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LeBron James with game-winning lay-up, Chris Bosh preserves it with block (VIDEO)

Mar 25, 2014, 12:08 AM EDT

Miami needed a win and LeBron James was going to make sure they got it.

He came out gunning (15 first half shots) and behind him the Heat led most of the way against the Trail Blazers in the second half. Miami was up by 7 in the final two minutes… then gave it all away. That is why LeBron is frustrated.

It was a tie game when LeBron (after having some key late turnovers) made the driving lay-up over Robin Lopez to put the Heat up.

Then on the other end Chris Bosh saves the Heat from overtime with a block.

Not the prettiest of wins, but the Heat will take any win right now.

  1. casualcommenter - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Probably the best news for the Heat is that Greg Oden looked MUCH more comfortable this game than he did as recently as a week ago. His box score doesn’t stand out, but he altered a lot of shots on defense and both set some good screens and made some good cuts off the ball on offense.

    I was skeptical after I read that Spoelstra had decided to give him a prolonged run as a starter, but if he can give the Heat 10-15 minutes like he did in this game, he makes the Heat a lot deeper in their front-court. If Oden chips in 10 solid minutes, and Birdman can do 20 minutes, then Bosh only has to play center against guys like Roy Hibbert or Dwight Howard for under 20 minutes instead of 30+.

    We’ll see if Oden’s consistency improves over the next 4 weeks.

    • kb2408 - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      Yet, Miami still barely won…and Portland’s best player was out. Keep hope alive, my friend.

      • turnmymicup - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        Portland still has a good team without him. Damian Lillard is a beast and they have other players that step up when needed. Plus Wade didn’t even play. Win is a win.

      • kb2408 - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        Yep, a win is a win. But, even without Wade, Miami had another all-star in the lineup AND they were at home. But, like you said, a win is a win.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        Ask the Lakers about a win. They can’t tell you because they always lose.

      • antistratfordian - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        Well, it’s not like Miami was struggling against the Blazers the entire game. They were up 17 in the 4th quarter (would’ve been up 20 if a three didn’t rim out) and took their foot off the gas. That’s not really unusual.

        The game only got close very late after some bad fouls and lucky threes.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Worth noting that Portlandia is a really good show.

  3. kb2408 - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Meanwhile in OKC, the best player in the world is draining 28 footers to lead his team to victory!!

    • turnmymicup - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      A game winner is a game winner plain and simple. Don’t matter how its done.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      What are you going to do when Durant actually becomes accepted as the best player in the world? Will you register on 5 new blogs to talk crap about him and start calling Harden the best player in the world?

    • kclanton80 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Talk to me when KD does it in the playoffs. I seem to remember them putting out an amber alert for him last year when he disappeared against the grizzlies.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:15 PM

        Well… Durant averaged 31 points, 6 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1 block on 55% shooting in the finals. Does that not count as playoffs in the hater’s mind?

  4. turnmymicup - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Good way to finish the game. Seems like Bosh is getting more comfortable at playing the 4 again. Let Oden continue to start, loving his defensive presence to start games. No need to rush Wade back in rotation either. Its time for other players to wake up and get into a groove. Stlll have a lot to clean up but solid win.

  5. tampajoey - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Making a layup with 12 seconds left in a tied game can not be considered a clutch game winner. I’d give more props to Bosh for blocking the shot.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      Let me get this straight; with the game on the line, only one possession left, all 5 guys focused on you… beating all that and making a left handed shot over a 7-footer isn’t clutch? In your mind LeBron should have lobbied the scorer’s table to take a point off their total and asked for a 35 second shot clock so he could beat the buzzer… THAT would have been clutch.

      • tampajoey - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        Big difference between losing and going into overtime. Big difference between taking a shot with 12 seconds and 1 second left. Big difference between a layup and jump shot from the perimeter.

        Big difference between what Lebron did and a clutch game winning shot.

      • antistratfordian - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        @tampajoey

        There really is no difference between making a shot at 11 seconds and 1 second left. You can still lose or go into overtime in either scenario. For example, Miami lost early this year when Jeff Green hit a three with a fraction of a second left.

        What you’re really arguing is that only buzzer beaters are game winners. If that’s the case then Michael Jordan only has 7 game winning shots in his career instead of the 25 he’s known for.

        You’re also arguing that Jordan’s finals game winner in 1998 vs the Jazz isn’t a game winner either, since that came at 6 seconds instead of 1 second.

        Also, a layup is a more intelligent shot than a jump shot in that situation. If you can get to the rim, you should – if you don’t make the basket you still might get fouled. LeBron has made his fair share of game winners by jump shot, in any case.

    • antistratfordian - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Traditionally, the final go ahead basket under 24 seconds is normally considered a game winner. That’s how most people keep game winning shot statistics.

      Michael Jordan’s famous game winning shot in college came at 16 seconds. As Sports Illustrated put it: “Michael Jordan sank the game-winning shot for North Carolina in the 1982 National Championship game.”

  6. rodge1 - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    @kb2408

    Meanwhile in LA, Kobe continues to cripple the salary cap and criticize his teammates without playing a minute as the Laker fans justify his salary.

    • kb2408 - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      And don’t forget to add he’s still 3 up on LBJ in the most important stat, RINGS.

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Diva Wade isn’t exactly cap friendly for your team. What is he making a half million per game? $100,000 a flop?

    • money2long - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      What does this have to do with what kb said ?

  7. rodge1 - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    @kb2408
    Laker fans always live in the past. What’s Kobe winning this year?… Nothing… What’s Kobe winning next year?… Nothing… What’s Kobe winning ever again?… Nothing

  8. rodge1 - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    @cantonbound13

    A Knicks’ fan talking about cap-friendly! LMAO!!!… How’s that Carmelo trade working out?… How’s that Bargnani trade working out?… How’s that Stoudemire contract treating you?… How’s the JR Smith signing working for NY?… LMAO!!!

    • reesesteel23 - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      ^^^ LOL!

  9. reesesteel23 - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Lol you Lebron haters efforts are at an all time low. It was the shot that won the game, therefore, it was the game winning shot. Rocket science, I know.

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