Video: LeBron James hits the dagger, falls into crowd
Playing on the road is never easy, especially against a team battling for one of the last playoff berths in their conference. That was exactly the situation the Cleveland Cavaliers faced when they went up against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. However, the Cavs had a distinct advantage on their end in the form of who’s widely considered the best player in the NBA today — LeBron James.
The King once again led the Wine and Gold’s charge, coming up clutch for them down the stretch. He made one tough basket after another, including a dagger fadeaway jumper with only 9.5 seconds left, before falling into the crowd seated near the sidelines of Pepsi Center.
LeBron James sinks the Nuggets with a ridiculous shot pic.twitter.com/WAentGWseT
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James outscored the entire Nuggets team in the last two minutes, 9-6, proving why he is a difference maker for the Cavs, and that he can deliver when his team needs him the most.
LeBron James outscored the Nuggets by himself in the final 2 minutes on Wednesday.
He went 4-4 from the field, with no other Cavalier attempting a shot. pic.twitter.com/AmdM5DlEKA
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He finished with another solid stat line of 39 points, eight rebounds, and 10 assists, with Larry Nance Jr. following up his career night on Monday with a huge double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds to go along with four steals. Rodney Hood chipped in 15 points of his own to help the Cavs win the highly-competitive matchup, 113-108.
The victory pushed the Northeast Ohio team’s record to 38-26, giving them more breathing room over the Washington Wizards, who are trying to catch them for third place in the Eastern Conference.
The Nuggets, on the other hand, received a bounce-back performance from Nikola Jokic, who recorded 36 points, to go along with 13 rebounds and six assists. Gary Harris supported him with 18 points, four rebounds and two assists of his own.