LeBron James' shooting hand was partially numb on the jumper that made history.
The shot still went down, points 20,000 and 20,001. Turns out, when you have a feel for the game like James, sometimes you don't even need to feel the ball.
James, 28 years and 17 days old, became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points on Wednesday in the Heat's 92-75 blowout of the Golden State Warriors. His milestone-setting basket came with 2:45 left in the first half. He also reached the 5,000-assist plateau during the game.
James hyper-extended his right thumb with about 3:30 left in the second quarter during a defensive sequence against Warriors reserve Carl Landry. James attempted to shake some feeling back into his hand but still felt numbness when, on the Heat's next offensive possession, he created space for himself in the middle of the lane for an open shot. With one hand, James pushed up the shot that put him in elite company with some of the game's all-time greats.
"The best part about it was it was in rhythm," James said. "It wasn't one of those forced shots."
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Miami Herald | Jan 17