Despite scoring 51 points—his NBA finals career high—LeBron James didn’t bring the Cleveland Cavaliers a series-opening win after a 124-114 overtime defeat to the Golden State Warriors.
The Cavs could have killed the game in regular time, except for a mind-boggling decision from its guard J.R. Smith. With 4.7 seconds on the clock, Smith grabbed an offensive rebound after his teammate George Hill missed a free throw that would have broken a 107-107 tie. But apparently
, Smith inexplicably dribbled the ball away to run out the clock, rather than shooting or passing it or calling a timeout.
Lue said JR thought the Cavs were ahead and “it was over” https://t.co/GYw8eFvnDZ— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) June 1, 2018
Smith’s mistake—perhaps one of the most bizarre moments in finals history—led to a viral photo of James yelling at Smith and throwing his hands up in the direction of the basket:
It has sparked a caption contest and tons of memes on Twitter. Here’re some of the best:
In China, the NBA’s biggest overseas market, Smith is dubbed “Psychotic Blade” for his unpredictability and inconsistency. Chinese internet users took the chance to drive home that point: