As the Golden State Warriors are always capable of doing, they shot themselves back into the game against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. Trailing by 11 points at the half, Stephen Curry led the charge for Golden State to take a 110-108 lead with 14.6 second remaining. That was too much time for LeBron James.
Fresh off claiming that he belongs on the NBA’s Mount Rushmore of all-time greats, LeBron went iso to the left wing, pulled up for a fadeaway three-point jumper, and knocked it down in a display of icy goodness with the clock reading 0.1 seconds. The three was effectively the game-winner, giving the Heat the 111-110 win over Golden State.
The game-winning shot was clearly the best of LeBron’s highlights on the night, but it was hardly his only one. James finished the night with 36 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and two steals in 42 minutes while shooting 14-26 from the floor, 4-8 from three, and turning the ball over only twice.
Curry had himself a nice night for the Warriors, putting up 29 points, seven assists and five boards on 8-14 shooting and perfect 4-4 shooting from downtown, but his performance was clearly overshadowed by James’ dominance.
Since the reports of LeBron naming his Mount Rushmore and saying that he’s going to be one of the four best to ever play the game, James has done nothing but back up his claim. On Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns, James put up 37 points, nine rebounds, three assists and five steals on 12-22 shooting. He then followed that up with his masterful and clutch performance against Golden State.
There are always going to be people who contend your point when you talk about all-time greats in this league. However, LeBron’s confident assertion is one that, whether you like it or not, seems to be coming to fruition as he only continues to garner trophies and wow the masses.