Heat’s LeBron James throws down reverse, double-clutch alley-oop dunk
By Ben Golliver
The Heat’s All-Star combination of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James have connected on so many alley-oops and even double alley-oops that they all start to run together after awhile. On Saturday, though, James threw down an extra special variety, extrapolating on the already high degree-of-difficulty that comes with an alley-oop finish by adding a double-clutch and doing it all in reverse.
With a little more than three minutes remaining in the first quarter of a 128-99 blowout win over the Kings at Sleep Train Arena, the Heat broke out in transition after saving a loose ball from going out of bounds on their own baseline. Wade led the two-on-one break against Kings guard Isaiah Thomas, lofting an underhanded scoop pass to the left side of the hoop as James came charging in with no defenders near him. James caught the pass in midair, brought the ball down to his waist, and then finished the play with a two-hand reverse dunk in one smooth motion.
While James still has some work to do to work his way into the “Greatest Player of All Time” debate, no one has ever made plays this difficult look this easy. It’s scary how nonchalant he is after a sequence like that.
James finished with 20 points, seven assists, five rebounds, five steals and two blocks on seven-for-10 shooting in 29 minutes. Wade added 11 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and four blocks in 25 minutes. Mario Chalmers led the Heat with 34 points. Thomas had 34 points in a losing effort for the Kings.