Thursday, February 11, 2016

LeBron Finally Comes Fourth

LeBron James' is having some better fourth quarters than he did in last year's Finals.

LeBron Finally Comes Fourth


LeBron James has already scored more points in the fourth quarter of the first three games of the 2012 NBA Finals than he did in all six fourth quarters of the 2011 Finals.

He has also been to the foul line more times in every fourth quarter of these Finals than he did in the entire set of the six Finals final stanzas last season.

Here are his fourth-quarter totals through the first three games of the 2012 and 2011 Finals (Heat led by 2-1 in both instances):

Gms. 1-3   Min. FG   3FG FT   O/R   Ast   Stl   TO   BS   Pts.
2012   33:06   5-14 0-2   11-13 1/9 3 0 4 0 21
2011 34:16 3-11 0-5 3-  3 0/5 5 3 3 1 9


   2012   Min. FG   3FG FT   O/R   Ast   Stl   TO   BS   Pts.
Gm. 1    11:31   2-6 0-1   3-4 0/2 1 0 1 0 7
Gm. 2 9:35 1-4 0-1 4-4 0/3 2 0 1 0 6
Gm. 3 12:00 2-4 0-0 4-5 1/4 0 0 2 0 8
Gm. 1 12:00 2-4 0-1 1-1 0/3 0 0 0 0 5
Gm. 2 10:16 0-4 0-2 2-2 0/2 1 2 1 1 2
Gm. 3 12:00 1-3 0-2 0-0 0/0 4 1 2 0 2
Gm. 4 12:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0/2 1 0 2 0 0
Gm. 5 12:00 1-4 0-2 0-0 0/3 4 0 1 0 2
Gm. 6 9:30 3-5 1-2 0-0 1/1 1 0 1 0 7
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