It wasn't the first time we've seen the tandem hook up, and it's definitely not going to be the last, but this was surely one of the best we've seen from the two of them.
Not only did Mario Chalmers initiate the play with an improbable save, but the majority of the team was involved, as an outlet pass from Chis Bosh got the whole thing going.
The result was filthy.
Might be one of top-10 in game dunks I've ever seen. LeBron from Wade. Wow.— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) January 13, 2013
It's like LeBron was trying to think of the nastiest possible thing he could do.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) January 13, 2013
LeBron mad. LeBron no like loss to pun Blazers. LeBron smash Kings. LeBron strongest there is.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) January 13, 2013
Some stars say they tune out criticism, but not LeBron. He gives the people what they want, and admitted as much after the game.
LeBron on that alley-oop: "They always tell me I do the same dunks over and over and over.... So I decided to do something different."— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) January 13, 2013
My favorite part about the entire thing is that it was the perfect chance for Miami's commentating team to show off how much of a caricature they are of hometown announcers.
They've got everything: silly catch phrases, terrific, out-of-place accents, a short-term memory (it'll be a long time before these two top the full-court alley-oop) and just a fun sense of whimsy for everything going on. Those two get a bad rap.
It's times like these when it's hard for your run-of-the-mill Heat naysayer to continue to say nay.