BOSTON, MA - MAY 17: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on prior to Game One of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on May 17, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hate crime reported at home of LeBron James

LeBron James has a distraction to deal with just prior to the beginning of the NBA Finals.

TMZ reported Wednesday a home in Los Angeles owned by the Cleveland Cavaliers star was vandalized with a racial epithet:

…Someone spray painted the n-word on the front gate and detectives are now investigating, cops tell TMZ Sports.

Here’s what we know … multiple LAPD units and a neighborhood patrol vehicle responded to the home early Wednesday morning. We’re told the word was scrawled on the outer gate.

James, who maintains a home in Northeast Ohio, and the Cavaliers are set to face the Golden State Warriors in a rematch of the last two NBA Finals.

Game 1 is Thursday night.

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