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MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James has never been here before.
He’s been in nearly every imaginable situation everything over his nine seasons marked by three MVP awards, three trips to the NBA Finals with two teams and one decision that changed everything.
And now this: For the first time, he’s one win from a championship.
“I have a job to do,” James said Wednesday. “And my job is not done.”
The job might get done Thursday night, when the Miami Heat — up 3-1 in this title series — host the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the finals. Even after leaving Game 4 late with a cramp, James is on the cusp of finally becoming a champ. He was swept in his first finals trip in 2007, then he and the Heat fell in the 2011 title series in six games.
After countless ups and downs, the 804th game of his career may be the one that ends his title quest.
“I have no idea what I’ll say before we go out there,” said James, who got treatment against Wednesday but said soreness that followed the cramps in his left leg was easing. “It kind of just comes to me when I’m getting ready to go out there and stand on the floor. But hopefully whatever I say will inspire our guys to go out and give a good show.”
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