As the ball arched through the air and carried the Cavaliers’ championship hopes, it was so deathly quiet inside The Q that you could almost hear the red lamp on the backboard buzzer come to life.
Then there was a wall of noise, swallowing the final horn, swallowing LeBron James’ gaping roar, swallowing the Orlando Magic’s nearly flawless end-game execution in another skin-tight Eastern Conference finals game.
Who knows what moment will eventually define James’ career, but what happened late Friday night will surely be in his last highlight package.
He took the last shot this time. A twisting, off-balance, miracle shot. A 3-pointer for the last of his 35 points that he released with less than one second on the clock and rattled through the rim to give the Cavs a 96-95 victory in Game 2, evening the series at 1-1.