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LeBron’s painful final seconds in Houston: elbow to face, missed shot to tie

Mar 5, 2014, 1:37 AM EDT

LeBron James found the final seconds of Miami’s loss to Houston painful. It was a complete contrast with just the night before.

First on Tuesday night there was the play above — with 15 seconds left in the game and the Rockets up three James Harden tried to make an ill-advised pass ahead to Dwight Howard in the front court (the Heat were forced to foul and you pass to Howard?). The result was a turnover, but in the fight for the ball  Howard inadvertently elbowed LeBron in he face. I don’t care what color mask he’s wearing, that is going to hurt if your nose is broken. That’s what he told the Miami Herald.

“It feels like my nose is broken,” James joked after the game.

There had been a report on twitter that LeBron had re-broken his nose on that play, but that is not the case according to the team.

With the turnover Miami got a final shot, and you knew LeBron would take it. During the play Howard got switched on to LeBron after a screen — but that worked for Houston. LeBron could have driven by Howard for a lay up, but LeBron needed a three, and Howard is mobile and long and was able to contest the shot, a 25-foot three that did not fall. Again from the Herald:

“I felt like I had a good look. It was just a little long,” James said.

LeBron had 22 points on the night on 9-of-18 shooting, but was scoreless in the fourth quarter.
  1. shadowgamesshades - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    If Lebron didn’t miss that shot in the end, Harden would have been crucified for that pass. Dumb play Harden.

    • bjswoosh805 - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Yup, well good thing Howard played fantastic D on James then.

  2. chicagosports2014 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:45 AM


  3. campcouch - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:01 AM

    Bobcats…Rockets. Nique may have a point.

  4. chicagosports2014 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:21 AM

    yeah he shrinks when it’s a center down low!

    • miamatt - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      Like he has against Noah and the Bulls? Or Hibbert and the Pacers? Or Duncan and the Spurs? Just checking…

      • cantonbound13 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Hibberd, Noah & an old Tim Duncan aren’t exactly intimidating inside.

  5. davidly - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:35 AM

    The MVP race is gonna be hard to call and is far from over, but I think last night will weigh as much as Durant and LBJ’s head-to-heads when those making the pick look back over the season — not so much for the individual numbers, but that the their teams’ respective win and loss put Ok City ahead of Miami in the standings. Let’s just say there’ll be a lot to consider and I personally wouldn’t know who to pick. Frankly, I’d rather that Wade or Westbrook be given greater consideration.

  6. cantonbound13 - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:01 AM

    Back to reality, LeChoke

  7. rodge1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Back to the reality of still being the best in the game… Was a tough loss but the Knicks will suck for a looooooong time

  8. cantonbound13 - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    A rare appearance after a loss from Rodger Dodger. You might actually be growing a pair.

  9. cruzan80 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Said this yesterday on the Dominique Wilkins article. Teams WANT Lebron to take jumpers. Teams always give him the jump shot & try to take away the drive to the basket. If he gets hot & starts hiting form outside…you tip your hat & move on…..but if there is a shot you want him to take….its the jump shot….just like the one he took last night to tie the game.

  10. timb12 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Hey! Dwight Howard IS good for something after all!

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