Video: LeBron James bounces ball off Giannis Antetokounmpo’s back for a 3-pointer
On Tuesday night, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers squared off against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks inside the BMO Harris Bradley Center, resulting in a 119-116 win for the home team.
The Cavs led at the end of the first quarter, 34-30. However, in the second half, they found themselves trailing by quite a wide margin. Despite a valiant fourth quarter effort, Cleveland was unable to overcome the deficit.
“They shot the heck out of the ball in the first half,” James said during his post-game media availability.
With just over five seconds showing on the game clock, LeBron James pulled off a sneaky trick while in-bounding the ball — a move that Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird once executed. Antetokounpo, who finished Tuesday night’s game with 27 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists, had his back turned to James during the play. After surveying the floor for an open man, the King actually bounced the ball off of Giannis’ back, retrieved it, then proceeded to knock down a 3-pointer, bringing the Cavs within two points.
In his 34 minutes of action in Tuesday night’s loss to the Bucks, James, now 32 years of age and in his 15th season of NBA service, turned in 39 points on 14-22 shooting from the field (6-of-11 from beyond the arc), seven assists, three steals, and two blocks.
LeBron James and the Cavs, winners in 18 of their last 20 games, will be back in action on Thursday night when they host the Chicago Bulls inside Quicken Loans Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with Fox Sports Ohio having live broadcast coverage.