Tuesday night, LeBron was a one-man wrecking crew against the Celtics, scoring 38 points and dishing out 13 assists to lead the Cavaliers to the upset win. That sets the stage for Sunday’s game in Boston, for which I will be in attendance.
I’m hoping that LeBron will put on a show for the ages in this one, but honestly, I’m happy just to finally see him play in person.
As for the 5 games in the past I would have loved to have been at, well, here they are.
5. May 3, 2006: Cavaliers 121, Wizards 120 (OT)
This was the ultimate showdown game with Gilbert Arenas. LeBron finished with 45 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Arenas had 44 points and played the entire 53 minutes. But LeBron came out ahead when he hit the game-winner -- a baseline-hugging lay-up with 0.9 seconds left in overtime. Skip to number 1 of this video to see the play.
4. Dec. 12, 2002: St. Vincent-St. Mary’s 65, Oak Hill 45
This was LeBron’s national coming out party, against the No. 1 high school team in the country on national TV. He scored 31 points to go along with 13 rebounds and six assists, not to mention a crazy breakaway dunk that almost gave Dickie V an aneurysm.
3. Feb. 19, 2006 - East 122, West 120
LeBron scored 29 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead an Eastern Conference comeback and become the youngest player to win All-Star Game MVP. The best part about it? He did it mostly with his outside shot, which had been considered suspect to that point.
2. Feb. 15, 2006 - Cavaliers 113, Boston 109 (2OT)
If this Sunday’s game is anything like this one back in 2006, I will be the happiest man on the planet. LeBron finished with 43, 12 and 11, offsetting a career-high 50 from Paul Pierce. The two went at each other all game, and the Cavs came out ahead in the end. One of the great head-to-head regular season showdowns in recent years.
1. May 31, 2007 - Cavaliers 109, Pistons 107 (2 OT)
As if there was any doubt. Just bask in the glory of LeBron’s 25 straight points. We are all witnesses.