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LeBron James matches Magic Johnson’s NBA Finals mark

Jun 21, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

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LeBron James won NBA Finals MVP, but that honor, which must be given to someone each year no matter how much or how little he elevates his game above his peers, doesn’t give the Heat star his full due.

LeBron dominated these Finals. His all-around game on as full a display as ever, he led the series in points (177), assists (49) and steals (16).

Nobody has done that since Magic Johnson in 1987, when he led the Lakers and Celtics in those stats.

The last player to lead the Finals in any three of the five major stats – points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks – was Tim Duncan, who led the 2003 Finals in points, rebounds and blocks.

And just because LeBron never faces high enough expectations, here’s one more: The last player to lead two different Finals in three major stats was Shaquille O’Neal, who had the most points, rebounds and blocks in both the 2000 and 2002 Finals. So, LeBron better do it again next season, so O’Neal won’t have that hanging over him.

  1. acdc363 - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    I loved seeing these two teams spend so much time after the game congradulating each other and talking. Seeing Pop kiss Wade was awesome and the respect between these two teams was very evident (was there even a single flagrant called all series? I’d rather see a series like this than what we saw in Indiana and Chicago anyday). Jordan may have more rings than LBJ but he was nowheres near as humble and respectful to his fellow athletes. You da man Lebron keep it up!

  2. mattblue - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Hey Cantonbound suck it

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Want to apologize to my clients today. Lots of calls going to be going straight to voicemail today.

  4. saint1997 - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Barely processed that – still in the HEAT of the moment

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      a missing person report has been filed in Miami for Tony Parker……

  5. justanacehole - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    LeBron James matches Adam Morrison’s NBA Championship ring count.

  6. logisticalvoices - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    I am happy for LeBron, Spoelsta, and all of the Heat. They put on an amazing display last night. That being said, I can’t fathom a more annoying fan base that deserves their team any less than Heat fans.

    Enjoy your championship!

    • ceschatz - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      You forgot about Laker fans

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      We don’t deserve our team? What the hell are you rambling about?

  7. harshedmellow - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    As a denizen of the Western Conference, I can verify that yes, Laker fans are some whiny, entitled sumbeetches. Watching them wallow in mediocrity will be priceless.

    I don’t get the Heat-hating, I really don’t. Hats off to them for good team play. Same for the Spurs. Two great teams playing great team ball.

  8. badintent - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    I do get the Knick hating but I got alligator skin. Knicks gonna get young , then meet the Heat in the East finals. Can’t wait already for the playoffs.Bring it hard, as hard as Cavs fans hate for LBJ

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