It’s not often that LeBron James is upstaged on court, so when it happens it’s a pretty big deal.
For those of you who have yet to see the highlights from the Miami Heat’s overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls this weekend, you’re in for a treat that is so rare it borders on being a anomaly; because James was upstaged.
With the game tied 86-86, the reigning MVP began a trademark drive to the hoop and the headlines had already began to write themselves. However on this occasion the James train was derailed, by an impeccable strip from the Bulls' Jimmy Butler.
James was halted in mid-air, and the Heat were forced into overtime. Make no mistake; they were demolished in that extra period. The Bulls managed to chalk up nine to the visitor’s two at the United Center, and the Heat suffered their third loss on the bounce.
However James was quick to play up Butler’s defensive endeavours, and praised the Bulls’ star’s moves.
“I had it,” James said.
“And it was a great play, and give a lot of credit to Jimmy — he got his hand on the ball — but I had the lane, and I had the layup.
“I don’t know. I messed up on my scouting report. I knew if I brought the ball back to my left side, then he would strip it, too, and I went in and brought it over a little too far and he was able to get a hand on it.”