LeBron James in Game 6: Record, Elimination Matches & Deciding Moments
The Lakers are on the verge of elimination in the Western Conference playoffs.
Fortunately for Los Angeles, LeBron James has a favorable record in Games 6. The Lakers will test that record Thursday at 10:30 p.m. against the Suns.
How good is James in the sixth game in a series? He has several memorable Game 6 performances that defined his career, but there are a few weak spots mixed in. Will it be one of those times? Will this set up another Game 7 for James?
Sporting News takes a look at James’ Game 6 background to find out.
What is LeBron James’ record in Game 6?
James’ teams are 15-6 in Game 6 situations. It is 9-2 when his team is up 3-2 and 6-4 when his team is down 3-2.
This is the second Game 6 with the Lakers. Here’s a look at how James’ teams fared in Game 6 and how it affected each series.
James’ teams in Game 6
|RESULT||NUMBER OF TIMES|
|Won 3-2, closed series||9|
|Won 3-2, won game 7||5|
|Lost 3-2, eliminated||4|
|Lost 3-2, lost Game 7||1|
|Lost 3-2, won game 7||1|
|Won 3-2, lost game 7||1|
James’ teams have won 11 of the last 12 playoffs which reached Game 6. James has averaged 29.2 points per game with 10.1 rebounds and eight assists in those 21 games.
It’s worth knowing that this is the first time in James’ career that he has played a Game 6 in the first round with a 3-2 loss.
James’ record against elimination in Game 6
James’s teams are 6-4 in Game 6 of elimination, and they’ve split those 10 series. James led Cleveland to a win over Boston in Game 6 of the 2008 playoffs, but the Cavaliers lost Game 7.
The other nine series went to the winner of Game 6. That’s what makes Thursday’s game against the Suns intriguing. Here’s a look at those Game 6 clashes when James’ teams were knocked out.
|2008||Semi finals||against Boston||W 74-69||Lost 4-3|
|2009||Conf. finals||in Orlando||L 103-90||Lost 4-2|
|2010||Semi finals||in Boston||L 94-85||Lost 4-2|
|2011||NBA Finals||against Dallas||L 105-95||Lost 4-2|
|2012||Conf. finals||in Boston||W 98-79||Won 4-3|
|2013||Conf. finals||in Indiana||W 91-77||Won 4-3|
|2013||NBA Finals||vs. Saint Anthony||L 103-100||Won 4-3|
|2015||NBA Finals||against Golden State||L 105-97||Lost 4-2|
|2016||NBA Finals||against Golden State||L 115-101||Won 4-3|
|2018||Conf. finals||against Boston||W 109-99||Won 4-3|
James’ teams have won five of the last six in this situation, the only loss coming to the Warriors in the 2015 NBA Finals. James has averaged 33 points, 11.1 rebounds and eight assists in those games.
LeBron James’ memorable 6th game wins
Here’s a look at how James performed in Game 6 wins in which his teams trailed 3-2. James’ teams ended up winning all of these series.
Miami 98, Boston 79 (June 7, 2012)
James toppled the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics with 45 points and 15 rebounds at TD Garden. It was a performance that helped turn the tale on whether he could win a big game. The Heat won the NBA Finals for James’ first championship.
Miami 91, Indiana 77 (June 1, 2013)
James helped turn a 3-2 Eastern Conference Finals in favor of the Heat with 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists on the road against Indiana. The Heat would advance to the NBA Finals to face the Spurs.
Miami 103, San Antonio 100 (June 18, 2013)
Ray Allen hit the saving 3 points, which eclipsed James’ triple-double of 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. The Heat would close back-to-back championships with a win in Game 7.
Cleveland 115, Golden State 101 (June 16, 2016)
The Cavaliers tied the 2016 NBA Finals with a resounding home victory in which James scored 41 points with 11 assists and eight rebounds. Cleveland completed the return 3-1 with a win in Game 7.
Cleveland 109, Boston 99 (May 25, 2018)
The Cavaliers rallied in the Eastern Conference Finals with another monster performance from James, who tallied 46 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. James also hit five of seven 3-pointers and Cleveland won Game 7 in Boston to advance to the NBA Finals.
LeBron James’ memorable game 6 losses
Orlando 103, Cleveland 90 (May 30, 2009)
The Magic eliminated the Cavaliers from the Eastern Conference Finals in six games. Dwight Howard led Orlando with 40 points and 14 rebounds. James finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Boston 94, Cleveland 85 (May 13, 2010)
It was James’ last game on his first stint with Cleveland. He finished with 27 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists in the Eastern Conference semi-final loss, but everyone remembers James ripping his jersey off in the tunnel. It prefaced “The Decision” later that summer.
Dallas 105, Miami 95 (June 12, 2011)
James’ first appearance in the NBA Finals with the Heat did not go as planned. The Mavericks ruined that run and knocked out Miami in Game 6. Dirk Nowitzki tied James with 21 points, but Jason Terry stole the show with 27 points in the win.
Golden State 105, Cleveland 97 (June 16, 2015)
The Warriors eliminated the Cavaliers in the first of four straight games of the NBA Finals between the teams. James had 32 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists in the loss.