With the Cavaliers up 115-108 with just over a minute left on the road against the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night, LeBron James knew that he needed to make a huge play to seal a win. As he drove down the lane, he spotted J.R. Smith at the top of the key, dished the ball to him, and watched as the shot beautifully fell through the net.
Now up by ten with a timeout ensuing, Smith used the break in the action to celebrate with fellow guard Kyrie Irving, an act he has done over the years following big shots late in games.
JR Smith back. https://t.co/OQYgt0AmBO
— Ming Wong (@HOOPmag) March 10, 2016
The trend seemed to start when Smith was a member of the New York Knicks, when he celebrated a buzzer beater with the same celebration.
Hitting that “submit” button for your paper at 11:59.. https://t.co/TfYTa3NtKJ
— Fitness Viking (@FitnessViking) March 3, 2016
Smith has been regarded as the “King of Celebrations” by many. Based off his moves and displays of happiness with teammates, it’s hard to argue with that.
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