LeBron James has been with the LA Lakers for just over four seasons and has already delivered a championship. He averaged 25.3 points, 10.2 assists, and 7.8 rebounds in 67 games in the 2019-2020 season and was selected to play in his sixteenth All-Star Game. He was a season MVP front runner, ending the year capping his dominance with a Finals MVP Award.
With all of these accomplishments in L.A., here are LeBron James' 5 best games of his Lakers tenure thus far.
#5 LeBron James finalizes his season sweep against the Pelicans (March 1st, 2020)
The Los Angeles Lakers had yet to lose to Zion Willamson and his Pelicans squad when they played for the last time that season. James recorded yet another triple-double, finishing the game as the top scorer of the fourth quarter, helping LA to outscore New Orleans by 10 points even with Zion having his highest-scoring game of the season thus far.
This game finds a spot in LeBron’s top 5 games as a Laker due to him again keeping his fire alive against young stars. With a hungry Zion, many were wondering how LeBron would hold up against New Orleans with his age. James looked younger than ever, shooting 66.7% from the field and working quickly off the ball.
He left it all on the court, making this the Lakers' fourth-highest scoring game of the season despite teammate Anthony Davis being off the floor. LeBron kept the game in his hands, proving to everyone that he has no intention of fading away anytime soon.
#4 Lebron James scores 51 and gets his first victory against his former team Miami Heat (November 18th, 2018)
Going into this game, James was 0-4 against Miami since leaving the squad. Getting this victory was his first win against them since he left, so for him it was monumental. Not to mention, it being his 12th career 50-point game and the first performance scoring over 50 by a Laker since Kobe Bryant.
LeBron came out of the gate with something to prove scoring 19 points, shooting 8-for-10 from the field and not missing any of his three 3-point attempts. The Lakers outplayed Miami in the first quarter 34-31. James finished the game 19-for-31 from the field with an astonishing 6-for-8 from 3-point range.
With the game closing in the final seconds, LeBron managed to silence the conversation with a clutch 32-foot 3 pointer.
#3 LeBron James takes on Giannis Antetokounmpo's Milwaukee Bucks (March 6th, 2020)
Though this game read Lakers vs. Bucks, most of the headlines were Lebron vs. Giannis. LeBron got the win with 37 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Even with these stats, the highlight of LeBron James’ performance was his defense. When asked about the victory, Lakers coach Frank Vogel said -
“What was more impressive to me was [Lebron's] defense on Giannis … For him to take on that assignment and still do what he did offensively, just an incredible performance."
Not only did this keep LeBron’s name high up in the argument for MVP, winning the game also meant Los Angeles clinched their first playoff spot since 2014. The win ended their longest drought in playoff history.
#2- 2020 Western Conference Finals vs. Denver Nuggets (September 26th, 2020)
To get himself into the NBA Finals, LeBron James needed to overcome a tough Denver Nuggets squad. Being up 3-1 was no guarantee for the LA Lakers due to how familiar the Nuggets had been with being down in a series and coming back to win.
But LeBron James quickly silenced this in Game 5 of the series by scoring 38 points with 10 assists and 16 rebounds. James shot 15-of-25 from the field in 40 minutes on the floor. He made sure his triple-double spoke louder than the tenacity of his opponents and in the end, proved to be dominant again in the clutch.
#1- 2020 NBA Finals, Game 6 win over the Miami Heat
During the finals series against the Miami Heat, James to averaged 24.7 points, 9.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists in 24 games. He showed his immense leadership in this situation with 2019 being Anthony Davis’ first year as a Laker. Lebron James capped off the series in Game 6 by completing his 11th Finals triple-double, taking the series at 4 wins and 2 losses.
He walked off the court after 41 hard-fought minutes with 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists to win his first championship with the Lakers. It was his 4th finals victory and 4th NBA Finals MVP Award. This made LeBron James the 4th player in NBA history to win a championship for three different franchises, and the 1st to win NBA Finals MVP with three different teams.
LeBron James' 2020 NBA Finals clinching victory over the Heat was his most monumental game thus far in his outfit as a Los Angeles Laker.