Though it won’t go down in history as LeBron James‘ most famed pass to himself, in a vacuum, what the Cleveland Cavaliers star did on Tuesday night might have been more impressive than the alley-oop he threw to himself in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals.
You know, this one.
Anyway, against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, with the Cavs’ backs against the wall—down five with just under six seconds remaining—LeBron once again turned to himself in an attempt to crawl back against an opponent.
Inbounding in Milwaukee’s half of the floor, LeBron tossed a pass off Giannis’ back, gathered, and cashed a three-pointer to cut Milwaukee’s lead to two.
LeBron James inbounds it to himself off Giannis’ back, then splahes a CLUTCH three!
— NBA Buzz (@OfficialNBABuzz) December 20, 2017
Sweet play, but it unfortunately came too late as Milwaukee hung on to hand Cleveland just their second loss in 20 games, 119-116.
After trailing by 20 in the fourth quarter, the Cavs mounted a comeback and led by one with just over a minute left thanks to this LeBron drive.
— NBA do Povo (@NBAdoPovo) December 20, 2017
But Giannis was too much. He finished with 27 points on 8-of-14 shooting with 14 rebounds, eight assists, and two steals.
He all but sealed it on this play, in which LeBron nearly made a game-breaking steal.
LeBron vs Giannis = Infinity War. pic.twitter.com/J9K6utLnod
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) December 20, 2017
“You’ve got to go get it. It’s who wants it more,” Giannis said of the play. “You’ve got to get get that ball. Especially at a time down the stretch like that you’ve got to dive for the ball, you’ve got to get that ball. There’s no way you can just leave that ball on the floor.”