LeBron James has proven he is clutch — at least on this specific day he is.
With 2.2 seconds left and the Heat trailing by one, the King
stunned the Pacers by hitting a driving layup at the buzzer to give
the Heat a thrilling 103-102 overtime win in Game 1 of
the East finals on Wednesday.
Here’s the highlight you will be seeing on a loop until Game 2
But we all should have known that LBJ was due for something
special on this day. Four years ago to the day LeBron enjoyed his
signature clutch moment in the playoffs while with the Cavs. Take a
trip down memory lane.
Now that we’ve established that LBJ is not to be messed with on
May 22, let’s get back to his heroics on Wednesday night. LeBron
finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to record his
ninth career playoff triple-double.
All of this of course set Twitter ablaze.
LeBron James about to overload twitter. By the way, where are
all those haters from 2010?
While everyone else had their say, the man of the moment
reflected on the play.
But some curious decisions by Pacers coach Frank Vogel might
have contributed to LeBron’s coup de grace. During two critical
possessions, including the final play of the game, Vogel opted to
sit his 7-2 center Roy Hibbert. Both of those possessions ended in
layups by LeBron James.
Could Vogel have already forgotten Hibbert’s iconic block of
Carmelo Anthony’s dunk attempt in the Eastern Conference
Let’s remind him just in case.
But it sounds like Vogel might have learned from this
”I would say we would probably have him in next time,” Vogel
said of playing Hibbert.
Now that Vogel had his say, let’s take a look at what Twitter
thought of this coaching move.
“Whatever you guys do, don’t guard Lebron James” – Frank
But it wasn’t all bad for the Pacers. They did push the Heat to
overtime on a clutch shot by their All-Star — Paul George. With
the Pacers trailing by three late in the fourth quarter, George, who came in wearing this ensemble, heaved a
3-pointer from way beyond the arc to tie the score with 0.7 seconds
left in regulation.
As unforgettable as that play was for the Pacers, this moment
might stay with Indiana forward David West for a while. And he can
thank Heat backup point guard Norris Cole for the memory.
But in the end, it was LeBron’s night, even if his haters refuse
to believe so.
Remember when #LBJ stood for
Lyndon B. Johnson & not LeBron James? I swear, today’s