LeBron James put a little something extra on this uncontested, breakaway windmill slam he converted in the third quarter of Game 3 against the Celtics, but the steal he came away with in order to have this opportunity might have been more impressive.
James starts the possession on the low block, but sees almost immediately where the ball-handler will have no choice but to throw his next pass. James shoots the gap, and arrives in the passing lane before the ball does. Once he has it, his head start down to the other end of the floor is too great for anyone to be able to catch him.
Celtics’ Evan Turner commits flagrant foul on LeBron James in Game 3 vs. Cavaliers (VIDEO)
Late in the second quarter of Game 3 between the Celtics and the Cavaliers, Evan Turner dragged LeBron James to the floor to stop the easy points on a fast break, and was whistled for a flagrant-one foul because of it.
It wasn’t a terribly physical play, nor was it necessarily one that was dangerous. But after a physical first half where a similar play between Jonas Jerebko and Kyrie Irving was let go as a common foul by the officials, they likely made the call to let the players know to relax with the excessively-physical plays.
James has 17 points and eight rebounds at the intermission, and Cleveland closed on a 12-0 run to take a halftime lead of 56-48.