LeBron James turned the tables on renowned sharpshooter Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night.
The four-time NBA MVP channeled his inner Curry in the waning seconds of the first half of the Lakers-Warriors game, draining a long three-point shot as time expired on a dominant 24 minutes of ball for the reigning league champions.
Carrying the ball up the floor from the backcourt off a missed shot by the Warriors, James calmly jogged across the Lakers' half-court logo before realizing Golden State's Kelly Oubre had given him just a little bit too much space.
He then pulled up for a long, smooth-looking jump shot -- estimated at 27 feet by ESPN. The 36-year-old looked confident his last-second heave would fall upon release -- and let out a couple emphatic "count it" arm pumps when it did moments later, in case there was any uncertainty.
The triple gave the Lakers 73 points and a 29-point lead at the half, and they never looked back, marking their second straight win after losing four in a row upon the loss of star center Anthony Davis to injury. The Lakers' win also snapped the Warriors' heady three-game win streak.
James played only 24 minutes, resting the entire fourth quarter, but still managed an impressive line of 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, with 6 boards, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals. The contest was the 13,000th in his decorated career.