The Cleveland Cavaliers were up by two points with 24 seconds left last night. They had one of the greatest basketball teams ever on the ropes in their own arena.
Then Steph Curry proceeded to hit an and-one layup and sink the free throw.
But things weren’t over for the Cavaliers yet. George Hill got fouled and went to the line, hitting the first free throw and bringing Cleveland within one point.
And then everything went south in perfect Cavaliers fashion.
Hill missed the second free throw, but J.R. Smith grabbed the rebound. Inexplicably, instead of going back up with the ball or passing out to LeBron James (who was wide open at the 3-point line), he dribbled the ball out and killed off the clock. James lost his mind, and Smith turned to him to explain that he thought the Cavaliers were winning.
Cleveland then proceeded to collapse and lose by double digits in overtime. James scored 51 points and lost because his teammate forgot the score.
Tweets of the day
imagine you train your whole life to put up 51-8-8 in the first game of the nba finals on the road and a guy on your team forgets what the score is in the final five seconds of the game— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) June 1, 2018
A lot of scores to settle in Game 2 and JR Smith wont know any of them— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 1, 2018
[SCREAMING INTERNALLY] pic.twitter.com/jTJAYThPhy— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) June 1, 2018
When someone on a tiny house show says they want "space to entertain" pic.twitter.com/PBAjGfPeDD— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) June 1, 2018
The J.R. jokes will write themselves this entire series.
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