Stat Line Of The Night — 6/21/12 — LeBron James
LeBron James has heard all of the criticism before, from “he can’t win,” to “he can’t close out games.” Last night he proved all of the naysayers wrong once and for all.
When LeBron teamed up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, in their pursuit of “not one, not two, not three, not four,” but many NBA Championships as members of the Miami Heat, many of his haters hoped he wouldn’t get one. That seemed to be a very real possibility when the Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks in last season’s NBA Finals, but they made it back to the Finals for a second year in a row, and after taking a 3-1 series lead, LeBron wasn’t about to let his most recent shot at an NBA championship slip away.
James took the bull by the horns during last night’s elimination game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, as he recorded 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in 44 minutes of play. That historic triple-double performance would result in a 121-106 victory, his first NBA Championship ring, Finals MVP honors, and a spot on “The Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, June 21, 2012.