LeBron James and the Cavaliers were facing the possibility of heading back to Cleveland with a 3-1 series deficit to the Chicago Bulls, so James took matters into his own hands for the Cavs.
With the game tied at 84 and 1.5 seconds left, James retreated to the left corner, caught the inbound pass from Matthew Dellavedova, and hoisted a jumper that was nothing but net, giving the Cavs an 86-84 victory and knotting the series up at 2-2 as the two teams head back to Cleveland for Game 5.
James spoke to EPSN’s Lisa Salters after burying the game-winning jumper, and he told her that he told Dellavedova “get me the ball and I’ll win the game,” and he certainly delivered on his promise. James struggled with his shooting as he was only 10-of-30 from the field, but he stuffed the stat sheet with 25 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 blocks. He was there when his team needed him most, and he possibly saved them from a disappointing second round exit.
Those without allegiances to the Cavaliers or Bulls were treated to their third buzzer-beating, game-winning jumpshot of the weekend. First, Rose broke Cleveland’s hearts on Friday with his three-pointer off the glass, then Paul Pierce banked in a jumper to down the Hawks on Saturday. James was third to join the party on Sunday.
Game 5 is Tuesday in Cleveland.