Prior to leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 102-96 victory against the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James already felt that winning the match would make his career.
The Los Angeles Lakers star revealed he had texted his teammates before the game, emphasizing how this was a must-win game.
“I just felt that vibe, felt that pressure. I feel like for me personally, this was one of the biggest games of my career,” shared James, who is playing in his 10th NBA Finals.
“I just wanted to relay that message to my teammates, what type of zone I was in and what type of moment it was.”
True enough, James showed everyone how important this game was.
He delivered yet again on the big stage – dropping 28 points to go along with 12 rebounds and 8 assists – to propel the Lakers to a commanding 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven series.
The message he sent to his teammates before the game also provided a huge boost to his team’s confidence.
He got a lot of help from his supporting cast, namely Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who hit big shots down the stretch to help the Lakers hold off the gritty Heat.
“At the end of the day, if you’re on the floor in crunch time, then I believe in you. If he is on the floor with me, I believe he can make plays, and tonight was a case in point for KCP,” said James.
James had a huge second half, scoring 20 of his 28 points in the final two quarters.
He has now led the Lakers in the scoring department for the third straight Finals game, making a solid case for the Finals MVP award if the Lakers manage to win the series.
James, who is now only one win away from his fourth NBA title, is already looking forward to Game 5 on Saturday, October 10, at 9 am (Manila time).
“I’m gonna continue to get the work in. I’m gonna continue to not sleep until the job is done and I look forward to the next match,” said the four-time league MVP. – with reports from Agence France-Presse, Martin Mendoza/Rappler.com