LeBron James let his game do the talking against the Brooklyn Nets.
Hours after Nets role player Reggie Evans rejected the Miami Heat’s claim to winning the NBA Finals in 2012—due to the lockout-shortened season—James answered with 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals in a blowout 105-85 victory at the Barclays Center.
After wrapping up his third and final meeting with the Nets, James decided to verbally address Evans’ ridiculous comments.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the superstar had a message for the journeyman:
You can't just come out and say something like that versus a champion. No one knows what it takes unless you've done it. You can't sit here and judge and talk about a team winning a championship unless you've done it. (Evans) hasn't done it.
To further prove his point against the 10-year veteran, James grabbed a stat sheet from the contest and checked out Evans’ box score, noting that the rebounding specialist was held in check on the offensive glass.
Evans, probably for the best, kept quiet after the loss. He finished with no points on one shot attempt, six defensive rebounds and two steals.
However, Gerald Wallace piped up in defeat, as the 30-year-old swingman made the bold proclamation that the Heat—a team that just beat his by 20—weren’t that much superior to Brooklyn.
Which team would win in a seven-game series?
The confident forward said (as per Windhorst): “They're the defending champions, but I don't think they're much better than us. I don't think they're 20 points better than us.”
Brooklyn lost to Miami 103-73 back in November and 102-89 in December.
The Nets may have mastered the art of spin and trash talk against the Heat, but they have a long way to go if they are ever going to overcome them on the court.