With 2.2 seconds remaining in overtime, the Heat were set to inbound the ball in the frontcourt. The Pacers led the game 102-101. LeBron James received the inbounds pass, drove right past Paul George, and tossed the ball into the basket for the buzzer-beating, game-winning layup. The shot was essentially uncontested.
Here's a look at how it went down (the view at the 1:00 mark is the best, in my opinion):
LeBron James: LeBron doesn't get credit just for the final possession - I'm also giving him credit for the previous possession, on which he also drove right around his defender for a layup. Though I root against LeBron with all my heart, it's great to see a player with his skill set finally take the ball to the rim in the clutch. Part of the reason that he has such a low percentage on game-winners is because he frequently settles for difficult jump shots. Sure, driving for a game-winning layup isn't quite as dramatic as hitting a fadeaway jumper, but it's far more effective in his case.
I don't believe in the concept of "they didn't win, the other team lost." What all sports games come down to is one team being better than the other. If a team screws up to lose a game, give credit to the other team for not screwing up in the big moment. The team that won was the better team, and it's as simple as that. LeBron definitely got one of the easier game-winners that you'll see in the playoffs, but he did exactly what he needed to to win the game. LeBron was aggressive, and he finished nicely with the left hand. I'm giving credit where credit is due - to LeBron James.
Erik Spoelstra: Coaching the Miami Heat may seem like basketball's easiest job, but believe it or not, head coach Erik Spoelstra actually has to use his basketball knowledge every once in a while. He drew up the inbounds play to put his best player (LeBron) in a one-on-one situation, and for that, he deserves credit.
Chris Bosh: Pacers center Roy Hibbert was not in the game on the final two possessions, and Chris Bosh was the reason why. Pacers coach Frank Vogel did not want Hibbert chasing Bosh - who was the center on the Heat's final two offensive plays - around the perimeter, as Hibbert is 7'2'' and not a great athlete. I believe that Bosh has become one of the more underrated players in the league, and it was his ability to cause matchup problems that prompted Vogel to sit down one of the game's elite rim protectors in Hibbert. No, Bosh did not really do anything on the play itself, but what he brings to the table on a nightly basis got Hibbert out of the game, and allowed LeBron to take an easier shot.