With the Miami Heat leading by 19 points, LeBron James made a move that figures to be one of the most memorable of the NBA finals this year, much to the chagrin of Tiago Splitter.
It certainly earned him plenty of endless loop love.
As Splitter rises toward the hoop on the play, so does James and, in the ensuing mano a mano, there really could be only one winner: James, who called himself “the last line of defense.”
“Basically I told myself, ‘You’ll end up on ‘SportsCenter’ where you’re going to get dunked on or you’re going to get a block,'” James said afterward. “Luckily, I was on the good side of the Top Ten and the Not Top 10.”
In Miami’s Game 1 loss, James had a double (with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists). In Sunday night’s Game 2 Miami victory, James had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. James wasn’t interested in figuring out exactly what either performance meant to the ultimate outcome.
“Whatever conclusion you want,” James said. “It’s a 1-1 series. That’s the only conclusion I know.”
And Splitter? How does it feel to be so soundly rejected?
“At least I know I’ll be in the news. I just tried to make a good play, but he’s a great player.”