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LeBron James 20th Appearance On Cover Of SI

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MIAMI, FL - JUNE 20: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat poses for a portrait with the Larry O'Brien and the Finals MVP Trophy after defeating the San Antonio Spurs in Game Seven of the 2013 NBA Finals on June 20, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

MIAMI, FL – JUNE 20: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat poses for a portrait with the Larry O’Brien and the Finals MVP Trophy after defeating the San Antonio Spurs in Game Seven of the 2013 NBA Finals on June 20, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James says the jump shot that clinched the NBA title for the Miami Heat had him thinking about Michael Jordan’s iconic shot that wrapped up a championship for Chicago 15 years earlier.

James tells Sports Illustrated for a story released Wednesday that his shot with 27.9 seconds left in Game 7 of the NBA Finals “was an MJ moment.” Then he paused a moment and added, “It was an LJ moment.”

In an interview with SI, James says that he played through several injuries during the finals, and that his back, hamstring, ankle and elbows were all aching when the series was over.

James is on the cover of the magazine this week for the 20th time. The image is of him gazing down at the Larry O’Brien Trophy, with his reflection visible off the top of the gold ball.

(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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