Rashard Lewis didn’t know what hit him.
It was bad enough that, on the way into Quicken Loans Arena, he and the Magic encountered an ornery contingent of Cleveland fans, spilling all over the street, jeering their arrival, “giving us the bird.” Then, once they got inside, they encountered a Cavs five that was absolutely flying.
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LeBron in conference finals
2007 Cavaliers defeat Pistons 4-2
Averages 25.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 2.7 steals and shoots 44.9 percent from the field.
Signature moment: James scores 48 points, including Cleveland’s last 25 (18 in overtime) to lift the Cavs to a 109-107 double-overtime victory in Auburn Hills, Mich., in Game 5. The Cavs close out the series two days later but fall in the NBA Finals to the Spurs in a sweep.
2009 Cavaliers lose to Magic 4-2
Averages 38.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 8.0 assists and shoots 48.7 percent from the field.
Signature moment: James hits the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to win Game 2, evening the series at 1apiece. Three of the first four games are decided by two points or less, but James and Cavs eventually fall in six games.
2011 Heat defeats Bulls 4-1
Averages 25.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 2.4 steals and shoots 44.7 percent from the field.
Signature moment: After Derrick Rose, the league MVP, scores 28 points in Game 1, the 6-foot-8 James volunteers to guard the 6-3 Rose and holds him to 22 ppg the next four games – all Heat wins - and dominates him in a late-game situations. The Heat lose to Dallas in five games in the NBA Finals.
2012 Heat defeats Celtics 4-3
Averages 33.6 points, 11 rebounds, 3.9 assists and shoots 52.7 percent from the field
Signature moment: With his detractors poised to pounce again, he drops a 45-point, 15-round Game 6 performance in a 98-79 win in Boston. Two days later Miami wins the series. James goes on to lead the Heat to victory over Oklahoma City in five games in the NBA Finals and win MVP honors.