Photo: Ezra Shaw (Getty Images)

LeBron James turned in a heroic, 51-point performance in what came so close to becoming an incredible Game 1 victory for the Cavs. Instead, this might have been the worst night of LeBron’s basketball-playing life, with multiple tortuous twists combining for a nightmare loss.

None of us could possibly have any idea how it feels to be LeBron James, at any moment of his marvelous existence, but these photos from the game give us a window into his intensely tested soul.

Photo: Ezra Shaw (Getty Images)
Photo: Ezra Shaw (Getty Images)
Photo: Ezra Shaw (Getty Images)

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Photo: Ezra Shaw (Getty Images)
Photo: Ezra Shaw (Getty Images)
Photo: Ezra Shaw (Getty Images)

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Photo: Ben Margot (AP)

Look and despair, mortals.