LeBron James scores 49 points against the Nets, but isn’t happy about it


(Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

LeBron James proved he doesn’t need to be named MVP this season to be play like an MVP. The Heat star scored 49 points Monday night as Miami beat the Brooklyn Nets, 102-96, in Game 4. Sounds like a something to celebrate, right? Not for James. The basketball powerhouse was hoping to get to 50 — and he could have, but he missed a foul shot with just one second remaining in the game. He said afterward:

“That’s the first time I’ve been disappointed with myself in a win. It’s a free throw, and I hate missing free throws.”

James probably shouldn’t be so hard on himself, though. Besides carrying his whole team by tying his playoff record with 49 points, he also grabbed six rebounds and probably another movie deal.

But it was his teammate and professional photobomber Chris Bosh, who had the shot of the night. He sunk a three-pointer with 57 seconds to go that broke a tie with the Nets, thus making this famous GIF ever more meaningful.


(Via Kicks On Fire)

The Heat’s victory extended its series lead to 3-1 over Brooklyn. The two teams will meet next in Miami on Wednesday.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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