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Throughout the finals, it's been impossible to predict which LeBron James will show up, both game-to-game and quarter-to-quarter.
In all but one quarter in Games 2 and 3, for instance, James played with a stunning level of passivity on offense. After being buried in criticism between Games 3 and 4, the reigning MVP began forcing the issue more on offense with repeated trips into the paint.
Yet there he was in Game 5, refusing to take Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw off the dribble. Game 6 started in a similar fashion, with James a stunning 3-of-12 from the field through three quarters.
Facing the prospect of being 12 minutes removed from yet another disappointment in the NBA Finals, the long-overdue LeBruption came in the fourth quarter. He started the Heat's fourth-quarter rally by passing to a wide-open Mario Chalmers for three, scoring on a drive to cut the Spurs' lead to five and feeding Mike Miller for a one-shoed three-pointer to bring Miami within four points only 90 seconds into the fourth.
With the Spurs clinging to a two-point lead nearly halfway through the fourth, James swooped in to block a shot from Tim Duncan, allowing the Heat to take their first lead since the second quarter moments later.
Two unseemly final-minute turnovers from James almost derailed Miami's effort to force a Game 7, but he also set the stage for Ray Allen's last-second heroics by drilling a three-pointer of his own with 20 seconds left and the Heat trailing by five.
With 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, James became only the third player in NBA history to post a triple-double in the finals while facing elimination, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, joining Bill Russell and James Worthy.
It's almost unfair to ask him to emulate that performance in Game 7, but that's part of the baggage that comes with being widely regarded as the best player in the world. He's either one game away from being 1-of-4 in the NBA Finals or a back-to-back champion.
If the Heat plan on winning the 2013 NBA championship on Thursday, James needs to unfurl a master class on both ends of the court for all 48 minutes.