LeBron James played like, well, LeBron James last night.
He finished the Heat’s 102-90 victory over the Pacers with the ridiculously diverse stat line we’ve come to expect from him: 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists on 62% shooting.
For the 74th time in his career, James put up 25 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds in a playoff game. He’s accomplished this feat more times than any other player in NBA history, and took over the number one spot last night. You know who held it down before him? Michael Jordan. James did it in 22 fewer games, too. I don’t say this to spark any sort of James-Jordan debate on here, just thought it was an interesting bit of trivia.
In addition to his all-around dominance, James also gave us a damn nice dunk last night. With less than a minute to go in the half, LeBron blew by George Hill and drove to the hoop. He was fouled on his way in, but still managed to throw down a sweet reverse dunk. In doing so, I think James gave us a strong challenge to Kawhi Leonard’s Jordan-esque pump and jam as the best dunk of the 2014 playoffs.
It’s a close call, though, so I want to ask: which do you like more? LeBron’s reverse dunk, or Kawhi’s monster throwdown? Here are videos of both.
After watching both back-to-back, I think Kawhi still holds the crown. That acceleration looks like it’s out of a video game.