The Chicago Bulls tossed around reigning MVP LeBron James Wednesday night at times like they were on the football field. In a game that was anything but soft, the Bulls cooled off the Miami Heat and put an end to their miraculous 27 game win streak.
What most viewers did not get a chance to see at the end of the game, however, was what one fan decided to do as James was passing through the tunnel on the way to the locker room. As the final buzzer sounded, the Heat left the court without shaking hands or speaking to anybody else. James, while passing through the tunnel, received what appears to be a smack in the head by a Bulls fan.
James took a step back and looked like he had words for the fan, but they weren’t able to be made out easily by the video. He continued to walk his way back to the locker room after snapping back at the fan.
James showed more frustration and emotion in last night’s contest than most are used to seeing out of him on a regular basis. It was justified as James and his teammates were on the verge of losing their grasp on history in the making, trailing the Bulls most of the game.
What his frustration showed more than anything is that this streak indeed mattered to James. He can say all he wants about being focused on just winning games, but in the end, he wanted this record. The great ones are not content with being average, and with history just around the corner, to have this tremendous winning streak put to death left James with a bad taste in his mouth.
In any event, the Bulls accomplished the improbable on a night where they played without four key players. Tom Thibodeau‘s team deserves to celebrate after this type of signature victory. James on the other hand, he may want to consider investing in a helmet in case of another road loss.