LeBron James has had some issues with his free-throw shooting this season, particularly in late-game situations. On Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks, James missed two free throws with 19.9 seconds left and the Los Angeles Lakers down by just one point.
Miraculously, LeBron was able to put the Lakers up just a few seconds later after there was a scramble for his second missed free throw. Kyle Kuzma eventually wrestled a hold of the ball and put up a shot at the rim. Kuzma’s shot missed the mark but the rebound fell to James, who flew in for the putback dunk. All the Lakers had to do was survive the final Atlanta Hawks possession.
Enter Tyson Chandler.
Hawkss rookie Trae Young dribbled the clock down to under 10 seconds, still needing one point for the win. On a drive to the lane, Young went for the high-arcing shot with Chandler defending the rim down low.
That’s when the 36-year-old Chandler met Young’s attempt at its apex.
That’s an impressive feet of athleticism by Chandler, and the exact reason the Los Angeles front office wanted to bring him in to help guide this team.
The Lakers held on to beat Atlanta, 107-106.