LeBron James' "The Better Shot" in Game Two to Stun the Magic

Abc DefContributor IMay 26, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 24:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against the Orlando Magic in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the the Amway Arena on May 24, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

What were the thoughts going through the mind of all fans after LeBron James' incredible shot in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals?

Impossible. Amazing. Simply breathtaking.

Well, maybe not for Stan Van Gundy and the Magic.

Should it be compared to Michael Jordan's "The Shot" against the Cavaliers in 1989? Absolutely. It may have occurred in a different situation, but in both instances, there were few seconds on the clock and the game was on the line. I think many would say MJ's was more impressive because of how Jordan hung in the air just long enough to be able to shoot the ball over Ehlo.

But remember that there was only exactly one second for LeBron James to pull his off, and that was not even enough time for him to take a nice look at the basket while processing all his thoughts, which no doubt included the prospect of being down 0-2 going to Orlando and being another story in Cleveland's cursed sports history.

It's a past that includes such tragedies as "The Catch," "The Shot," "The Drive," "The Fumble," and "The Move" (seeing the entire Browns organization moving to Baltimore and winning a Super Bowl).

No way LBJ had the time to picture all of that in one second; he just took the great pass from Maurice Williams and nailed the shot while all those in attendance were screaming to bloody murder.

Let's call it "The Better Shot"; it may just take precedence over the memory involving that other No. 23.

Will this be finally the turning point in Cleveland's sports history? It's hard for all Cleveland fans to believe in that; it is already ingrained in their brains to prepare for another disappointment.

Do not forget that Jordan's "The Shot" did not lead his Chicago Bulls to the NBA Finals. James' heroics may be simply a repeat of that.

Still, the Cavaliers won the game, 96-95, and LeBron James finished with 35 points, four rebounds, and five assists. Most importantly, Cleveland lived to play another day.