LeBron James’ 4th-quarter explosion that led Lakers to NBA Finals
The Los Angeles Lakers booked a 2020 NBA Finals ticket with a 117-107 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 7. LeBron James had a monster triple-double performance on Saturday, dropping 38 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists in the series clincher.
While James dominated from the get-go, it was his late 4th quarter explosion that ultimately propelled the Purple and Gold to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. The King scored nine points in succession in a less than two minute span down the stretch to finally put away the gutsy Nuggets for good. James made three consecutive mid-range jumpers and capped off his torrid stretch with a 3-point dagger to put the Lakers up 12 with 1:47 remaining in the fourth.
What a way to barge into the Finals. Add this montage to the LeBron James highlight reel.
LeBron James poured in 16 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter and finished shooting 15-of-25 from the field. The 4-time NBA MVP will now make the 10th Finals appearance of his career and his 9th within the last 10 years. Meanwhile, this marks the first Finals appearance for his co-star Anthony Davis, who scored 27 points in Game 5.
LeBron James is now just four wins away from capturing his fourth NBA championship. Los Angeles will now wait to see the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.
Game 6 between Miami and Boston will be on Sunday. If Miami wins, Game 1 between the Heat and the Lakers will be on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Should Boston force a Game 7, the Lakers and LeBron James will take the floor once again on Friday for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.