Up 26 points with just over eight minutes left in the third quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers were well on their way to ending the Miami Heat's 23-game winning streak. Then the team fell apart, and Cavs fans sat awestruck, save one rogue court-stormer.
After Cleveland had allowed Miami to come all the way back, a Cavs fan made his way past security and ran onto the court.
He had a message for LeBron James, giving him one of the first official signs that all the anti-LeBron hysteria in Cleveland is, of course, nothing but an act from a deeply hurt fanbase:
Fan in Cleveland runs on the court with "We miss you, Come Back 2014" shirt on. LeBron pats him on the head. twitter.com/BleacherReport…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 21, 2013
Fan runs out onto the court with T-shirt that reads "We Miss You". Tackled by security. LeBron pats him on head. What??— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) March 21, 2013
Seriously, I don't care if he was wearing a shirt with Cindi Lauper on it. That was terrifying.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) March 21, 2013
I'm not sure that was the best approach.
Whatever the case, the fan did make his way up to LeBron, seemed to say something to him and, after he was apprehended and dragged away, LeBron patted him on the head.
For any crazy person, that's a job well done.
Of course, this isn't the last time LeBron had to deal with a fan rushing the court. The same thing happened a few years back in New York.
1st time was at MSG. RT @marcel_mutoni: This is the 2nd time in LeBron's career that a fan has run onto the court during amazing performance— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) March 21, 2013
At least these were all in good fun.