LeBron James delivered another incredible moment on Wednesday night, leading his Cleveland Cavaliers to victory over the Indiana Pacers with a three-point buzzer-beater in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
The shot, launched with just 1.5 seconds left on the clock, broke a tie in Game 5, giving the Cavs a 98-95 win and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
In a huddle just before that shot, James told his teammates exactly what to do.
“Just give me the ball,” he told them. “Give me the ball. They had a foul to give, so I wanted to go quick so they couldn’t give up that foul, because we had no more timeouts. So I was able to turn and get to my spot.”
Moments earlier, he helped save the game in another way with this block:
James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in 42 minutes.
The shot was reminiscent of a similar moment nearly a decade ago, when King James sank a three-point buzzer-beater in the 2009 playoffs against the Orlando Magic:
Pacers fans looking for a little consolation can note that the Magic came back to win that series.
Game 6 is on Friday night in Indiana.