LeBron James’ fast break jam was nasty to start NBA Finals Game 6 (Video)
LeBron James’ fast-break slam got Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and Heat off to an electric start.
The NBA playoffs have been plenty exciting in the bubble. Sometimes it’s even easy to forget there are no fans in the stands.
Then a play comes along that would have taken the roof off the building and the illusion comes crashing down.
Take, for example, LeBron James’ fast-break slam in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.
That’s a pretty great way to score your team’s second basket of the game. For one, fast-break points after a steal are always particularly satisfying. Being able to throw down an uncontested slam dunk like that in a Finals game is pretty special too.
LeBron James and the Lakers are trying to rack up the highlights against the Heat
LeBron headed into Game 6 averaging 30.2 points, 11.4 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game. If the Los Angeles Lakers manage to close out the Heat on Sunday night, he would be an easy pick for Finals MVP.
Of course, Los Angeles still needs to do what it wasn’t able to do in Game 5: Stop Jimmy Butler and Miami from clinging to life.
Despite injuries keeping out Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo, Butler managed to avoid the sweep by engineering a Game 3 victory. Then he put up 35 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals in a magnificent, series-saving performance in Game 5.
James wasn’t exactly a scrub in the last appearance. He had 40 points and 13 rebounds on Friday night. Now that Miami has forced a Game 6, the onus is on the Lakers star to prevent a dangerous Game 7 matchup.
A few more fast-break dunks like the one he managed in the opening minutes of the game would go a long way towards achieving that goal and lifting the championship trophy.