Despite this error, LeBron James put up 51 points but was helpless to prevent the Cleveland Cavaliers losing to the Golden State Warriors in a dramatic 124-114 defeat.
Things could have been all so different, however, if James’ teammate JR Smith had not made a catastrophic error in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.
With just 4.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Cleveland trailed the Golden State Warriors 107-106 as George Hill went to the free-throw line.
Hill netted his first but missed the second free throw, with guard JR Smith quickly grabbing an offensive rebound.
However instead of going right up with a shot, he went back to the perimeter.
With 2.2 seconds remaining, James changed position, expecting to receive a pass from Smith out beyond the arc.
He pointed his arm towards the basket and gestured to Smith to make an offensive move back towards the hoop.
However, JR Smith