LeBron James has posterized plenty of NBA stars over his career. It’s time to add another one to the list.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star threw down a dunk over Reggie Bullock of the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night to help his team take a 2-0 series lead. James came at the hoop with furious speed over the 6′ 7″ forward and put in a two-handed slam that should be measured against the explosive force of TNT, setting the tone for the Cavs.
The dunk felt 'round #TheLand!
Posted by Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The play started with point guard Matthew Dellavedova handling the ball near the top of the key. Dellavedova drove toward the hoop—as if he were going for a layup—but he spotted James rushing in from the 3-point line and set him up perfectly with a one-handed pass:
Bullock was no match for James on the dunk—at that speed, the Pistons would’ve needed an Abrams tank to stop him—which gave the Cavs and early lead in the second quarter. The Cavaliers ended up pulling away by the end, winning 107-90 to take a commanding two-game lead in the first round series.
But that wasn’t the only highlight for James on the night. The King also got into it with Pistons players Stanley Johnson and Marcus Morris. James was left wide open for a long-range shot while Morris was guarding him, and after making the shot, he gave the forward a look that could’ve melted steel.
Johnson had some pointed comments about James after the game, saying that the Cavs star “jabbers” and talks a lot of trash while playing. James, of course, had good reason to take some jabs at Johnson: He finished with 27 points while shooting 12-of-18 from the field.
The 19-year-old rookie said that he is “definitely” getting in James’ head while playing defense on him. But based on the stat sheet, James is getting the better of this matchup—he scored 13 points and made all six of his shots while being defended by Johnson.
#Pistons Stanley Johnson on LeBron: "I wish he would just talk when it’s 0-0, not when he’s up 16 and already got it going."
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) April 21, 2016
Some advice for the Pistons: if James is coming at you, maybe it’s best to just get out of the way.