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So many memories to choose from, keep in mind these are moments at a particular time. LeBron’s Game 6 in Boston from 2012 will certainly be in the Top 5 Games of the LeBron Heat Era list.
5. Wade Gives Perkins a Facial
Date: March 16, 2011
As if Dwyane Wade didn’t have enough poster dunks to fill an entire room, his dunk on Perkins exemplified his athletic ability like no other in his past. The spin-to-dunk one move act was both graceful and downright nasty as it sent shockwaves through the AAA and Perkins’ scowl.
This might be the last incredible dunk we see from Mr. Wade as his knees begin to rob him of his athleticism. If that’s the last great one, I’ll take it.
4. LeBron Cramps in Game 4 of the 2011 Finals
Date: June 19, 2012
Chasing the first championship of his NBA career, James hit a wall (literally) in Game 4 of the 2012 Finals when he began cramping badly, having to be carried off the court by teammates. When he checked back into the game a play later with the score tied at 94, James nailed a three that gave the Heat the lead for good. It wasn’t Willis Reed in the 1970 Finals or Paul Pierce in the 2008 Finals (just kidding), but it was great enough to crack the Top 5.
3A. LeBron Ends Jason Terry
3B. LeBron’s Game-Winner in the Same Game.
Date: March 18, 2013
The best way to describe this play is to say James murdered Terry and then paid for the funeral with his technical foul for taunting.
I didn’t think taunting Terry was possible, but I guess the dunk was so demoralizing it had to result in some sort of penalty. “I’ve had a chance to (review) it and it was one of my better ones,” James later said. “The fact that it happened to J.T. made it that much sweeter, because we all know J.T. and he talks too much sometimes.”
“I’m glad it happened to him.”
Riding a 22-game winning streak and facing their arch nemesis Celtics (which happened to be the team that ended the Houston Rockets’ 22 game winning streak in 2008), LeBron made sure the Heat’s streak would be extended to 23. After being down by as many as 17, the Heat went on a tear to tie the game at 103 with less than 20 seconds remaining. James then finished the Celtics off with a beautiful jumper that sealed the game and sent the Celtics home in shock, still grieving the loss of Jason Terry.
2. LeBron Takes His Talents to “South Beach”
Date: July 10, 2010
The day that shook the NBA world and threw Cleveland into a two-year depression ranks number two on this list for good reason. With James joining Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, the Heat instantly became the Death Star (For all you Star Wars junkies) of the league and set out on a path to validate their decision.
In the three years since the decision, the Heat has reached three Finals while winning two of them consecutively. How’s that for validation?
1. Ray Allen Hits Biggest Shot in Heat History
Date: June 18, 2013
One word coming from the mouth of Mike Breen, whose voice is the only one that can do justice to that moment in Game 6 when Ray Allen saved the Miami Heat’s season with a tip-toe three with 5.2 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
While Bosh’s offensive rebound was just as important, the fact that Allen backpedaled and rose up for the shot all on his tip-toes made it that much more difficult and impressive. Allen not only saved the Heat’s season, but also saved LeBron from falling to 1-3 all time in the NBA Finals. Not a great stat to have for someone who is destined to be the greatest of all time.
Jonathan Magolnick (@JMSportsAnalyst) is a Staff Writer for Page Q.
Photo: Keith Allison