James had a phenomenal performance in that game, scoring 51 points and almost succeeded in dragging his Cleveland Cavaliers to a win until a crucial missed free throw from George Hill took a dramatic turn.
With Cleveland trailing Golden State Warriors by one point, Hill went to the free throw line and knocked down the first. He, however, missed the second shot, which was rebounded by Cavs’ JR Smith with just five seconds on the game clock. But instead of attempting a shot to secure a win or passing to James at the top of the key, Smith dribbled the ball out until the clock expired, leading to overtime where the Cavs consequently lost. A demoralized Cavaliers would go on to lose the remaining three games as the Warriors won a second of back-to-back NBA titles.
The jersey worn by Smith for Game 1 was also auctioned off for $23,548 USD. While the identity of the buyer was not revealed, basketball pundits believe a Warriors fan bought Smith’s jersey as a reminder of the Cavs’ misfortune in the last few seconds of regulation time in that game.