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Lakers' LeBron James on GW Shot vs. Warriors: I Was Seeing 3 Rims, Shot at Middle One

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVMay 20, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, greets Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry after the Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors 103-100 in an NBA basketball Western Conference Play-In game Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

It's a good thing for Los Angeles Lakers fans that LeBron James picked the correct rim.

James drilled the game-winning three-pointer with less than one minute remaining in Wednesday's 103-100 victory over the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference play-in tournament game.

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BRON IS CLUTCH 👑<br><br>(via @NBATV) pic.twitter.com/FfQrXItlva

It was an incredible three-pointer with the shot clock running down regardless of the circumstances, but the King apparently was having trouble seeing after Draymond Green accidentally poked him in the eye during a hard foul a few possessions prior.

"After Draymond's finger to the eye, I was literally seeing three rims out there," he said during a postgame interview with ESPN. "I just shot for the middle one."

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LeBron on his game-winning shot: <br><br>“After Draymond’s finger to the eye, I was literally seeing three rims out there. I just shot for the middle one”<br><br>(via @Rachel__Nichols) pic.twitter.com/Di0Je54UWT

The heroic shot capped off a game that saw James finish with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and Stephen Curry counter with 37 points and seven rebounds. It was the back-and-forth showdown NBA fans were surely hoping for when the matchup was revealed, and the Lakers now have a first-round date with the Phoenix Suns as a result.

Golden State will play the Memphis Grizzlies in a do-or-die game on Friday with the winner taking on the Utah Jazz in the first round.