It’s easy to get lost in the artistry of the alley-oop at the end of this play. For a second, though, ignore the finish, and follow LeBron James from the start. After Norris Cole has his shot blocked by JaVale McGee, James chases Corey Brewer down in transition, and attempts a block of his own. Brewer misses. James receives the outlet pass, and leads the 2-on-1 break in the other direction. At midcourt he hands off to Cole, forcing the lone Nuggets defender to make a decision on the ball. He edges wide, measuring his steps, takes off, and only then, does he receive the Norris Cole lob. Slam. Sometimes it’s the little things.
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