The Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated a narrow victory this past weekend, with a two-point win over the Brooklyn Nets. And it was all thanks to Lebron James, who sank a running hook shot with just under two seconds left on the clock at the end of the fourth quarter. With the game tied at 88-88 just a few seconds earlier, it was James’ move that ultimately led to the Cavs’ win.
Everyone who watched Saturday night’s game saw that Lebron James saved the day, and he wasted no time in sharing his clutch move yet again with his 15.7 million Instagram followers. James uploaded a video of that point in the game, but the clip switches to slow-motion during the part where he actually takes the shot, so you can see every detail of his one-legged jump and how the ball soars over the Nets’ seven-foot center, Brook Lopez, to land right in net.
In the caption, James credited his friend “Rey J” for getting on his back about taking more of these shots, calling the video “classic.” He also used the opportunity to toot his own horn a little, writing, “By the way ya’ll see my bird fly by to make sure it was on line on target! [sic]” (If you look closely in the video, you can actually see a bird fly past the net right before the ball goes in.)
My good friend in Miami Rey J used to always get on me about not taking more of these shots. Guess I had u in my thoughts. This vid is classic! S/O to whoever captured this last night. By the way ya’ll see my bird fly by to make sure it was on line on target! #GameWinner #HookEMHome #StriveForGreatness
James’ video has since been liked over 222,000 times and garnered thousands of comments from adoring fans who praised the player for his skills.
However, James didn’t take all the credit for his game-winning shot—he also praised Cavaliers power forward/center Tristan Thompson for helping to set it up. “Double-T set a hell of a screen and I tried to get a good look and I was able to do that,” James said after the game, adding that having the ability to make different kinds of shots is what ultimately led to their victory.