There’s been plenty made of the immense workload LeBron James has had to carry to keep a modest support cast alive in Cleveland’s NBA Finals campaign against Golden State.
So it wasn’t the biggest surprise to see the world’s best player do it all himself in one spectacular play early in Game 3.
After picking up his dribble while guarded by Warrior centre Javale McGee at the top of the arc, James threw a pass hard off the backboard while moving to the rim.
The 33-year-old then rose to catch his own pass and thunder the dunk home.
As spectacular as the play was, some astute fans were quick to point out they’d seen it from James before – in last year’s Finals series, no less.
The stunning move came amid a promising first half for the Cavaliers as they looked to bounce back from a 2-0 series deficit with a six-point lead at intermission.
But it was ultimately in vain.
Kevin Durant drained a long three-pointer in the final minute to cap a magnificent performance and move the Warriors to within one victory of a sweep of the Cavs.
Durant scored 43 points in the Warriors’ 110-102 victory, edging Golden State closer to their second straight title and third championship in four years.
No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs.
The Warriors overcame a quiet shooting night from Steph Curry (11 points on 3-16 shooting) to secure the win.
James finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.