LeBron James taunts Bucks fans after three-pointer seals win, No. 2 seed (vid)
LeBron James was in a coldblooded mood after draining a three-pointer late in the game in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 104-99 victory over the host Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
After hitting the clutch three with 14.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, James was captured on camera pounding his chest before gesturing to crowd and saying, “Get outta here.”
James discussed the step-back triple over Jared Dudley after the game, which effectively sealed the deal after the Bucks cut the lead to just two courtesy of O.J. Mayo’s layup.
“I knew if I was going to try to drive they were going to make me give it up … [o]n that last possession I just wanted to try to rock him to sleep and once I was able to create a little space I was able to let it go. I was able to drop it.” he said, via Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Chris Fedor.
It was a big night for the Cavaliers, as the team secured the No. 2 seed in the East as well as a Central Division title — its first since 2010 — the significance of which wasn’t lost on James, although he recognizes the work is just beginning.
“It means a lot,” he said. “Just from the simple fact that I understand how hard it is to win in professional sports and to be able to clinch a division and put a banner in our building it means something to me and it should mean something to all of us. It’s not guaranteed every year in a tough NBA, with the competition. We understand we have bigger goals than this but along with bigger goals you have accomplishments you can’t take for granted.”
James previously had downplayed the notion that securing the No. 2 seed in the East was all that important. But now that the Cavaliers, virtually unstoppable since James’ two-week hiatus earlier this season, are locked in at that spot, the team can now prepare in earnest for the postseason.