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Auction of J.R. Smith’s Game 1 jersey closes with $23,548 bid

The auction of the jersey J.R. Smith was wearing when he committed one of the most mind-boggling mental lapses in NBA Finals history closed on Thursday night. And if everything with the closing bid is on the up and up, someone shelled out a whopping $23,548 for the infamous piece of NBA memorabilia.

Bidding on Smith’s jersey closed with some fast and furious action, given with only 11 hours remaining in the auction the top offering was only at $11,120 on the NBA’s auction site.

Interestingly, the description of the item bears no direct mention of why Smith’s jersey should be of any added value outside of being an official NBA jersey. The listing reads in part:

The NBA and MeiGray are proud to offer fans and collectors across the globe the opportunity to own a piece of history… a jersey worn during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, by #5 JR Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Smith wore this jersey during the Cavaliers’ 124-114 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors on May 31, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, CA.

He played 38 minutes and registered 10 points with 2 assists and 6 rebounds.

The Cavaliers’ jerseys have the ‘NBA Finals’ patch on the back of the jersey above the player’s name.

The surreal scene in question played out after Cavaliers guard George Hill was fouled by Klay Thompson with 4.7 seconds left in regulation and the Warriors up 107-106. Hill made the first free throw but clanked his second attempt. Smith came up with the huge rebound but shockingly dribbled the ball out towards mid-court before passing the ball as time expired.

The Warriors capitalized on Smith’s mistake, going on to secure a 124-114 overtime victory on their way to a series sweep of the Cavs.

And now, one lucky collector will be the proud owner of Smith’s jersey … although it did cost them over $23,000.