LEBRON'S LINE: 30.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 6.0 apg, 55.7 FG%, 35.0 3P%. James has never attempted to emulate Michael Jordan (left) on court the way Kobe Bryant did, but bet it meant something to LBJ to beat the team MJ owns in the playoffs. The No. 2 Heat were huge favorites vs. a No. 7 seed, and James easily stuffed Charlotte in its final four games as the Bobcats. James never had eye-popping stats, but was numbingly consistent in scoring 27, 32, 30 and 31 points without shooting below 52 percent in a game.
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2011-12 East semifinals: Heat 4, Pacers 2
LEBRON'S LINE: 30.0 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 6.2 apg, 50.4 FG%, 16.7 3P%. The No. 3 Pacers were on the rise in a lockout-shortened season, but James and the No. 2-seeded Heat responded to trailing 2-1 in the series with an emphatic Game 4. LeBron dropped 40 points, 18 boards and nine assists by attacking repeatedly after shooting 1 for 11 from 3-point range in Games 1-3. Sticking to his inside and midrange game, he made 55.1 percent of his field goals in the final three games of the series, all wins.
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2011-12 NBA Finals: Heat 4 ,Thunder 1
LEBRON'S LINE: 28.6 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 7.4 apg, 47.2 FG%, 18.8 3P%. Three series on this list are from 2012, with this the most meaningful, as it won James his first NBA title in trip No. 3 to The Finals. In 2011, LeBron fell short of a ring in his first year with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, so there were plenty of naysayers when the Heat lost this series opener to Kevin Durant’s Thunder. James turned the series in Game 2, however, when he scored 32 points. He never topped 30 again as he shared the load with his fellow stars, but Miami won despite this Game 4 scene and finished OKC in five games.
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2011-12 East finals: Heat 4, Celtics 3
LEBRON'S LINE: 33.6 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 3.9 apg, 52.7 FG%, 29.9 3P%. This series marked the final run for the Kevin Garnett-Ray Allen-Paul Pierce-Rajon Rondo foursome in Boston, and that star-laden bunch gave the Heat’s Big Three all it could handle. Miami went up 2-0 before losing the next three games, and James staved off elimination in Game 6 with 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. He never scored fewer than 29 vs. the Celtics, and this series was the pinnacle of a playoff-long streak that saw him average 30-plus points in the playoffs (30.3) for the third time in his career.
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2008-09 East finals: Cavaliers 4, Pistons 0
LEBRON'S LINE: 32.0 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 7.5 apg, 50.6 FG%, 17.6 3P%. This was James’ fourth playoff appearance but first as a top seed, and the aging Pistons of Chauncey Billups, Rasheed Wallace, Richard Hamilton (pictured) and the like offered little resistance in a first-round matchup. James started the series sweep with 38 points and finished it with 36, and Cleveland won all four games by at least 11 points.
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2008-09 East semifinals: Cavaliers 4, Hawks 0
LEBRON'S LINE: 33.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 6.0 apg, 55.6 FG%, 48.1 3P%. After finishing off the Pistons in four games, a Cavs team that featured LeBron and little else made equally quick work of the Hawks. Anderson Varejao, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Delonte West and Mo Williams started alongside James, so LeBron's statistical assault needed to continue for Cleveland to move on. No result in this series was closer than 10 points, and James’ 47 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in Game 3 broke Atlanta’s will in its first home game.
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2014-15: East finals: Cavaliers 4, Hawks 0
LEBRON'S LINE: 30.3 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 9.3 apg, 43.8 FG%, 25.0 3P%. When James returned to Cleveland alongside Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, he didn’t figure he’d have to carry the load like he did in his first Cavs stint, but with Love out for the playoffs and Irving hobbled throughout, this was vintage LeBron vs. the world. His numbers were the closest he came to averaging a triple-double in any of his 32 playoff series -- including 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists in Game 3 (pictured) -- and the No. 1 seed Hawks were no match.
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2009-10 East semifinals: Cavaliers 4, Bulls 1
LEBRON'S LINE: 31.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 8.2 apg, 56.7 FG%, 54.2 3P%. With free agency approaching and the world buzzing over whether James would leave Cleveland for a team that could offer more help, LeBron gave it one more try on his own (a 38-year-old Shaquille O’Neal didn’t qualify as assistance) with his hometown team. Before Boston finished Cleveland in the second round, James was near-perfect in the first, making a filthy 13-of-24 3-pointers in five games vs. Chicago. He scored 40, 39 and 37 in Games 2-4.
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2005-06 East quarterfinals: Cavaliers 4, Wizards 2
LEBRON'S LINE: 35.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 5.7 apg, 51.0 FG%, 38.2 3P%. At age 21, James made his first playoffs in his fourth season and clearly couldn’t wait to get going with a triple-double in Game 1. LeBron scored 32 and 26 points as the teams split the first two games of the series and then went on a tear. Cleveland won three of the final four behind scoring outputs of 41, 38, 45 and 32 from James, who outdueled Wiz scoring machine Gilbert Arenas and his 34.0 ppg.
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2008-09 East finals: Magic 4, Cavaliers 2
LEBRON'S LINE: 38.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 8.0 apg, 48.7 FG%, 29.7 3P%. This may have been the series that got James thinking about leaving Cleveland a year later. He did it all against Dwight Howard’s Magic -- and lost. LeBron’s 38.5-point series average was a career-high, and his Game 2 buzzer-beater (pictured) gave the Cavs their only win in the series’ first four games despite him scoring 49, 35, 41 and 44 in those contests. This was a player at the peak of his powers who simply had no help.