The Indiana Pacers thought they were going to win Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the Miami Heat. They thought that before the game, they thought that when the game went to overtime and they thought that with 2.2 seconds left in the game.
Then LeBron James reminded everyone in the world why he’s the best player in the NBA.
Indiana somehow tied the game on a bizarre series of events that saw Paul George lose the basketball, recover it and then get fouled shooting a three by Dwyane Wade. The foul was Wade’s sixth of the game and caused him to foul out of the game but that matter none to LeBron James. With 2.2 second left in the game, LeBron caused Paul George to over-commit on defense which opened up a lane paved in gold to the bucket — and he skipped all the way to Oz.
The easiest buzzer beater ever attempted is being blamed on the fact that Roy Hibbert was not on the court, which was the second of two baskets made by LeBron in the final seconds of the game that saw Hibbert on the bench. Frank Vogel is he subject of massive scrutiny at the moment for benching who he called the best rim defender in the league at a time he needed the rim defended.
But while it’s easy to hate on Vogel, who let’s not forget is an excellent coach, had Hibbert been on the court there’s no guarantee that he’d have been in LeBron’s way.
All that’s certain is LeBron James is the best player in the NBA and he put that talent on full display in Game 1 with his buzzer beater to propel Miami to a 1-0 series lead.