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LeBron’s game-winning layup at the overtime buzzer gives Heat Game 1 win over Pacers (VIDEO)

May 23, 2013, 12:28 AM EST

Paul George hit a big time shot at the end of regulation to get the Pacers to overtime, but once we got to the end of the extra session, LeBron James took his turn at the last-second heroics.

With the Heat trailing by one and 2.2 seconds remaining, James receives the inbounds pass and immediately bolts to the basket. It was poor judgment on the part of George to not make sure to stay in front of James there, and LeBron had a wide open lane to his left for an uncontested layup as time expired.

The obvious question afterward was to wonder why in the world Roy Hibbert was on the bench for that possession, especially after James had made a similar play with 10.8 seconds left and with Hibbert similarly sidelined by his coach’s decision.

Had Hibbert been there to protect the rim, it may have forced James to pass the ball to an open shooter (likely Chris Bosh) once Hibbert came over to help. And as solid of a shooter as Bosh is from the outside, his percentage is far lower than the 100 percent James shoots at the rim on an uncontested shot.

Frank Vogel will certainly have his reasons, but for now, he’ll shoulder the bulk of the blame for this one as the Heat took Game 1 from a Pacers team that had every chance to steal it.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - May 23, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Incredible! This game will be on ESPN Classic and NBATV for years to come. I feel like I aged several weeks just watching.

    • ProBasketballPundit - May 23, 2013 at 6:10 AM

      Why? Why must my comments be invisible to all?

  2. pantsfreezone - May 23, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    LeBron’s not clutch. Nah.

    Great win for the Heat. Refs tried to give the Pacers the game, Vogel said “No thanks.” LeBron goes “ZOINKS!”. 1-0 Heat.

    Greatest game one I’ve ever seen. Hope the rest of the series is all Heat blowouts. PEACE.

  3. waynegretsky77 - May 23, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    lebron hella lucky. THE Indiana coach is a retard for not playing Hibbert. spurs would never make that mistake heat fans. Any retard can score if a coach acts like a retard and takes their ownly big away away

    • miamatt - May 23, 2013 at 3:04 AM

      Wow, your comment is both illiterate and offensive to the developmentally disabled. Well done.

    • heat256 - May 23, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Before you go back to your normal routine of flinging your own feces around, take a sec and try and learn something about the game and how coaches try and counter the other coaches substitutions. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 23, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        The Pacers are the best defensive team in the NBA. Hands down.
        That allows them to NEVER play the match up game. Last night was no different.
        I fully expect them to not repeat that mistake the rest of the series.
        Go Pacers!

    • borderline1988 - May 23, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      ‘Lucky’.

      How about Paul George nailing a 30 foot jumper to send the game into overtime, then getting 3 FTs on a borderline call, down 2 with 2 seconds left? I’d argue the Heat were ‘unlucky’ to not be in a winning position at the end of both plays.

      Luck goes both ways. Credit the Heat for pulling this one out. Bosh had that great move to the hoop late in overtime…he needs to step up more.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 23, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        40 foot jumper…but who’s measuring?

  4. dolphindubs - May 23, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Free throws, Miami. Make them and you wouldnt of been in a situation where you needed a last-second score. Make. Your. Damn. Free. Throws.

    • borderline1988 - May 23, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      How many times have we seen Ray Allen go 1 for 2 late in a playoff game from the line? Maybe it’s just selective memory but I feel like I’ve seen it happen too many times.

  5. canehouse - May 23, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    CLUTCH!!! Not so clutch by Vogel… out smarted himself… we will never know. Refs were atrocious tonight… never let the game get fluid.

  6. waynegretsky77 - May 23, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    james gets an easy layup to end the game and he had an easy layup in an earlier play late in the game when vogel took hibbert out. the two easiest hoops james got were both with hibbert on the bench. unreal.

    • beachsidejames - May 23, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      If it was so easy why didn’t the pacers stop him?

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 23, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Perfect storm of $#!+ had to happen to get the Pacers this win.
    1. They played great
    2. LBJ & Bosh get in early foul trouble
    3. Battier and Zallrn can’t throw it in the ocean
    4. Allen misses a game clinching FT at end of OT
    5. George hits a 30 footer to send it to OT
    6. Wade fouls out on the phantomest of phantom fouls on a 3 pointer to gonup 1 with 2.2 left in OT.
    …..but ultimately…..

    7

  8. lemfaxx - May 23, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Wow!

  9. pistolpete0903 - May 23, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Again, why was Hibbert sitting on the bench for the final possession?
    Vogel has a lot of explaining to do.

    • fanofthegame79 - May 23, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Vogel explained why he did it. PJ Carlisimo agreed and so did Kurt Rambis. None of us know where Hibbert would have been if he were in the game. His replacement, Tyler Hansborough (spelling?) was over on Ray Allen in the corner – maybe Hibbert would have switched and had no chance to block the shot. This is on Paul George, not Vogel.

  10. angulocarlos1 - May 23, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    King James at his prime! let’s enjoy one of the best basketball players do his thing!

  11. jjones314 - May 23, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    A win’s a win. But Miami has to play better. All the turnovers and missed free-throws…

    I still say Indy in 5.

    • buffalowned - May 23, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      this guy said indy in 5 hahaha

    • fanofthegame79 - May 23, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Heat in 6. Book it.

  12. brokerhenry - May 23, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    This was a game we deserved to lose. We played so badly in this game that I could not believe I was watching the Miami Heat. It was expected that there would be a lack of flow in the first game as the Heat do not get going in the first game, and the Pacers were going to play tight. However, the level of sloppiness that I observed was uncharacteristic of the Miami Heat. We won this game ugly, but a win is a win. We need to come out and execute the free flowing game that the Heat are capable of. We had so many opportunities to blow this game open, but we did not. I am however heartened by the fact that the Heat are clearly not wilting against the Pacers. This is going to be one hell of a smash mouth series. I can’t wait.

    • fanofthegame79 - May 23, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      It was similar to the first game against the Bulls. We have to remember that that Heat had something like an 8-day lay off before this game. Heat in 6.

  13. 32magicman - May 23, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Wow. Lebron had to wait around to watch the replay on the big screen because he couldnt believe they didnt guard him up top or down low! Think air jordan woulda got single coverage on that play?!

  14. golfrangeman - May 23, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    That hockey dude needs to check himself in. This LeBron guy is just lucky 30-10-10 all luck. You need to pick a different sport if you really see how great this guy is.

  15. jimmerg31385 - May 23, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    can somebody answer the question of why sam young decides not to contest the layup at the last moment? Was he worried about getting into foul trouble with 0.5 seconds left in overtime?

  16. miamatt - May 23, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    Not clutch my a$$!

  17. adzs - May 23, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    Could swear at 00:18 George Hill says to David West ”You called it”; makes this play all the more frustrating for a Pacers sympathiser

  18. patfic15 - May 23, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Surprised he had time to find the rim in between his crying sessions with the refs.

  19. jbeagles23 - May 23, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Lebron gets hit more than anyone in he league.

  20. flyrocket31 - May 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    why didnt george foul him? or sam young could have contested him at the rim. make him shoot free throws instead of an easy layup. even without hibbert there was someone who could have challenged him or made him pass at least.

  21. doctordunkenstein - May 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    “From the Elias Sports Bureau: Since LeBron James 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.” Who would’ve thunk it? #clutch #mythbusters #themoreyouknow

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