LeBron James said he was made longer jump shots in his life, but his 83-footer to end the third quarter was the longest he has made in a game.
“I filmed a commercial (Powerade) my rookie year where I hit a lot of long jumpers,” said James. “I knew it had a chance. I looked at it the whole way. Every day after practice me and Drew (Gooden) shoot trick shots like that, and today was one of those times where I got one off and it went in.”
Those three points proved to be the final margin in the game, but James said his two free throws with 7.6 seconds left were more important.
“The free throws were of course bigger than the long three,” said James. “It made them come down and shoot a contested jump shot. A lot of people say I can’t shoot free throws, but at the end of the day I want the ball. If I make them, good, but if I miss them, I accept the responsibility.”