CLEVELAND – LeBron James works on a variety of obscure shots when he practices, figuring out different ways he can add to his ever-growing arsenal of scoring weapons.
The four-time MVP pulled a new trick out of his bag at the buzzer on Saturday evening.
With eight seconds remaining in a tie game, James drove the full length of the court before crossing over his defender and knocking down a one-handed bank shot just before time expired, propelling the Cavaliers to a 105-103 victory over the Raptors in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Quicken Loans Arena. The game-winner was his second in the team’s last three home games, with a top-of-the-key three-pointer being the punishing blow against the Pacers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Cleveland has a 3-0 series lead over Toronto, a deficit that has never been overcome in NBA history.
James finished with 38 points on 14-of-26 shooting, six rebounds and seven assists, while Kevin Love chipped in 21 points, a game-high 16 rebounds and two assists. Kyle Korver and George Hill rounded out the production with 18 and 12 points respectively.