Saturday, January 24, 2009

LeBron Breaks Warrior Fan's Hearts at the Buzzer

Last night I saw LeBron James and the Cleveland Caveliers in their only bay area visit of the season, taking on the competitive, but struggling Golden State Warriors.

The game had as much or more buzz around it than any Warrior home game all season. Not only was the biggest superstar in the league going to be there, but it was also Monta Ellis' return game from his infamous mo-ped accident that severely injured his ankle.

Here's a shot of the teams lined up for the national anthem. LeBron is lower left.

I was able to get down really close to the court at halftime and got this shot of the Warriors warming up for the second half. Monta is the second Warrior from the left:

The game was a thriller. It was close the entire way, with multiple lead changes. As you can see here, it was tied 99-99 with 1:04 remaining and Stephen Jackson shooting free throws:

With 6.4 seconds left, and the Warriors trailing 103-104, Stephen Jackson fired up an ill-advised 20 footer, but made it! I would have preferred the Warriors had milked the clock down to 1 or 2 seconds with their final possession and let Monta drive to the hoop. It was great that Jackson made the shot giving the Warriors a 105-104 lead, but the problem was it left the leagues leading MVP candidate 6.4 seconds to try to win the game!

Sure enough, LeBron sunk a 15 foot jumper as time expired, deflating the crowd, and sending us home both frustrated and awe-struck. This is a a game that I will not soon forget.

1 comment:

Beth said...

I am so happy to have made the blog! This was a good one with lots of cute pictures