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5 stats that illustrate LeBron James' greatness in the 2015 NBA Finals

He might not be the MVP, but the King is proving once again that he is, unquestionably, the best player in the world.

SB Nation's 2015 NBA Finals Guide

So, it turns out this LeBron James guy is pretty good. He might not have won the MVP this year, but he's proven once again that he is the best player in the world.

Following their thrilling and "gritty" 95-93 Game 2 overtime win in Golden State, the Cavaliers are heading back to Cleveland tied at one in the NBA Finals. They've received some great performances from the others -- Matthew Dellavedova, Tristan Thompson, James Jones among them -- but they're overcoming season-ending injuries to two All Stars because LeBron James playing some of the best ball the league has ever seen.

He's averaging a ridiculous 41.5 points, 12 rebounds and 8.5 assists through two Finals games, and in Game 2 put up a triple-double of 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. But those numbers, incredible as they are, don't do his greatness justice. Here are five that do.

1. Only one other player in NBA history has had a triple-double in the Finals while scoring as many as 39 points

That player is the logo himself, Jerry West, who had 42 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists in a Game 7 defeat in the 1969 Finals (Stat via ESPN Stats & Info). On Sunday, James also became just the second player in NBA history to record game highs in points, rebounds and assists in a Finals game. Shaquille O'Neal also did it during the 2000 Finals.

A few more numbers:

  • There have been 10 35-point, eight-rebound, six-assist games in the NBA Finals since 1985. Two of them were recorded by LeBron James over the past four days.
  • LeBron now has five career Finals triple-doubles, trailing only Magic Johnson, who had eight.
  • Only West has scored more points through the first two games of a Finals series (94 in 1969) than the 83 LeBron has put up against the Warriors.

2. LeBron has a usage rate of 41.4 percent in the Finals

Usage rate is an estimate of the percentage of a team's possessions ended by a single player via a shot, drawn foul or turnover while he was on the floor. You can learn more about the math behind it here.

LeBron James is ending over 41 percent of his team's possessions in one of those three ways. The highest usage rate ever recorded in the regular season is 38.74, by Kobe Bryant during the 2005-06 season. The highest ever recorded during the playoffs is 39.13, by Tony Parker during the 2009 playoffs. (The Spurs were knocked out in the first round that season by the Mavericks, in five games.)

During the regular season, LeBron's usage rate was 32.4 percent. The regular-season leader this year was Russell Westbrook, at 38.37. Prior to this season, the highest postseason usage rate LeBron's ever recorded was during the 2009 playoffs, when he ended 36.4 percent of Cleveland's possessions.

That should put into perspective how insane a 41.4-percent mark is.

3. LeBron is averaging 36.5 shots per game

These last two numbers tell you everything you need to know about the Cavaliers' offense. Give the ball to LeBron is the entire game plan. This number of 36.5 is nearly double the 18.5 shots a game LeBron attempted during the regular season. The most shots LeBron's ever averaged per game during the playoffs is 23.6, and that was way back in 2006.

The guy we've seen the past two games is a different player than the one we've been watching over the past decade.

4. LeBron is averaging 48.1 minutes per game

Not much context needed here. A regulation NBA game has 48 minutes. The Cavaliers and Warriors have played two overtime games this series, meaning there has been a total of 106 minutes played. LeBron has been on the floor for 96 of them, so forgive him if the field goal percentage of 40 percent isn't the most efficient number. That the dude is still able to walk this morning is a miracle itself.

5. LeBron has won nine straight Game 2s with his team trailing 1-0

This stat is the most telling of all. It's not always pretty -- Sunday night certainly wasn't -- but when his team needs him most, LeBron just knows how to get things done.

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