Gordon Hayward’s buzzer beater eerily similar to another Jazz winner vs. LeBron, Cavs
As much as things change in nearly five years, they can still remain oddly the same.
Take Wednesday night in Utah when LeBron James suited up in a Cleveland No. 23 uniform and his Cavaliers were done in by a game-winning shot as time expired.
The Jazz spoiler this time was Gordon Hayward, who hit a three from the right elbow.
Rewind now to Jan. 14, 2010 when LeBron James, in what would be the last season of his first stint in Cleveland, and the Cavs fell victim to a game-winner by Sundiata Gaines, a journeyman guard who averaged just more than six minutes a game that season with the Jazz.
Right elbow, three-pointer, same side of the court, at the buzzer – the similarities are uncanny, as folks on Twitter recollected.
GORDON HAYWARD IS THE NEW SUNDIATA GAINES!!! Buzzer-beater. Jazz win 102-100. WOW!
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) November 6, 2014
That's deja vu! Last time LeBron visited Utah as a Cav, Sundiata Gaines hit a game winner from the same spot.
— Zack Lamb (@zc_lamb) November 6, 2014
— Zach Payne (@zacharias_payne) November 6, 2014
Gordon Hayward has the second best Utah game winner against Lebron #SundiataGaines
— Eric Phillips (@ephillipsTU52) November 6, 2014
Hayward, a guy who averaged nearly 20 points a game last season and earned a max contract this offseason, is of course a much more valuable chip to the Jazz than Gaines, an undrafted signee, was. However, ice water in the veins is ice water in the veins – and Gaines’ celebration was simply sublime that night.