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James hits one-handed bank shot at buzzer, lifts Cavs to 105-103 victory; Three takeaways

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.

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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