He didn’t know it at the time, but LeBron James caked NBA fans’ living room walls with their exploded brains thanks to a move he pulled during his Cleveland Cavaliers’108-97 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.
Attempting to split two the league’s best defenders, Joel Embiid and Robert Covington, LeBron tossed the ball behind his back and through the legs of teammate Tristan Thompson, only to gather, absord contact from Dario Saric, and finish strong for an and-one.
Just watch the replay… 😳 pic.twitter.com/wl32SrA7sT
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 2, 2018
Yeah, that happened.
And LeBron didn’t even know it until halftime.
“It was planned for me to go behind my back; it was not planned to go between his legs,” LeBron said after the loss. “But some of the best alley-oops are some of the worst passes. … I didn’t know until halftime. One of my guys from the NBA showed me and I was like, ‘Okay, yeah, that’s probably one of the best plays I’ve had in my career.'”
LeBron on if he meant to nutmeg Tristan Thompson: pic.twitter.com/A7dAv9cn1z
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 2, 2018
LeBron was the lone bright spot in his squad’s loss to his newest rumored free-agent destination, scoring 30 points on 12-of-24 shooting to go with nine rebounds, eight assists, and one highlight the will prove inescapable for decades to come.