After two years of almost constant basketball, Lebron James still found a way to be at his absolute best in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. He scored 37 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and simply controlled everything down the stretch, as the Miami Heat won the title with a 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.
"This is what it's all about," James said. "I came here to win championships and to be able to go back-to-back, two championships in three years. So far, it's the ultimate."
Two days after helping the Heat survive a wild Game 6 in overtime, James' final numbers went like this: 12-for-23 from the field, 5-for-10 from 3-point range, 8-for-8 from the line.
And in a season when he was the league's MVP for a fourth time, he has now added a second ring to the collection. Suddenly, his resume is looking as complete as some of the other all-time greats. Here's a club: He joined Michael Jordan and Bill Russell as the only players in league history to win back-to-back Finals MVPs and regular-season MVP awards.
"Listen, I can't worry about what everybody says about me," James said, as confetti fell around him. "I'm LeBron James, from Akron, Ohio, from the inner city. I'm not even supposed to be here. That's enough. Every night I walk into the locker room, I see a No. 6 with James on the back. I'm blessed. So what everybody says about me off the court, don't matter. I ain't got no worries."