If I were to tell you that LeBron James hit the first game-winning 3-pointer of his career in the regular season, you probably wouldn’t believe me. Not only did James do that against the Golden State Warriors last night, it was just the seventh time James has made a game-winning shot to beat the buzzer. Only two of those times were while he was in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform.
James had the hot hand right from tip-off, and finished the night with 36 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. This was coupled with 14-of-26 shooting from the field (54 percent) and 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc (66 percent). These are ridiculously efficient numbers, especially from a small forward.
The fact that James chose to ignore a timeout called by Erik Spoelstra and let the clock run down till there was one second left before releasing his shot proves how confident he was in his game last night. On a night when Wade was once again absent, James took over the game and dominated, just like the greatest player on the planet is supposed to do.
The continued elevation of King James’s game recently has been due to both Dwyane Wade sitting on a semi-regular basis and the recent domination of another small forward out in the West, Kevin Durant. Over the last five games, James has averaged 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists on 50 percent shooting from the field. The Miami Heat have only lost one of these last five games.
This is all happening while Miami’s second-best player in Wade is riding the pine. James has decided to start dominating the league again, and everyone better watch out.