Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  35 responses

LeBron James Wins Game 1 on Layup at the Buzzer (VIDEO)

The King comes up big in the clutch.

Unlike the previous series for the Indiana Pacers, Roy Hibbert was nowhere to be found during the game’s most pivotal moment, and LeBron James took full advantage. With 2 seconds remaining in overtime of Game 1, the NBA’s MVP waltzed in for a wide-open layup.

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  • shockexchange

    “The Kang” traveled. Hey, “If you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t tryin’.”

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    Since LeBron came into the league in 2003-04, nobody in the NBA has made more game-tying and go-ahead shots in the final 24 seconds of playoff games than LeBron, who is 7-of-16 on those shots. His 43.8 field goal percentage on those clutch shots ranks the best in the NBA since his rookie season among players with at least 10 attempts. The league average is 28.3 percent on those shots.

  • LLC#12

    Usually players wait til the season finishes to go travelling. Well, if you can get away with it…

  • D_Nuggets

    How about that play Eric Spoelstra drew up?! That was some tactical genius. He starts with three guys around the bucket and everyone cuts across to the three point line leaving the defense scrambled. Great coaching, great execution. And @ Shockexchange, No question. He did travel. But they’re not calling that. Would’ve been a great precedent if they had though.

  • two-fl

    Re-watch the play. Ya’ll hate is deeply ingrained if you call that a travel.

  • Roger Rogers

    rewatched, it is a travel. Thanks for solidifying the opinion.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I love the fact that he didn’t celebrate excessively. No chest pounding, no screaming at the top of his lungs, no jumping onto the scoers table. Just treated it like any other layup.

  • Caboose

    Usually I’d never whine about this kind of stuff but man, that’s an obvious travel. Pacers should have won that game.

  • Sizzle

    The Pacers must not have read the “LeBron Rules” huh shock? Now sit yao b*tch @ss down

  • shockexchange

    You’re right. According to “The Rules,” they should have double-teamed Bron before he could finish at the rim.

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  • LP @ThisisEther

    Stop it………………………

    Spoelstra did not draw that play up for a Lebron Layup…..that wasn’t tactical genius, it was a play to get lebron the ball……..LeBron just took advantage of Paul george’s bad angle on defense and simply layed the ball in…..Spoelstra even said that in the post-game press conference…..

  • shockexchange

    Mouf on mouf on mouf … you think that ____ cray. Get on the court with Shock … catch that “Ana Maaaaeeee!”

  • LP @ThisisEther

    are you talking about that quick first step? that is a travel never really noticed that…..but you can’t expect refs to call that at the end, and you cant blame that for taking a bad angle on D…

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Definitely a blatant travel, but it was hard for me to hate on it given how the Pacers took the lead.
    I’ve watched the Wade foul on George countless times and I can’t seem to find a good camera angle that displays Wade hitting George’s wrist. Steve Kerr’s argument is that George calls for the foul immediately, but most players do the same if they know their shot is way off.
    Not saying there was no foul, just saying it was questionable and a Pacers’ win off of those free throws would be just as unsettling for me.

  • shockexchange

    George took a bad angle, but he was anticipating The Kang to dribble the ball. If you watch the video, The Kang was past George before he took the first dribble. Paul George never stood a chance. And that’s why Naismith invented rules.

  • D_Nuggets

    Where did I say the play was designed to get LeBron a lay up? I’m talking about the space it created, which was the whole point of the play. And I saw the press conference too. Spoelstra litterally said the play was designed to “get him space and let a great player make a great play”…

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    LeBron did not travel…. Relax ppl He’s just great

  • Caboose


  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they let that travel go for the last 25 years. literally.

  • Ganchan

    When he catches the ball he uses his right foot as a pivot and then dribbles before he picks up his pivot foot. No travel from what I see.

  • z

    Exactly. Glad someone on here actually knows what he’s watching.

  • shockexchange

    He was “Running in place before he dribbled … If you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t tryin’.”

  • z

    The ball actually hit the ground before he picked that right foot up. Replay it in slow motion and you can see it. I don’t trust the basketball opinion of anyone who automatically shouts travel on a layup. Seems like u dudes are shouting travel for the sake of simply not wanting to jump on the Bron bandwagon. Just give credit where it’s due and keep it moving.

  • shockexchange

    Even it you think “the travel” call is a gray area, the players’ body language gives it away. George took a bad angle but thought he could recover once The Kang initiated a dribble. However, the dribble never came. After the lay up, The Kang had a guilty posture, as if he had gotten away with something. It’s that odd occurrence – sort of like a false start in track – where 9 guys are playing by the rule book and one guy isn’t. There is no way in h3ll that The Kang is that quick and Paul George that poor of a defender.

  • PDaddy

    Every player in the league makes this play. NBA players have always been allowed to take extra “half steps” and shift their feet around. The only reason LeBron is hated for it is because he is good enough and plays in enough meaningful games that people care to watch.

  • Coolio

    Every NBA player makes those same moves. The only difference is LeBron does it faster and stronger than everyone else.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Whatever play you’re talking about, it wasn’t tactical genius… It was a play to get him the ball….. That genius word can’t be thrown around….

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    screw the travel. I’m more upset with that 3 point shot foul for P. George. That was weak. Even the pacer’s announcer on the radio was like…. “I’m sorry but that was terrible”

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  • Not hatin just sayin

    No doubt a great play. But it was definitely a travel. His right foot was the pivot foot when he caught the ball. Before the ball touched the floor (dribble) his right foot was clearly lifted already. Isn’t that a travel?

  • pposse

    but leron doesnt do it faster, cause everyone notices right away and calls him out on it

  • Lan

    Travel or No travel. Paul George gave up the lane just like that.

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