Opinion: With brilliant fourth quarter, LeBron James shows why he's in NBA Finals for 10th time

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SportsPulse: The Los Angeles Lakers are headed back to the NBA Finals after knocking off the Nuggets in Game 5, but LeBron James is not ready to celebrate anything yet.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — LeBron James watched last season’s playoffs from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, a hookah lounge and his home.

Every single playoff game.

“My wife didn’t like it, but she’ll be OK,” James said with a smile

It was the first time since 2006 James didn’t reach the playoffs, ending a streak of 13 consecutive postseason appearances and eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances.

If you didn’t think watching Golden State and Toronto play in the NBA Finals didn’t motivate James, you haven’t paid attention to his 2019-20 season.

More than 15 months after the Raptors defeated the Warriors for the championship, James is back in the Finals but for the first time with the Lakers.

In a closeout game with a chance to reach the Finals for the first time with the Lakers, James delivered a spectacular performance. His 27th career playoff triple-double – 38 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists – carried the Lakers to a 117-107 victory over the Denver Nuggets in…

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