It should’ve been LeBron James’ moment on Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs. Manu Ginobili left the door ajar for the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of the game, and it looked as if James and company were going to bully their way through for a thrilling home victory over the defending champs.
Ginobili missed a free-throw with 9.1 seconds left, and James began marching up the court with the ball as the Cavs trailed by two. Ginobili smartly harassed James immediately after he received the ball from Anderson Vareajo, and forced him into a behind-the-back dribble move which ultimately led to the costly turnover. Check out the unusual James sequence below.
That was heady defense by the Spurs, and an uncharacteristic turnover by James. Although the Spurs were surely elated to walk out of Cleveland victorious, fans were surely disappointed as they hoped for an exciting finish to what was a great and very competitive game.
James, who finished with 15 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds in the loss, shrugged off the blunder, stating after the game that he “wasn’t too worried about it.”
The Cavaliers (5-5,) and the Spurs (7-4) will both play road games Friday against Washington and Minnesota respectively.