• August 9, 2021

How I felt when LeBron James got the ball from Steph Curry – SI.com

LeBron James and his Cavaliers captured the NBA championship on Tuesday night, but the Heat’s superstar guard was left scratching his head after getting the ball in the second quarter. 

With just a minute to play, James was in position to dunk on a drive to the hoop by Miami’s Terrence Jones, but Curry went wide right and Jones’ throw to Curry ended the game. 

It was the fourth time in four games James has been denied the ball by a defense and the third time in the last three games he’s been denied by a defender. 

“That’s the one thing that really bugged me, that it was a team effort, it was Steph Curry’s ball,” James said. 

The Heat led the Warriors for much of the second half, but after Curry’s free throw, the Cavs went on a 16-5 run that gave them a commanding 73-63 lead. 

James had nine points in the final 3:04 of the game and scored 14 of his points in a 10-2 run, and the Heat hit 12 of their first 15 shots to tie it at 70.

The Cavs’ starting five, including James, had combined for 27 points in Game 4.

“I was very surprised when Steph Curry came back, it’s like he’s still the same player,” James told reporters. 

After the game, James said he “wasn’t really sure what to think” of Curry, whose performance was reminiscent of Curry’s in the series against Cleveland. 

Curry said he didn’t even think about it at first, and he’s already seen James score more points in two games than he did in the regular season.

“It’s hard to compare it because Steph is still the one guy I look up to,” Curry said.

“I’m just going to keep going.

He’s going to continue to do great things.

I think he’s going do great stuff.

I’m just glad he’s not here anymore.”

James is averaging 30.3 points and 13.3 assists for the Heat in their last five games.

With Cleveland down by three points in overtime, James drove to the basket for the game-tying dunk and then drained a three-pointer. 

Game notes: The Cavs are off at Boston for a game on Wednesday night before returning to Miami to face the Heat on Friday.

The Cavs have won two straight.