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LeBron James drains game-winning three over Iguodala (VIDEO)

Feb 13, 2014, 2:33 AM EDT

It looked seconds before like Stephen Curry was going to be the hero — he drove the lane and got an and-1 lay-up that had the Golden State Warriors up by 2 with time running down.

But it’s still LeBron James‘ world.

I love that Eric Spoelstra didn’t call a timeout — if you have a veteran team you trust, let them run what they want to run. The Heat shooters all went to the arc and cleared out for LeBron, who had a very good defender in Andre Iguodala on him — but clearly the Warriors did not expect him to shoot from that far out. It wasn’t a good shot, really. Didn’t matter to LeBron.

If you’re going to put yourself on the NBA’s Mount Rushmore, you better hit shots like that.

  1. lifegoesonmyfriend - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:39 AM

    but clearly the Wizards did not expect him to shoot from that far out?

    It is the WARRIOIRS. On the other hand, the wizards lose with a drive from harden.

    • lifegoesonmyfriend - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      i mean warriors.

      • mannyfresh209 - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:18 AM

        Don’t worry, typos happen. Life goes on, my friend.

    • spthegr8 - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      GREAT shot by LeBron. BAD coaching by Mark Jackson. IMO, you don’t let the Best Player best you. Double him and get the ball outta his hands & make somebody else take that shot. Rio has to beat me or Battier. No disrespect to those guys but I don’t let him take that shot! Steph and LeBron were going @ it in the 4th. One of the best games I’ve seen this yr!!

      • spthegr8 - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:17 AM

        Best player *Beat you* myself and the auto spell on this iPad have not been on the same page the last cpl of posts!!

      • miamatt - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        In general, not a bad idea, though that strategy is also a recipe for an open Ray Allen three in the corner, or for Bosh in one of his spots. Pick your poison, I guess.

        Spoelstra choosing to let ‘em play also contributed, though you would hope the Warriors were prepared for that. Tough call for Mark Jackson to make either way.

      • spthegr8 - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        @matt
        Good point but I’d, dbl LeBron to get the ball outta his hand & deny ray the ball. Take my chances with Bosh or Rio, even tho they both played well last night! I just don’t believe in letting the best guy on the opposite team take the last shot.

      • spthegr8 - Feb 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        I like the celebration but what does it represent?? What does it mean??

      • casualcommenter - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        “I like the celebration but what does it represent?? What does it mean??”

        LeBron said in an interview that he credits the celebration to Nick Van Exel, formerly of the Lakers in the 1990’s.

      • spthegr8 - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        @caual
        Thanks. When I saw him do that last night I thought to myself, didn’t Nick the quick use to do that!!

  2. pantsfreezone - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:46 AM

    It was a good shot. It went in.

  3. fotydaze - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:51 AM

    Way to go Lebron, you made a game winner in a regular season game, you’ve now earned your rightful place as basketball’s greatest ever. Don’t forget to thank ray ray for that title last season

    • bjornreyes - Feb 13, 2014 at 4:51 AM

      LeBron actually hit a three before Ray hit one. So without LeBron’s three, Ray wouldn’t have been in the position to hit the shot that sent it into overtime.

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      fotydaze: yes he will continue to thank ray ray, d-wade, bosh, spoelstra, pat riley, chalmers, cole…see where im going with this? im listing the TEAM. without anyone of them last season we wouldnt have gotten to the finals and won…get over it man

    • bcb11 - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      A few years ago, a lot of people who think a lot like you decided to take an All-Star game in which James passed up on a last shot and hold it up as a shining example of his “unclutchness” ( yes, I know it’s not a word) and late-game failure. To look at a heavily contested game winner now, in the regular season, and say it doesn’t count because its regular season is the height of ignorance or hate, I can’t decide which: just skip the rhetoric and simply put “I don’t like LeBron James”.

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        Why not do what Cantonpeabrain does and make yourself look like a jealous hateful loser?

  4. anhdazman - Feb 13, 2014 at 4:31 AM

    I watched a lot of MJ growing up. That was like a MJ dagger shot.

    GSW had our best defender on Lebron. Fade away 3 pointer to win the game with .01 seconds left.

    You just got to tip your hat to your opponent, shake their hand and tell them good game. Hopefully we have what it takes in the West to see you guys in the Finals. (Yes, it’ll be down to the Heat or Pacers in the East)

  5. cantonbound13 - Feb 13, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    PEDs

    • leahcima1 - Feb 13, 2014 at 6:48 AM

      cantonjerk0 crawls out of his hole. Jerk0 can’t stand the truth. As the Knicks and Melo flounder like a fish out of water and lose another, King James makes his case for MVP # 5. Sorry Cantonjerk0 you’re still a loser. lol

      • fanofthegame79 - Feb 13, 2014 at 7:13 AM

        I’d be willing to be all I have that if LeBron played for the Knicks, Cantonbound13 would be Slupring his way to the arena (and this site) to praise him constantly.

      • cantonbound13 - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:41 AM

        Yawn

      • heat256 - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:57 AM

        Don’t bother with CantonCoward. As with all cowards, once challenged, he slinks away and asks mommy to kiss it and make it all better when the mean people made him cry.

      • leahcima1 - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        Actually Jerko’s (you don’t mind me using your nickname do you?) yawn was the most intelligent thing that has come out of his face since I’ve known him.

    • bjornreyes - Feb 13, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      Oh they (PED comments) are back. False alarm about the end of the world, people. My bad.

      • southbeachtalent - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        Seems like these New Yorkers like to Yawn while they’re getting pwned. Gutless…

  6. lenbias34pt - Feb 13, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    Great shot, but one might consider it took that very low % shot to beat a team that very well may not be a playoff team.

    Nice win on a back to back and yes without Wade……but who thinks Wade will be healthy for the 20 + playoff games?

    This heat team is damn good, but on a neutral court, the Pacers are the play. . . . . and if it comes to it, OKC will also be the favorite.

    • fanofthegame79 - Feb 13, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      That’s ok, OKC was favored when they played for the Championship a couple of seasons ago and we saw how that played out…

      • cheathamhouse1 - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:23 AM

        Nice comeback and true. Yet, the thing that worries me this season is their defense. It has it’s moments, but not quite as effective as before. In previous seasons, you could see that defensive machine turn ON…everybody working together to get those stops. I’m sure they will get that back by the playoffs…I hope.

      • fanofthegame79 - Feb 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        Thanks, house1. And you’re right, this season hasn’t been the same in a number of matrices, but their record right now is very similar to their records around this time of year in season past. It’s all about the playoffs. If the Heat goes on to win their third in a row, then the dialogue about this season will be “they were coasting until it mattered”. However, if they lose to the Pacers (or someone else), the dialogue turns into “they’re run is done and it’s time to break them up”.

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 13, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    EMMMMM
    VEEEEEE
    PEEEEEE

  8. cruzan80 - Feb 13, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    This is the most impressive shot I’ve seen LBJ hit since that 3 he had against the Magic in the playoffs some years back……it’s exactly the shot the Warriors & Igoudala wanted him to take but he made them pay for it.

    • bougin89 - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      Couldn’t agree more. If Lebron is going to get a last second shot for the game that is exactly the one you want him taking. He absolutely buried this one. Big time shot.

  9. buffalowned - Feb 13, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Lmao @ cantonbound. Before LeBron had championships he was overrated, not clutch, not a winner, no 4th quarter, can’t shoot, etc. And now that his dominance of the league has gone to an undeniable level for even his biggest critics, his knock on him is PED’s hahaha..oh and he’s a knicks fan. You live a sad life my friend.

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      I think you’re lying about him being you’re friend! He’s a peabrain loser from the land of feces; a pathetic punk who has nothing but hate and jealousy. A sad life, indeed.

  10. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Truly a great game. I would have felt the same no matter the outcome..by the way did chris bosh not flop when he got that rebound and Iggy “hit” him in the face? its the same play where battier had to leave the game to get stitches..

  11. unxpexted1 - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    This is why they need to just get read of almost all eastern conference televised games sans Miami vs Pacers. These West coast games are so entertaining. Miami can even be boring to watch sometimes when they place east opponents but this was just fun basketball last night. Just had that I had to stay up till 1 am. The brand of basketball being played overall in the west is just so much better yet the eventual champion (Miami or Pacers) will be from the East. Great great game. Thats basketball.

    • cheathamhouse1 - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Let me explain why: The west teams are entertaining because most of them are only focused on offensive. Everybody loves to watch offensive (three’s, dunks, etc.), but defense wins championships (steals, forcing bad shots, blocks, etc.). Don’t get me wrong, the east is weak, but there are really only 4 teams that play BOTH offense and defense CONSISTENTLY: Heat, Pacers, Thunder, Spurs. The rest make for good regular season “entertainment” as you put it.

      • unxpexted1 - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        I agree, that’s what makes the east exciting. But they also have better teams in general so the quality is better. I love watching the Memphis Grizzlies and Pacers play, and the Bulls when at full strength. It’s still quality basketball even though its defensive. Just unfortunate that the east just doesn’t have quality basketball teams so the play is just awful. That knicks vs Kings game, although close was atrocious to watch.

      • unxpexted1 - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:16 AM

        west*

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      unxpexted1 : Thank God youre not the new comish..there’s NO way im staying up to only watch western conference games..and i dont mind watching competitive basketball whether its east or west..

      • unxpexted1 - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        Tha’ts my problem, i HATE that i have to stay up that late to watch good basketball. I love basketball period, but unfortunately all the good basketball is out west.

        If you watch the TNT double headers, the first games are always boring then the late games are the exciting ones. Its just a disparity of good basketball between the east and west right now.

    • miamatt - Feb 13, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      I know. How great would it be if the Heat played in the West? And I’m a Heat fan saying this.

  12. kclanton80 - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Perfect way for Lebron to follow up the Mt rushmore story people are loosing their minds over. Every thing the haters claim he can’t do, he just goes and and does it.

    He cant shoot! He has no post game! He cant win a ring! He isn’t clutch! He needs wade! All proven wrong!!!!!!

    Oh well……. His hairline is just the worst. Haters need to shut up and enjoy the show.

  13. cantonbound13 - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    http://ajaythuraisingham.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/reasons-i-believe-lebron-james-uses-steroids/

    • miamatt - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Wow, is that really your defense for your viewpoint??? That blog/rant is maybe, I mean, MAYBE high school newspaper quality.

      Literally not one shred of anything resembling evidence. Absolutely no critical thinking. Just a rant, loosely based on some very general suppositions.

      Anybody over the age of 15 who buys into that at all ought to have any children in their care removed from the home, their driver’s license revoked, and their right to vote rescinded. Truly terrifying to behold.

      Now, I am actually going to give you the benefit of the doubt, CB13, and assume you are simply trolling per always. At least you are consistent on that, and I give you credit. But if that “article” is actually representative of your true viewpoint and thought process…. Damn. I mean…. just, damn.

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        You don’t mean “damn”; you mean “what a f+cking loser you are” Cantonpeabrain!

    • leahcima1 - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      I haven’t read this because cantonjerk0 has told others that he writes on blogs using a fake name to support his obsession with hate. So I ignore his bs. Once a loser always a loser, eh jerko. How are those Knicks doing. lol

      • cantonbound13 - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        Ignore his bs? This coming from the same loser/stalker that responds to all my comments?

  14. golfrangeman - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Canton idiot has LBJ ever failed a drug test NO has any player trainer or coach ever implied he took drugs NO has any person on this planet ever testified he took drugs NO. Your obsession with this guy is scary you Live eat and breathe LeBron. Why don’t you either get a life or crawl back in your hole and permanently seal it.

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      Second that. Go f+ck yourself!

  15. fotydaze - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    @thete

    I’ll get over it when he shuts his mouth about how great he is and just plays out his career without telling us that the jumper he hit in game 7 of last years finals was his MJ against the jazz moment. He’s really too great a player to be so insecure

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      I agree with you 100% and appreciate you not resorting to jealous, hateful LOSER tactics to try and make LeBron look bad. Instead, you hit the nail on the head: let your play speak for itself. He really is too GREAT a player to be that insecure.

      • leahcima1 - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        Ditto

    • ProBasketballPundit - Feb 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      I love guys like you who take everything a guy says out of context. LeBron doesn’t run a blog where he brags about himself and his accomplishments; rather, he’s hounded by reporters every day of his life and sometimes responds. And when he does he tells the truth. He’s the best player in the league and he knows it. Nothing wrong with that.

  16. ProBasketballPundit - Feb 13, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Why are so many of you calling this bad coaching or bad defense? Don’t be an idiot. A long, fading 3-point shot is exactly what you want. LeBron has missed that shot many times in his career… tonight he happened to make it.

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      exactly..the defense was great..but the shot was greater…I bet Mark Jackson would do the same thing every single time! defense couldnt get any better

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