LeBron James Hits Buzzer Beating Game Winner!!! Series Tied. »

May 23, 2009 at 12:08 am | lebron-jamesnba-basketball

LeBron James made a fadeaway 3-pointer over Orlando’s Hedo Turkoglu as the final horn sounded Friday night to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a 96-95 victory over the Orlando Magic that evened the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece. From 23 feet — matching his jersey number — James made a shot unlike any before in Cleveland history. Taking the inbounds pass from Mo Williams, James only had time to turn his shoulders toward the rim and fire. As the shot dropped in, James sprinted into the arms of his teammates as 20,562 stunned fans hugged in disbelief. The Cleveland Cavaliers needed a miracle. LeBron James delivered! Michael Jordan no longer has the most famous buzzer-beater in Cleveland sports history. The Shot has been topped. King James made one better. “You couldn’t hear anything but a roar,” James said. “Those fans deserved it. That was the biggest shot I’ve made in my career. We just couldn’t afford to go down 0-2, that’s just a great shot.”

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When LeBron was asked postgame if his shot evoked any memories of “The Shot” that heartbroken Cavalier fans remember all too well. “Well, that guy is not in the league anymore,” smiled James. “The other 2-three is on the good side now. That other 2-three is gone, so we don’t have to worry about that no more.” In 10 playoff games this year, LeBron James is averaging 34.7 points on .550 shooting, with 8.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game. LeBron now has 27 career 30-point games in the postseason (20-7). In two games against Orlando this postseason, James is averaging 42.0 points on .604 shooting, 5.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. LBJ became the third player in NBA playoff history to compile at least 300 points, 80 rebounds and 60 assists in the first 10 games of a single postseason (he has now done this twice).

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  • I’ WITNESSED THE MVP :shock: :shock:

  • 23xWITNESSx23

    That was probably the tightest shot i’ve ever seen! That was so friking awesome! Cavs chanpionship this year baby!

  • linlihao

    Lebron! Vin!
    my god!

  • cmb0912

    WITNESS MVP

  • Curtis J

    :mrgreen: woooooooooooooow that shot was way better than jordans game winning shot thats the best in history unless someone shoots from half court to win the game in the NBA I AM A WITNESS!!!!!!!!! BELIEVE THAT

  • AKOO

    Has to be the best shot i have ever seen since jordans shot on ehlo. He is the king.

  • Sensai216

    OMG!!! I was so sure we were going to lose…stupid me! Witness the King!

  • King james

    GO CAVS!! to NBA finals

  • xmendoza2

    :mrgreen: i was watching n i was watching and was disapointed till the final second :grin: :grin: it was WOW!!!

  • Afro_Angel_868

    a great player made a great shot it even beats the other best players shots in the buzzer beating history in an nba game and the winning shot is made by the nba’s mvp for this season if he could do that theres no doubt that he could get a championship. lebron james is lebron james a king is a king and winning is winning ;)

  • ENDs

    the shot was insane crazy ery bodys a witness!!!!!!!!! i thought they cavs had fallen asleep again till the KING came and hit on of the greatest shots in NBA history, im glad i recorded that 1!!!!!!!

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