Four-time NBA champion LeBron James has sent the basketball world into a frenzy with a no-look three-pointer against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday AEDT.
During the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 117-100 victory in Houston, teammate Markieff Morris threw the ball towards James in the corner, who calmly attempted a three-pointer.
But the 36-year-old was so confident he had made the shot, he spun around and faced his teammates on the bench before it went in.
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The 16-time NBA All-Star was promptly mobbed by his ecstatic teammates as the Lakers lead extended to 24 points.
After the game, James said he made a bet with teammate Dennis Schröder during his freakish three-pointer. He claimed to have shot the ball, turned around, looked Schröder in the eyes and said, “Bet it.”
Lakers teammate Kyle Kuzma said after the game: “He’s one of the greatest to play this game. The things he does, it’s always crazy to watch in real-time.”
Rockets coach Stephen Silas said after the defeat: “They’re obviously a together group, and they’re having fun at our expense. So it doesn’t feel good at all, and we should take umbrage. It’s like they’re dancing on our home court. We’ve just got to fight. We’ve got to fight through it.”
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LeBron James finished with 26 points in the defending champions’ thumping win, while Anthony Davis scored 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Lakers held the Rockets to just 14 points in the first quarter as they grabbed a 21-point lead, while James Harden finished with 16 points on five-of-16 shooting.
The Lakers out-rebounded the Rockets 55-42 and had 23 second-chance points to Houston’s 11. They remained unbeaten in six road games and improved their league-leading record to 9-3.
— with AFP