Even the best have their moments.
Such was the case Sunday when four-time NBA MVP LeBron James stole a pass against the Charlotte Hornets, took the ball the length of the floor, weaved his way past Kemba Walker, and went in for what he thought was an uncontested layup. Unfortunately for James, he never saw Hornets guard Courtney Lee behind him. Watch what happens.
The 6-foot-5 Lee came out of nowhere and got a rare—yet clean—block on the 6-foot-8 James. Meanwhile, Walker saved the ball from going out of bounds and even scored on the ensuing possession.
Lee might have been extra motivated to block James after James made a fantastic block on Lee (from behind) seven years ago, in the Eastern Conference Finals, when Lee was with Orlando.
But James and the Cavaliers had the last laugh, winning 112–103 in Cleveland.
James, despite getting blocked by Lee, still finished with 31 points, 12 assists, and 8 rebounds to put the Cavs at 55–22, which is the best record in the East. Should he make the NBA Finals for the sixth straight season though, James would likely be going up against either the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs. Both teams have far better records than Cleveland and James’ squad would likely be underdogs.