LeBron James hit the game-winning shot as time expired in Game 4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ playoff game with the Chicago Bulls, giving the Cavs an 86-84 victory. The win ties up the best-of-seven conference-semifinal series at 2-2.
It looked like the contest was headed to overtime after Derrick Rose’s layup tied the game with 8.4 seconds remaining. James drove to the hoop and had his shot blocked, giving the Cavs less than a second for one final play. After looking at a replay, the refs put 1.5 seconds on the clock, and the Cavs were able to draw up an inbounds play for James to get off the game’s final shot. The fadeaway jumper with Jimmy Butler’s hand in his face gave James 25 points on the night.
The league’s best player led Cleveland in scoring, rebounds and assists, but it was a struggle for him all day long. James missed 20 of his 30 shot attempts and turned the ball over eight times.
James appeared to have injured himself in the third quarter, when the four-time MVP rolled his ankle as he collided with Rose. But James stayed in the game and said afterward he'll play in Game 5. Cleveland has already suffered injuries to Kevin Love, who is out for the remainder of the playoffs, and Kyrie Irving, who continues to play with a foot injury. Irving scored just 12 points on Sunday, shooting 2-10 from the field.
Game 5 is set for Tuesday night in Cleveland.