Ray Allen’s incredible 3-point shot to tie the game with 5.2 seconds left. Before that shot, Miami trailed the Spurs by 10 points entering the 4th quarter. Lebron James scored or assisted on 24 points in the 4th quarter finishing the game with 32 pts, 10 reb, 11 ast.
7. 2015 NBA Finals, Game 3 vs GSW
What’s important to remember about this game is how dominant Lebron had been in the 2015 NBA finals up to this point. Lebron was averaging 41 pts, 12 reb, 8 ast in 48 mpg all without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. The Cavaliers won Game 3 going up 2-1 in the series on Lebron’s 40 pts, 12 reb, 8 ast, 4 blk, 2 stl performance. This was Golden State’s second consecutive loss which would be their longest losing streak in two years.
6. 2016 NBA Finals, Game 7 at GSW
Up until 2016, no team had ever comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA finals. Lebron James capped off the 2015-2016 NBA season with 27 pts, 11 reb, 11 ast and one of the greatest blocks in NBA history. With this performance Lebron and the Cavs finished the 3-1 comeback against the 73 win Golden State Warriors.
5. 2016 NBA Finals, Game 5 at GSW
Leading up to this game it was believed to be all but over for the Cavs. Most people believed the 73 win Warriors would close out the series in Game 5 winning their second consecutive NBA championship. Lebron finished this game with 41 pts, 16 reb, 7 ast, 3 blk, 3 stl to keep the Cavs’ season alive and force a Game 6.
4. 2013 NBA Finals, Game 7 vs SAS
The 2012-2013 NBA season is arguably Lebron’s greatest season to date. In that season he was one vote shy of being the unanimous Most Valuable Player and finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting. Lebron capped his historic season with 37 pts, 12 reb, 4 ast hitting the game winning jump shot and making the game clinching steal to beat the Spurs and earn his second consecutive NBA championship.
3. 2016 NBA Finals, Game 6 vs GSW
After scoring 41 pts in Game 5, many doubters believed this had to do more with Draymond Green’s absence (suspended) and less to do with Lebron’s ability. Yet another game facing elimination, Lebron finished the game with another 41 pts, 8 reb, 11 ast forcing a Game 7.
2. 2018 NBA Finals, Game 1 at GSW
Unlike any other on the list, this Lebron James playoff performance came at a loss. No other player in NBA history has scored more points in a finals loss than Lebron James. Lebron finished the game with 51 pts, 8 reb, 8 ast nearly defeating the all-world Golden State Warriors led by Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
1. 2012 East Finals, Game 6 at BOS
Lebron James has had numerous big moments in big games. Arguably the biggest game of his career came in Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. Coming off a disappointing first season with the Miami Heat where he promised multiple championships (Not four, not five, not six, not seven) Lebron came up short in the NBA Finals losing to the Dallas Mavericks. Facing elimination in Game 6 against a team who had historically bullied Lebron during his days in Cleveland, Lebron’s legacy was on the line. In the biggest game of his career, Lebron finished the game with 45 pts, 15 reb, 5 ast cementing himself as the greatest basketball player on the planet.