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Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013 | 12:05 PM

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LeBron James, centre, has three NBA Game 7s under his belt, but has only been on the winning side once, in this game against the Boston Celtics in 2012. (File/Getty Images) LeBron James, centre, has three NBA Game 7s under his belt, but has only been on the winning side once, in this game against the Boston Celtics in 2012. (File/Getty Images)

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Monday night's game at American Airlines Arena will mark the fourth Game 7 in the career of LeBron James. What better time to look back at how the reigning NBA MVP has performed under the intense spotlight in do-or-die scenarios?
Monday night's game at American Airlines Arena will mark the fourth Game 7 in the career of LeBron James.

What better time to look back at how the reigning NBA MVP has performed under the intense spotlight in do-or-die scenarios?

Game 7: Eastern Conference semifinals
May 21, 2006
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons


LeBron's line: 27 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal.
Result: Pistons 79, Cavaliers 61.

LeBron's first Game 7 would be unsuccessful, but the next season when his Cavs faced the Pistons, he helped dispatch them in six games, partially because of his big Game 5 performance.

Game 7: Eastern Conference semifinals

May 18, 2008
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics




LeBron's line: 45 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals.
Result: Celtics 97, Cavaliers 92.

Another Herculean effort for naught, as LBJ put up nearly half of Cleveland's points. Like it was with the Pistons, James would get his revenge against the team that ousted him in Game 7, but it took a change of teams and four years before it would happen.

Game 7: Eastern Conference finals
June 9, 2012
Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat




LeBron's line: 31 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block.
Result: Heat 101, Celtics 88.

Finally, success in Game 7. The Heat were up 2-0 in the series before dropping the next three, adding much more suspense than there ought to have been. But LeBron poured in 45 points in a must-win Game 6 in Boston, and followed that up with a big Game 7 performance to put his team in the Finals for the second straight year. LeBron and the Heat would go on to beat Oklahoma City in the Finals for his first title with the Heat.

What are your predictions for Monday's game? Will LeBron get up to a 2-2 record, or will the Pacers hand him another Game 7 disappointment?

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