JR Smith is being blamed for costing his team the first game of the NBA Finals - and the internet is ablaze with hilarious memes to mark the occasion.
The Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday blew a golden opportunity to steal the first game of the NBA Finals at Golden State after Smith mistakenly thought his team was ahead with a few seconds remaining in regulation.
The Golden State Warriors pulled out a 124-114 overtime victory over Cleveland in Game 1 of the NBA Finals after a bizarre ending to regulation.
The game went to OT after Cleveland's Smith failed to take the go-ahead shot after a missed free throw, apparently believing the Cavaliers led by one when it was tied.
JR Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers grabbed a rebound with time winding down and his team tied with Golden State during Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oakland on Thursday
But Smith apparently thought his team was ahead, which is why he started to dribble away from the basket instead of shoot for a chance to win the game at the buzzer
Smith's teammate, LeBron James (left), tries to tell Smith that he needed to shoot but time expired, sending the game to overtime
The Warriors took advantage of their second chance, opening OT with a 9-0 run to blow it open.
LeBron James' highest-scoring postseason game was wasted, as he finished with 51 points.
Smith’s gaffe overshadowed James’ historic performance, which nearly resulted in an upset victory for the heavy underdog Cavaliers.
Social media needed little time to poke fun at Smith. It also needed little creativity, as James confronted Smith immediately after his error and gave a facial expression that told the whole story.
Smith’s Cavaliers teammates were stunned at how unaware he was of the score when he grabbed the rebound off George Hill’s missed free throw.
Stephen Curry scored 29 points and Kevin Durant added 26 to power defending champion Golden State over the Cavaliers 124-114 in overtime.
Golden State's Klay Thompson added 24 points and Draymond Green contributed 13 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, five steals and three blocked shots.
After Smith became a national punchline for his boneheaded gaffe, the internet was ablaze with hilarious memes to mark the occasion
The reaction of LeBron James (left) provided plenty of fodder for Twitter users who offered up their own hilarious interpretations
Green taunted Cleveland's Tristan Thompson to spark a shoving incident in the final seconds of overtime that figures to carry over in the emotional fourth consecutive finals between the Cavaliers and Warriors.
Golden State won the 2015 and 2017 crowns. The Cavs took the 2016 title.