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LeBron James sticks game-winner against Orlando Magic (VIDEO)

Nov 24, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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Well, this was almost unfair.

The Orlando Magic had played really well in Glen Davis‘ first game back since his season-ending injury last year, and they were in a good position to pull off an upset over the Heat. They had played well enough, and you can even say they deserved to win.

But then LeBron James happened.

Arron Afflalo is a really good defender, but if LeBron James gets the ball at 20-feet, smack dab in the middle of the floor, against no help defense and a defender much smaller than him? Good luck. James made this look easy, because it was.

If this happened three or four years ago, it would be a big deal. People would scream at each other and say things like, “he can’t do it when it matters!” and it would go back and forth. But now? It’s just a good move and a good shot by the league’s best player .

  1. mimaiheatdynasty - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    I love the “Nick Van Axel” taunt afterwards. PushEmDown.

    • apkyletexas - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      Well, I guess this completes Lebron’s Hall of Fame career.

      What a showboating idiot. Enjoy looking up at the Pacers all year, pal.

      • jimeejohnson - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        You mad, bro?

      • antistratfordian - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        The Pacers may no longer be the top team in the East by the time the Heat and the Pacers play on December 10. Their upcoming schedule is pretty ruthless.

  2. belleby123 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    I’ve got an idea: “antistratfordian” keeps telling me that the Heat are a great team with a great coach, but the only time I ever hear anything about someone sticking the game winner it’s LeBron. Maybe the real news would be the one time in a thousand when another Heat player hits the game winner.

    • phintasm - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Someone like Ray Allen perhaps? You don’t watch much basketball, do you?

      • belleby123 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM

        I saw Ray Allen hit a winning three in one of the playoff games. I’m sure you have several other examples, right?

      • robones - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        “I saw Ray Allen hit a winning three in ONE OF THE PLAYOFF GAMES. I’m sure you have several other examples, right?”

        LMAO! you just answered his question bro! Watch another sport man seriously.

    • renbidoni - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      You must be confused lil homie, Dwyane Wade had 27 points in that game. The shot from LeBron made this site because it was a good video. But the Heat are a team, doesn’t matter who hits the game winner.

      • belleby123 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        Weird, because I thought the shot that gives your team the lead before time expires matters the most. Go figure.

    • miamatt - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      How funny that things have come around to the point that somebody actually tries to take a shot at the Heat by saying that it’s always LeBron “sticking the game winner”!

      LOL, tough times in Troll County, I suppose.

      • belleby123 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        What part of “without LeBron the Heat has no team” is confusing for you?

    • antistratfordian - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Last year Ray Allen hit three game winners. Chris Bosh made a glorious game winning three against the Spurs when Wade and LeBron were out.

      • belleby123 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        Without LeBron the Heat would be the Cleveland Cavaliers without LeBron. In my opinion.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        That’s fine. It’s good for LeBron’s legacy if there are people out there who think that.

        There are others out there (like Michael Jordan) who have compared Wade and Bosh to Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. No, they’re not Magic and Bird – but they’re not Anthony Parker and Anderson Varejao either. The truth is somewhere in between.

      • belleby123 - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        Yeah. Jordan’s responsible for Charlotte Bobcats. Need I go on?

  3. jzone954 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Wouldn’t a great coach design the play for his best player to take the last shot? 😳

  4. thetruthcampaign - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Lebron haters have 0 to say anymore. There’s nothing more that can be said.

    • belleby123 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      Now this is queer: I say LeBron always hits the game winners, and suddenly there is a chorus of whiners saying there is “LeBron hating” going on. Will you guys please stop trying to share brain cells?

  5. jzone954 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    They were actually loosing big in this game, regrouped , made adjustments , and won it in a clutch moment……that’s what a great team with a great player that’s coached by a great coach can do.

  6. gquesen - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    thetruthcampaign

    I totally agree, Lebron is incredible. It’s funny though, as Lebron gets better, the haters just keep on hating n’making excuses for his success. They just don’t do it publicly anymore because they realize how ridiculous they sound.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      When you have New Yawk losers with tiny little pea brains, you know they’re gonna continue to spread their ignortance (hate). Right, Cantun*a*s?

      • jimeejohnson - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        ignortance = ignorance
        Only a pea brain doesn’t edit.

  7. jzone954 - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    It’s gonna get to the point where people will say “he couldn’t of hit that with his left hand?”

  8. chicagofan - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    From LBJ haters perspective: They were tied with a weak Orlando team, which put far less pressure on LBJ than otherwise. He is a great player but beating this Orlando team–that they should have blown out– does not add to his resume.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      His game winner on the Bulls in game 5 of the 2011 ECF was much more impressive. But every game winner adds to a resume.

    • davidly - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      A resumé including: the total number of game-winners with a select itemization; even if this one won’t be itemized, it’ll be included in the total. So it counts.

      Of course, stat nerds can come up with all sorts of arcane specifics to make things appear more interesting, or certain players they hate (you a player hater, chicagofan?) appear less extraordinary. Others still–I know they exist–just marvel at the game.

    • belleby123 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      It reminds me of the “Seinfeld” episode where Kramer was taking a karate class and beating up on little kids.

  9. gquesen - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Chicagoan,

    First of all, not every game is going to be a blow out. Second, they did just that to Orlando a few nights back. I will say this, you at least admitted to being a hater and sound measured. But Lebron is right up there with the greats.

  10. antistratfordian - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    If this happened three or four years ago, it would be a big deal. People would scream at each other and say things like, “he can’t do it when it matters!”

    This has always been ridiculous. LeBron has been hitting game winners in the playoffs since his very first playoff series. He passed to Donyell Marshall once in the 2007 Finals and that became the only thing anyone remembered. Instantly forgotten was how he just ended an era in Detroit with an epic game winner in the 2007 ECF (finishing arguably the most clutch playoff performance in history).

    But, alas, every criticism of LeBron is amplified because he’s being held to higher standards than any other player in history. Comes with the territory when you’re The Chosen One.

  11. themagicfanguy - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    As a magic fan it was still a great game, both teams were playing really physical and the refs for the most part let them play. Was really happy to see Davis come back with such a good game. Afflalo, Oladipo, Moore, and Nicholson did good as well. Great game by the team, LBJ just made a good shot there at the end.

  12. leahcima1 - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    jimeejohnson do you notice that cantonjerkhole doesn’t come around any more? I’m glad, – he was such any easy target, so stupid, ignorant and full of himself, that I actually felt sorry for him.

  13. loungefly74 - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    when its all said and done….GOAT?

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