LeBron James says Game 2 of 2011 NBA Finals taught him to never relax

LeBron James, Jimmy Butler
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The Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James talked about what helps him keep his focus despite holding a comfortable lead during games.

The three-time NBA champion said it was because of his experience. As a game where his team blew a lead, he mentioned Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals between the Heat and Mavericks.

“The best teacher in life is experience. And I’ve experienced moments in my career Finals games where you had all the momentum in the world and you felt like you had the game under control and one play here, one play there could change the course of the series or change the course of the game,” James said after the Lakers’ win in Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals.

“One in particular that always rings home for me is Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in Miami versus Dallas. D-Wade hits a three right by their bench. I believe put us up either 13 or 17 and from that moment on Dallas went on a hell of a run and finished it off with a Dirk Nowitzki left hand layup to steal that game.”