The Los Angeles Lakers are headed back to the NBA Finals, and LeBron James had a monster game to help send them there.
James posted a triple-double in the Lakers’ 117-107 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
James scored 22 in the second half, including 16 in the fourth quarter, to help seal the win. He shot 15-for-25 with 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Anthony Davis added 27 for the Lakers.
James made just one three-pointer in the game, but it was a dagger with just under two minutes left.
James said after the game that merely reaching the NBA Finals was not a reason to celebrate. Rather, he wants to wait until the team achieves its bigger goal first.
“We are going to enjoy it tonight, but we understand we got bigger fish to fry. We understand there’s a bigger goal but we can’t take this for granted because this doesn’t happen every year to anybody,” James said.
James has now become the fourth player to reach the NBA Finals 10 times. His Lakers await the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between Boston and Miami.