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Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  31 responses

LeBron James on Game 4: ‘One of the Biggest Games of My Career’


James and the rest of the Miami Heat placed enormous importance on last night’s game, and evidently, they were able to push through their demons at the Garden in Boston. From SI: “A city-silencing, game-tying three with two minutes left. A hesitating, long-striding, left-handed leaning drive in the final minute of regulation. A fallaway rainbow buzzer-beater to open the overtime. A catch from Dwyane Wade that he drove into the lane to create a layup for Chris Bosh, Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance. A backbreaking charge drawn near the three-point line against Paul Pierce. These are the talents (to quote himself) that LeBron James was always known to possess. These are the plays he made to redefine himself and his new franchise down the stretch of the tightest game, in the most hostile building, against the opponent he, Wade and Bosh could never beat. Miami is returning home with a 3-1 series lead, thanks to a 98-90 overtime win in Game 4 Monday that could begin to transform 10 unhappy months into the happiest year of James’s young life. ‘I looked at it as one of the biggest games of my career,’ said James. ‘Me and D-Wade had a lot of conversation after Game 3 all the way to the tip-off today about how important this game is. I heard a stat that D-Wade had lost 11 straight in this building. I haven’t had much success in this building. So we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to try to do whatever it took to help our team win this ballgame.’ They may not win the championship this year, and they have yet to win this series — ‘It will be the toughest thing we’ve had to do up to this point,’ said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra of closing out the Celtics in Game 5 Wednesday at Miami — but this win was a breakthrough of its own. As James discussed his 35-point, 14-rebound performance over 50 excruciating minutes, he was unable or unwilling to suppress a smile, perhaps because he had never felt so liberated.”

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  • nick

    Awesome game last night, Lebron was definitely clutch

  • Riggs

    meh, yall wouldve lost if that shot hadnt jumped back out. This is a celtics loss through and through.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    ^ Douche. Unless you were being sarcastic….which would make you funny.

  • http://masterx1983@hotmail.com marchalmadness

    great job heat!

  • Gman

    This game to me, was defensive battle 1st. Both teams made each other screw up. Whoever screwed up less… won.

    Good job to both teams. Reminded me of 90′s ball.

  • Riggs

    youre an idiot if you think the celtics didnt lose this one. unless this is just a character you play on the internet.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jtrain73 Jono

    Derrick Rose might be the MVP but LeBron is by miles the best player in the world. After last nights performance, how many players can impact a game so many ways. Clutch 3, fadeaway, great assist to Bosh, the charge and controlling the tempo of the game. Haters are retarded.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Yes, riggs the Heat did nothing to win the game. You’re knowledge is impeccable.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    *Your

  • logues

    ^wade is better. better defender, and can score in just as many ways or more than lebron can. more clutch also. arguably better rebounder for his size

  • logues

    OOOOOHHHHH, good one Eboy! man i love internet smack talk! “you’re knowledge is impeccable” man im gonna use that line next time

  • http://www.nba.com Gman

    Thats why he is already a champ. lol

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkidl

    Riggs your an idiot if you thought the injured,centerless,disorganized celtics could beat the heat in a series..shut up

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkidl

    You guys let your hate for Lebron cloud your judgement…a healthy wade is roughly = to Lebron..but wade hasnt been fully healthy for a while

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    The Celtics had alot of missed opportunities but give credit to the Heat, they found a way to win. Plain and Simple.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    LeBron dropped 35 and 14. Yeah, the Celtics made mistakes, but give homie his due. He got stats and hit some clutch shots. And Lord knows everybody would have called him a bum if the Celtics win the game after he dribbles the ball off his foot. Nobody would have said it was just a “celtics win.”

  • ernieD

    Pierce almost won it at the buzzer, and it would have been a great story, but the real story is the Heat coming together, and looking like the favorite to win the East. Maybe it won’t be so bad to see a Mavericks VS Heat finals. It would be good for TV ratings.

  • bashmo

    damn what a performance by the best player walking on the plane..bar none, this guy’s credit has been due, he has carried Miami along with DWade all season.

  • Riggs

    so if paul pierce’s shot had went in, wtf would be your argument today? you make no damn sense.

  • Riggs

    @datkidl: why would i even take a response from someone who calls themselves a kid seriously? eff outta here, kid.

  • 1982

    Losing a game is the same as the other team winning. That’s like arguing that the only reason the Mavs blew out the Lakers was because they didn’t hit any shots and sucked at guarding the perimeter. They got beat, and a win is a win. “An inch or a mile…”

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    What is this, “Paul almost won it at the buzzer” nonsense? Lebron almost won it if only he hadn’t dribbled it off his own leg, and YOU wouldn’t be talking about Paul Pierce almost missing the last shot! Dur hur!

  • HAMMER

    Just a bad, horrible and terrible offensive posession for the C’s @ the end of regulation. But indeed, if the C’s score on that posession all were talkin bout 2 day is Lebrons misfortunes. Again. So its a relief 4 Lebron, if anything. Bout damn time tho

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Riggs
    The argument would be that LeBron lost the freaking game.
    Which actually proves that he was the deciding factor, not the Celtics mishaps.
    Don’t you see how that works.
    If you get all the blame for the loss despite putting up killer numbers then you should get all the credit for a win because you put up killer numbers.

  • hoodsnake

    True Allen facts remains he was the best player out there.

  • DeeDre

    @Riggs But Paul Pierce did not make the shot and even if he did I would argue that we “stole” that win because the momentum was not in our favor. And we still had an overtime to win but we flatout got outplayed by the Heat. Fair and simple. And this coming from a Celtic fan. Hopefully we can get one in Miami

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Great defensive game and great performance by LeBron. He really carried the Heat and now we’ll see how Boston responds. I hope that they have a center next time.

  • bull22

    yeah LEBRON, great achievment… having wade and bosh hold your basketball shorts, hahahahahhaha. while you are at it get larry bird to be on your team… hahahahahahahahahahahahaahha

  • http://slamonline.com The Ambassador

    Dam LeBron if thats one of the biggest games you ever played in…

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    That’s funny Riggs..see I don’t take you seriously because I know your a fool..not just bc your screename is idiotic…even though it is.

  • http://wwww.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    long…live……the….king. wheres philosopher?

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