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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) dunks during the first half in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Miami Heat Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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For the fourth time in his career, LeBron James is a champion. For the fourth time, he’s also the NBA Finals MVP.

James was awarded the honor after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, winning the series 4-2. That made him the first player in NBA history to be named the Finals MVP with three different teams.

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps

LeBron James on winning Finals MVP: “It means a lot. It means a lot to represent this franchise. I came here to put this franchise back where it belongs … for me to be a part of this is an unbelievable feeling.”

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver

Lakers’ LeBron James has become just the second player in NBA history to win four Finals MVP awards, joining Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan (6).
– Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal & Tim Duncan all w/ three. https://t.co/gGPIfsFEnj

He received all 11 first-place votes.

James was excellent in the closeout game, posting a triple-double with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. It was his 28th career postseason triple-double, trailing only Magic Johnson (30) in NBA history. It wasn’t a surprise—James didn’t have a bad game in the series:

  • Game 1: 25 points, 13 rebounds nine assists
  • Game 2: 33 points, nine rebounds, nine assists
  • Game 3: 25 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists
  • Game 4: 28 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists
  • Game 5: 40 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, three steals

There wasn’t much debate that James deserved the award:

Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA

LeBron James is clearly the Finals MVP. He scored or assisted on over 50 Lakers points per game and played great tone-setting defense. Anthony Davis was amazing as a finisher and enforcer but LeBron is the engine who made all things possible for this team to win the championship. https://t.co/KdYjAjze4E

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps

Adam Silver says he expects the Finals MVP trophy could be named after the winner — LeBron James — one day. It is the first time someone has won the award with three different teams.

James beat the Heat in various ways throughout this series, but Sunday night, he was impossible to stop once he lowered his head and powered to the rim:

NBA @NBA

DON’T MISS NBA FINALS GAME 6 ON ABC RIGHT NOW! 🍿📺

LeBron with the quick handle and SMOOTH finish! 😮

#NBAFinals presented by YouTube TV https://t.co/s9toJoFvDB

ESPN @espn

LeBron on the fastbreak is a movie 🍿 https://t.co/8CbOKv8ihM

NBA @NBA

Caruso’s steal leads to the LeBron and-1 on the other end! #CloroxDefense

#NBAFinals on ABC https://t.co/KNTlFGIjhv

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

That burst 👑💨

(📺: ABC) https://t.co/IdHP0CDcEo

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

Nobody runs the floor like @KingJames.

(📺: ABC) https://t.co/pHrZ3Rh9pj

To be fair to the Heat, they aren’t the first team that James has abused at the basket. Few players in NBA history have been harder to stop in transition or attacking the basket. He’s…different.

In the past year, a debate that wasn’t in question throughout most of James’ career, given his dominance, resurfaced: Who is the best player in the NBA? Giannis Antetokounmpo has won two straight MVPs. Kawhi Leonard is a two-way force who led the Toronto Raptors to a title last year before signing with the Los Angeles Clippers. A healthy Kevin Durant is arguably the most unguardable player in basketball.

This year, however, James reminded the NBA world that, even at the age of 35, he’s still the best basketball player alive. Whether he’s the best basketball player ever is a different argument altogether. The Michael Jordan stans would like a word.

But in the modern NBA, the crown remains atop King James’ head.

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