On Sunday night, he needed Kyle Korver's 3-point shooting to put him in position to extend his reign.
The two combined for all of Cleveland's points in a late 10-2 run, helping the Cavaliers to a 104-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers to even the series at 2.
James drew boos from the crowd after flipping the ball up the court to run out the clock.
This one looked and felt a lot like the three previous games — tough and physical down to a confusing sequence in the final seconds when Lance Stephenson was whistled for wrestling Jeff Green to the court while hoping for a jump ball.
And without those two 3s, James knew he might have been staring at a 3-1 deficit at the earliest stage of the playoffs in his career.
Despite having seven players score in double figures, making more baskets, grabbing more offensive rebounds and matching Cleveland's 12 3s, Indiana missed six of its last eight shots.
Cavaliers: "We came on the road in a hostile environment and got a big win after a letdown in the last game," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.
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