LeBron's pregame text message sets Lakers' tone

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — LeBron James woke up from his pregame nap on Tuesday and included two words in a text to the Los Angeles Lakers‘ group chat that said it all: Must win.

“We see the message from our leader,” Anthony Davis said after the Lakers’ 102-96 Game 4 victory over the Miami Heat put them up 3-1 in the NBA Finals. “And he just left it at that.”

The outcome leaves L.A. just one win away from the championship, which would be the organization’s 17th — tying the Boston Celtics for the most all time — and James’ fourth, spread out over three different franchises.

James led the Lakers with 28 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists and overcame six turnovers — five of which were committed before halftime — to secure the game.

“I felt like for me, personally, this was one of the biggest games of my career,” said the 35-year-old James, the league’s all-time leader in playoff wins. “I just wanted to relay that message to my teammates, the type of zone I was in, the type of moment it was and the kind of team we were playing against.

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