LeBron James' Game-Winner vs. Orlando: Where Were You When Amazing Happened?

WarderroCorrespondent IMay 27, 2009

CLEVELAND - MAY 22:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots the game winning three pointer over Hedo Turkoglu #15 of the Orlando Magic in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 22, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

So apparently on Friday night, there was a last-second three-pointer by ... What's his name again?

Oh right, LeBron James.

It may have had some big playoff implications ... Something about avoiding a 2-0 Eastern Conference Finals deficit. 

I'm not going to bore anyone by rehashing the magnitude of the shotIan Thomsen does a fine job of it.

But if the Cavs manage to move on to (or win) the NBA Finals, that shot may become a "Where were you when ..." moment for sports fans. Judging by my Facebook newsfeeds that night, it may already be at this level.

So here is my story:

I was watching the game at my Berkeley apartment, and the contest was a close one in the mid-80s with about four or five minutes to go. It didn't really matter at the time who was winning, but it had all the makings of Game One all over again. 

However, at the moment, my appetite (as well as my brother's) was in just as close of a contest with my desire to continue watching the game.

At around 8 p.m., my appetite prevailed. 

And as my brother and I left to Pho Hoa for dinner, I remember him saying:

"If anything happens, we'll see the highlights on SportsCenter later."

And what a highlight it was.

After returning and plopping down on the coach, the first image we saw on the television screen was LeBron escaping Hedo Turkoglu and drilling the final dagger at the buzzer.

Afterward, he ran around the court like a maniacof course, my reaction would likely have been similar just while watching the game, so I use the word with some caution.

The SportsCenter episode on Saturday afternoon was devoted almost entirely to that shot, yet not even repetition made up for the experience I would have had seeing the action live.

Don't get me wrong: The Chicken Pho, veggie summer rolls, and peanut butter sauce were fantastic.

But I can't help finding myself relating to Magic coach Stan Van Gundy's post-game comments:

"That one hurts quite a bit. I don't know what else to tell you, I'd like to have that last one back."


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