Back in the 2015 NBA playoffs, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers played Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Partway through the series, it looked like the Bulls would come out on top and advance. They held a 2-1 series lead and had a prime chance of taking Game 4, too, and going up 3-1, as the game was tied with mere seconds remaining.
LeBron James ensured the Cavaliers wouldn’t go down 3-1, though. He hit a buzzer-beater jumper to give the Cavs the Game 4 win. And the Cavaliers ended up winning Games 5 and 6 to close out the Bulls and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they would play the Atlanta Hawks.
Recently, LeBron James took to Instagram to troll Bulls fans over his Game 4 buzzer-beater and the Cavs’ series win, per a tweet from Legion Hoops:
LeBron on IG 🥶 pic.twitter.com/EaJT4qZtmN
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) July 24, 2023
LeBron James, 38, has played 20 years in the NBA and spent his last five playing for the storied Los Angeles Lakers franchise. He averaged 28.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks, 3.2 turnovers, and 1.6 personal fouls per game across 55 appearances with the Lakers during the 2022-23 season (54 starts).
The Akron, Ohio native struggled to shoot the ball efficiently from behind the three-point arc in the 2022-23 campaign — LeBron James’ 32.1% three-point percentage was his lowest since the 2015-16 season, back when he was still a member of the Cavaliers.
If James didn’t nail that Game 4 buzzer-beater, the Cleveland Cavaliers could have very well lost that second-round series against the Chicago Bulls back in 2015. The Cavs ended up losing to the Golden State Warriors in the 2015 NBA Finals, but that doesn’t make James’ game-winner any less legendary.