'The Shot' by LeBron Has Echoes of Jordan

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2009 1:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – LeBron James' 3-point bomb at the buzzer last night to beat Orlando is the stuff of legend. In fact, writes Jodie Valade in the Plain Dealer, it invokes another classic shot in Cavaliers' history, this one by Michael Jordan 20 years ago to beat Cleveland. "He was born to do that," said guard Sasha Pavlovic of James. "I believed. I think all our fans believed, too." The Eastern finals are now tied at 1-1.

“That was an instant classic," added guard Mo Williams. Cavs coach Mike Brown says the play went according to plan. They figured the Magic would look for Lebron to catch a pass near the basket and put in an easy 2-pointer to tie. Instead, he caught the inbound pass outside the 3-point stripe. “He just made a crazy shot,” a Magic defender said. “You can't do anything about that.” (Read more LeBron James stories.)

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