‘It’s called ART’: When LeBron James Orchestrated a 14-point Comeback Against the Knicks Despite Scoring Only Once

Published 08/30/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) participates during a practice session before Game 3 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)


LeBron James has been a part of the GOAT debate ever since he entered the NBA for a reason. A legend in high school turned NBA legend has had a prolific professional career so far and has accomplished some of the most impossible. And one big example of this is a game that LeBron helped the Cavaliers win against the New York Knicks back in 2017. He pulled off an upset that nobody could have predicted. And now, an old video of his dominance in the fourth quarter has been going viral now.

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LeBron James: ‘King’ James for a reason

When an NBA player is able to help his teammates get clear shots and attract more defenders towards himself, that’s the art of floor spacing. And this is something LeBron James has clearly mastered in. We have seen over the years that Bron’s dominance forces players to double or triple-team him, leaving his teammates open. And he uses this to his advantage to turn the tables around.

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While playing the New York Knicks in 2017, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were down by 15 points when entering the fourth quarter. At the time, Kyrie Irving had said his goodbyes to the Cavs, leaving them without a point guard. This landed LeBron with the role of being the floor general. So, while playing the Knicks at MSG, LeBron destroyed their defense in every possession that entire quarter.

He became the leader of their great comeback and hadn’t scored a single point until a step-back three that eventually gave them a much-needed lead. Against all odds, the Cavs ended up winning that game 104-100, and LeBron had a whopping 23 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds.

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Kendrick Perkins in awe of him

Looking at this throwback video of LeBron, always being the knight in shining armour for the Cavs would make any LeBron fan nostalgic. And one of them is Kendrick Perkins and Richard Jefferson. While Perkins only applauded LeBron, Jefferson was in complete awe of the supporting cast as well.

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No denying that. This video might actually give Lakers fans the faith that they need in the upcoming season. If a man can do this, there is nothing else he can’t do. With a super team formed around him, will Bron finally claim his fifth NBA championship?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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