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SAN ANTONIO - LeBron James should be used to the NBA Finals by now. Bryan Trottier Jersey . After five trips to the championship series in eight years, it would make sense if he had a been-there, done-that attitude when stepping onto the sports biggest stage. He doesnt. On Wednesday James took a seat inside a makeshift interview area, sneaked a quick glance at the NBA Finals signage that was off to his left side, and beamed like a kid in a candy store. Just a couple years removed from being ripped for not delivering in the moments that decide championships, James seems more comfortable in these surroundings than ever. "Im blessed, man," James said. "Thats all I can say." And then, without stopping, the four-time MVP said much more. "This is my fifth appearance in a finals," he continued. "Im blessed. I was a kid who watched so many finals appearances and, you know, watched Michael Jordan and watched Shaq and Kobe ... we watched throwback finals games. ... I just wished maybe I could see the finals verbiage behind me and be a part of this." His wishes come true again Thursday night, when James and the Miami Heat open these finals against the San Antonio Spurs, the NBAs first championship-series rematch since 1998. The Heat are going for a third straight title, the Spurs are trying for their fifth crown since 1999. If Miami wins, the perception will be James came through. If Miami loses, the perception will be he didnt do enough. James knows thats the reality. He doesnt mind. "I play for my teammates, our team, the city of Miami, my friends and family, and I gave it all for that," James said. "And at the end of the day, win, lose or draw, Im satisfied with that. I dont get involved in what people say about me and my legacy. I think its actually kind of stupid." By now, the story behind James rise to a champion is no secret. He left Cleveland in 2010 because he felt Miami gave him a better opportunity to win titles. In 2011, when Miami lost to Dallas in the final round, James said he was relying too much upon proving his doubters and naysayers wrong. So the next season, he vowed to play the game the way he had in the past. Championship No. 1 came in 2012, championship No. 2 came last season in an epic seven-game series against the Spurs, and now the shot at No. 3 is here. "Hes really taken his game to a whole other level," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "Obviously as an individual hes grown, as a man, both on and off the court from his own experiences. So I think hes done a phenomenal job. ... If I sit back and look from afar, hes done an unbelievable job under the microscope that hes been under since he was 16 years old of doing things his way and been very successful at doing them." If James is feeling pressure right now, it doesnt show publicly. Away from the public eye, though, teammates have marveled all season about how someone who makes more than $50 million a year in salary and endorsements is working perhaps harder than ever. "Nothing he does is normal," Heat forward Michael Beasley said. "He practices wearing a weight vest. Does that sound normal?" James spent the majority of his question-answering time Wednesday laughing or smiling. Off-stage, he joked with a few other people, chatting and seeming as relaxed as he would if this was the eve of a Heat-Spurs game in January, not one in June. The Spurs are worried about stopping James, they know that wont happen. "We understand LeBron is the best player in the league and just physically hes just a monster," San Antonio forward Tim Duncan said. In 2007, when the Spurs swept Cleveland, James was still learning. In 2011, he felt like he absolutely had to win, and failed to get it done. In 2012 and 2013, he just played the game the way he felt it needs to be played. And its no coincidence that its all fallen into place since. "Every time I come up here and talk to you guys or I do something, you know, very well on the basketball floor or off the floor, my city is rewarded by that," James said. "My family is rewarded by that, my friends are rewarded by that, the kids and all the kids in the world that look up to me are rewarded by that. Thats enough to get me by. Everything else is extra credit." Thomas Greiss Jersey . -- Stacy Lewis shot 7-under 65 to lead the LPGA Tour team to the championship of the 3Tour Challenge on Tuesday. Scott Mayfield Jersey . -- Its been 21 years since Joe Gibbs Racing celebrated its only Daytona 500 victory. http://www.nhlislandershockeystore.com/anthony-beauvillier-jersey/ . The 55th-ranked Istomin saved 11 of 14 break points to win in just over two hours, setting up a second round meeting with Australian Marinko Matosevic. It was the Uzbeks third win in three matches against fifth-seeded Kohlschreiber, the 2007 and 2012 tournament winner.NEW ORLEANS - Anthony Davis stepped to his right and blocked a direct path to the basket for Tim Duncan, who instead went up for a layup.Davis took over from there.The 6-foot-10 power forward blocked Duncans shot before tying up the ball, drawing loud cheers from the sold-out crowd. He finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in New Orleans 97-90 victory over slumping San Antonio on Friday night.Honestly, I didnt even think about it was Tim, Davis said. I was just in the moment playing basketball.The Pelicans earned consecutive wins over the Spurs for the first time in team history. They also won 100-99 in San Antonio on Nov. 8.Ryan Anderson scored 22 points for New Orleans (15-14), and Jrue Holiday added 15 points and seven assists.San Antonio played without point guard Tony Parker, who was sidelined by a lingering left hamstring strain. Parker played the previous two games, including Thursdays 114-106 loss to Oklahoma City, but coach Gregg Popovich said the injury is still a problem.Duncan had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs (18-13), and Cory Joseph also scored 20 points. San Antonio has dropped six of seven.The Pelicans led 48-44 at halftime, and Davis helped his team stay in front in the third. He had 10 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots in the period, including an emphatic rejection of a Manu Ginobili shot that bounced out of play.After the block on Duncan, Davis turned to the crowd and let out an emotional yell.The crowd was energized, we get energized, Anderson said. When you see that kind of effort from a player - especially youre best player - it rubs off. Pat LaFontaine Jersey. You want to give that same heart and that same effort. That was an incredible stretch right there. You dont see that very often.Davis rested at the start of the fourth quarter, and New Orleans reserves helped push the lead to 81-72 on Andersons jumper with 7:50 to go. John Salmons 3-pointer increased the Pelicans advantage to 12 with 5 1/2 minutes left.The Pelicans put the game out of reach on Davis third assist of the game in the final minute, a soft underhanded toss to Anderson, who finished the play off with a dunk.Hes an MVP candidate, Popovich said of Davis. Hes blossomed.New Orleans scored 20 points off of 17 San Antonio turnovers and outrebounded the Spurs by five. The Spurs picked up only one offensive rebound.Any time you hold a team with Tim Duncan on it to one offensive rebound, you feel like youve accomplished something, Pelicans coach Monty Williams said.TIP-INSSpurs: Marco Belinelli scored 13 points, and Ginobili finished with 12. ... San Antonio led 24-20 after one.Pelicans: New Orleans won for only the second time this season when it shoots a lower percentage than its opponent. The Pelicans shot 41.7 per cent from the field, compared to 49 per cent for the Spurs. The only other such win was against Utah on Nov. 22.BLOCKEDThe Pelicans are fourth in the NBA in blocked shots, averaging six per game. But the key number for New Orleans is seven. When the Pelicans have at least that many, including Friday against San Antonio, they are 10-0 this season.UP NEXTSpurs: Host Houston on Sunday night.Pelicans: Visit Chicago on Saturday night. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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