Welcome back to “Pass of the Night!” After a few days hiatus, we’re back, following the Opening Night action last night. We had a three game slate, with Orlando at Indiana starting things off, and a TNT double-header featuring Chicago at Miami, followed by the battle of Los Angeles between the Lakers and Clippers.
Even though the game itself was a bit underwhelming, we need to head to Miami to find our “Pass of the Night.” It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise then, that the author of the best dish of the night was none other than LeBron James. The man can do it all, though there’s no need to go into that right now. Instead let’s focus on his brilliant pass.
His passing ability may LeBron’s most underrated skill (at least among casual fans), simply because he’s just so dominant in many areas that it gets overlooked. But last night, he made sure you realized he can pass with the best of them.
With the seconds winding down in the 3rd quarter, LeBron corralled a loose rebound and took off down the court on the left side. As he got to the three-point line, he paused, waiting for a trailing Chris Andersen to catch up to the play. With the Bulls’ out of sorts in the secondary transition game, LeBron pointed furiously for Birdman to cut down the middle of the lane. As Birdman followed his order and cut, LeBron threaded a no-look bounce pass to him for an easy dunk.
LeBron finished the game with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists, filling the box score as per usual. After a late, ultimately fruitless charge by the Bulls, the Heat took home the victory, 107-95.
(H/T to @HPBasketball for the video.)
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