VIDEO: Remembering When LeBron James Went Scorched Earth on Pistons 13 Years Ago Today

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James /

LeBron James will always do whatever it takes to win, even if it means putting the other four players on the court with him on his back. Through LeBron's first stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he had to carry weak lineups almost every year. Never was that more noticeable than in his performance in Game 5 in 2007.

LeBron did it all for the Cavaliers: pulling up from deep, crossing up defenders in isolation, and slashing to the basket off-ball. He is easily one of the most well-rounded offensive players of all-time and this performance puts it on full display.

LeBron ended up with 48 total points, and his 25 straight helped the Cavs close out the Detroit Pistons late on the road. The win gave the Cavs a 3-2 series lead headed into a Game 6 at home. Cleveland would defeat the Pistons in six, but were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the King's first NBA Finals appearance.

As a member of the Miami Heat, LBJ would go on to get his revenge on the Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals.

That level of unstoppable scoring is something that the NBA only sees in a player once a generation, and having it come from a 22-year-old is miraculous. As much as fans love the old and wise LeBron we see today, young King James was something to behold, too.