Video: Heat’s LeBron James sinks game-winning jumper against Magic
LeBron James knocked down a game-winning jumper to give Miami a 101-99 home victory over Orlando on Saturday.
We’ve seen so many dramatic shots and play from James over the years that this one almost qualifies as ho-hum.
With the score tied at 99 and less than 20 seconds remaining, James receiving an inbounds pass at the top of the key. He proceeded to milk the clock for nearly 10 seconds as he sized up Arron Afflalo. Using one dribble going to his left, James set up a stop-and-pop jumper from just behind the free-throw line, which he knocked down with 15.1 seconds remaining.
The Magic couldn’t get two attempts to go on the other end, leaving James’ jumper to stand as the winner.
The Sun-Sentinel reported that both coach Erik Spoelstra and James said Miami could have done better with the possession that resulted in James’ game-winner.
“We actually didn’t execute that sidelines out of bounds well,” Spoelstra said of the play that delivered James’ game-winner. ” But it helps to have LeBron James.”
“The play wasn’t executed the best,” James said of his game-winner. “They kind of read what we were going to do. I was able just to pop free.”
This is the second game-winner for James against the Magic in 2013. Back in March, during Miami’s 27-game winning streak, James hit a running lay-up to put the Heat over the top.
James finished with 22 points (on 7-for-13 shooting), nine rebounds and seven assists in 38 minutes. Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 27 points (on 9-for-16 shooting) and dished four assists.
Glen Davis scored a team-high 20 points (on 7-for-13 shooting) and grabbed five rebounds for the Magic.
Miami improved to 10-3 with the win; Orlando dropped to 4-8 with the loss.