I knew I was outside the charge line, and I knew I took the hit. "If I thought we were ahead, I'd have held onto the ball and let them foul me". "So I think that's part of playing the right way". "George shot the free throw, I got the rebound", Smith said.
James was not sure what the reporter expected him to say who would then repeat his question of whether he knew if Smith knew the score before the former got up and left the press conference.
"I don't know what J.R. was thinking, " James said, refusing to speculate on Smith's thought process.
Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, Smith was mistaken.
But instead of trying for a winning layup, he moved away from Durant at the hoop and the game went into overtime.
Green sparked an incident in the dying seconds of overtime with the game decided, taunting Cleveland's Tristan Thompson after a flagrant foul and getting the ball thrust in his face for his trouble.
Durant said "I knew he was late on the drive, and I knew I had my man beat and he came over a little late".
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"But the way it went down to the wire, we were scrambling on that last missed free throw trying to get the rebound and saw JR [Smith] ran it back to half court".
The call had initially been a charge on 2017 Finals MVP Durant and James protested the change.
"That was 100% terrible basketball IQ", one Twitter user wrote, while another pointed out "LeBron James really was a moment away from singlehandedly defeating 4 all-stars only to be foiled by JR Smith", referring to Bron's 50 plus points against a team stacked with so much talent.
Fans found humor in the way James responded to Smith's blunder - or how they imagine he would've liked to react to it. "It was a huge play, a huge play".
"The blocked charge thing, previous year in the regular season same play happened to me". Kevin Durant won the award a year ago and Iguodala won it in 2015, but before anyone gets too far down that road, it would be wise to remember that LeBron James won it in 2016 as his team upset the heavily-favored Warriors, who had gotten off to a 3-1 start in the series.
He now ties Jerry West for the most 40-point games in a single postseason. James would end the night with 51 points on just 32 shots, a line made fuller by his eight rebounds and eight assists.