WATCH: LeBron says ‘I’m the best player in the world’

MANILA, Philippines – Many observers, pundits, and even haters have known it for quite some time, but we haven’t heard the words come out of his mouth until now.

Following his team’s 104-91 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday, June 15, 4-time NBA MVP and Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James was asked if he was worried about facing elimination heading into Game 6 with the Cavs down 3-2.

James says that he’s still “confident.” Why so? “Because I’m the best player in the world. It’s simple,” he said. 

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With his play in this finals as evidence, James is correct. He’s averaging 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 8.8 assists per contest through 5 games – the kind of numbers that only 3 other guys (Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Shaquille O'Neal) have accomplished in a finals game since 1985.

But James, who put up 40 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists in Game 5, clearly needs more help for the Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love-less Cavaliers to have a shot at extending this series.

Tristan Thompson had 19 points and 10 boards on Monday, but other than him, no other Cav really stepped up to help LeBron.

Golden State, on the other hand, was led by Stephen Curry’s 37 points but also received 16 and 14 points from Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green, respectively.

Klay Thompson also had 12 points, while Leandro Barbosa put up 13 off the bench.

Game 6 is on Wednesday, June 17, at 9 am. – Rappler.com