Posted February 21, 2014

Video: LeBron James throws down poster dunk on Serge Ibaka, suffers bloody nose

Ben Golliver, LeBron James, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Serge Ibaka

Heat forward LeBron James suffered a bloody nose as he threw down a poster dunk over Thunder forward Serge Ibaka during Miami’s 103-81 victory in Oklahoma City on Thursday.

The four-time MVP took a shot to the face on the play and left the game after blood poured from his nose on the play. Although James did not return to the court, he reportedly passed a concussion test.

“He’s got a swollen nose right now,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It’s sore. We’ll reevaluate him when we get back to Miami.”

The carnage unfolded midway through the fourth quarter with Miami leading 88-74. James attacked the paint from the left angle, driving hard to his right to gain a step on Ibaka. Rising in the paint, James climbed the ladder over the top of Ibaka to finish a “throw dunk” before he appeared to absorb a hand to the face from Ibaka during his follow-through.

James immediately fell to the court on the baseline and looked face down at the hardwood as the blood poured. Play stopped shortly thereafter and he was attended to by his teammates and medical staffers.

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James finished with a game-high 33 points (on 15-for-22 shooting), seven rebounds, three assists and four steals in 33 minutes.

Dwyane Wade added 24 points (on 11-for-17 shooting), 10 assists and seven rebounds for Miami. Chris Bosh chipped in 24 points (on 6-for-9 shooting), eight rebounds and three assists.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with a team-high 28 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Russell Westbrook tallied 16 points (on 4-for-12 shooting) and five rebounds in his first game back from a knee surgery.

Miami improved to 39-14 with the win. Oklahoma City dropped to 43-13 with the loss.

The Heat’s next game is set for Friday against the Bulls in Miami.

28 comments
OK
OK

The Queen got a boo-boo.

Cry me a river. A Cuyahoga River.

TylerEdwards
TylerEdwards

I remember when they called traveling. I also remember that when someone dunked they at least touched the rim.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

I guess that's the price you pay for a blatant travel...

JohnG
JohnG

Is is a dunk if you don't touch the rim these days? Does every shot that goes in the hoop get a poster? 

JeffFreedman
JeffFreedman

When is the NBA going to crack down on opposing players who continually hard foul LeBron James and not get called for those fouls by the officials? If a player sneezed near Michael Jordan, the officials would call it. It's mind-boggling!

RoyDen
RoyDen

Learn to count it was two steps. You count 1,2,3 not 1,3. Hating is one thing but be accurate. Smh

wrreportinglive
wrreportinglive

Wow! Some stone silly haters on this board! 'Bron was fouled twice on the way to the hoop -- first by Ibaka -- who has a history of cheap shots on follow throughs -- and then by Westbrook -- and the third time when Ibaka keeps his hand reaching until he nails 'Bron! That was a three-point play. Ibaka should get a flagrant!

dgut19
dgut19

Can't believe he rolled around like a baby. Watch when Matt Bonner broke his nose. There is no reason Matt should be playing tougher than Lebron.

g354god
g354god

Jeez, my rec league ref coulda made that traveling call...

fartinton
fartinton

@Joebuckster +1 to you sir. People, he dribbled one time from nearly the 3 point line to the basket. 


Do you have kids in basketball? Are you teaching them to start 20 foot away from the hoop, tuck the ball under their arm like a running back and sprint to the basket? I hope you at least give them mouthpieces.


It was bad enough when they decided dribbling was optional for Jordan but at least he wasn't barreling through people like Larry Csonka.

dudedadesq
dudedadesq

@JeffFreedman First, that was NOT a hard foul.  Watch it.  Second, LeBron is the leagues biggest flopper.  Go to youtube and search LeBron flop....never, ever gets called for it.  He pushes and shoves and travels, but is never called, yet if you look at him, he complains.  The league has always protected the players that make them the big $$$.  Jordan changed the travel rule from a step and half to 2-3.  Now, you can take two steps, leap and land on two feet and that's not a travel (read the rule...shocking).  When I was a kid, that was 4 steps. In 15 years, no dribbling will be required...

DAJS6
DAJS6

@wrreportinglive  I agree,Lebron was fouled twice and it should have been a three-point play. And I agree that there is enough for the NBA to examine the play for a flagrant. Ibaka's hand was nowhere near the ball if he was really trying to block the shot. Ibaka is one of those fake tough guys in the NBA.

dudedadesq
dudedadesq

@dgut19 No doubt he got hurt and was bleeding, but he's a prima donna and embellished it a bit...

dudedadesq
dudedadesq

@cyberpacoThe rules changed with Jordan, because he took more than the 1.5 steps we grew up with, and it's gotten worse.  You can now take two steps, leap, land on two feet and it's not a travel (in my day, that was 4 steps).  Here's the rule:

Section XIV-Traveling
a. A player who receives the ball while standing still may pivot, using either foot as the pivot foot.
b. A player who receives the ball while he is progressing or upon completion of a dribble, may use a two-count rhythm in coming to a stop, passing or shooting the ball.
The first count occurs:
(1) As he receives the ball, if either foot is touching the floor at the time he receives it.
(2) As the foot touches the floor, or as both feet touch the floor simultane- ously after he receives the ball, if both feet are off the floor when he receives it.
The second occurs:
(1) After the count of one when either foot touches the floor, or both feet touch the floor simultaneously.
c. A player who comes to a stop on the count of one may pivot, using either foot as the pivot foot.
d. A player who comes to a stop on the count of two, with one foot in advance of the other, may pivot using only the rear foot as the pivot foot.
e. A player who comes to a stop on the count of two, with neither foot in advance of the other, may use either foot as the pivot foot.
f. In starting a dribble after (1) receiving the ball while standing still, or (2) coming to a legal stop, the ball must be out of the player's hand before the pivot foot is raised off the floor.
g. If a player, with the ball in his possession, raises his pivot foot off the floor, he must pass or shoot before his pivot foot returns to the floor. If he drops the ball while in the air, he may not be the first to touch the ball.
h. A player who falls to the floor while holding the ball, or while coming to a stop, may not gain an advantage by sliding.
i. A player who attempts a field goal may not be the first to touch the ball if it fails to touch the backboard, basket ring or another player.
PENALTY: Loss of ball. The ball is awarded to the opposing team at the sideline, nearest spot of the violation but no nearer the baseline than the foul line extended.

AllweGot
AllweGot

@cyberpaco His first step a gather step.  It doesnt count towards the two step rule.  Can't remember when they updated that rule to be what it is now but its relatively recent i think.

ArnoldRiveron
ArnoldRiveron

@dudedadesqHow it is that not a hard foul? ibaka whack lebron on the nose and he bleed afterwards. unfortunately you are a blind hater just like the nba and refs.

photocat
photocat

Those were two cheap shots delivered by Ibaka to Lebron James, the best player on the planet, one before going up, and one while at the apex of his dunk. Ibaka should be charged with a flagrant foul, fined, and sidelined for several games. These kinds of shots cheapen the game.

fartinton
fartinton

@AllweGot @cyberpacoWhat's the deal with people continually referring to a "new rule" that allows 3 steps? There's no such rule. It has been 2 steps for the entire history of the game. The only thing that has ever changed is they officially allow 2 steps on the gather from a pass instead of 2 although they've allowed it unofficially for years. 


I seriously don't get it. The entire essence of the game is that if you have the ball the only time you don't have to dribble while moving is the 2 steps toward the basket. I was taught this in grade school.