The box score lists three blocked shots for LeBron James during the Miami Heat's bounce-back 98-93 road win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night, but his coldest rejection of the night came after the final buzzer. Behold:
"Close that hand. Close it up." Sound advice, as always, from "Inside the NBA" commentator Kenny Smith. Another option: Turn into the skid and just go through the full swing-clasp-one-arm-bro-hug motion yourself. If James Harden can high-five invisible friends, I see no reason why you can't do it; I mean, you've already got enough bread for a courtside seat, right? Big up yourself and dap up yourself. You've earned it (probably).
Playing without banged-up running buddy Dwyane Wade, James was again sensational on Thursday night, leading all scorers with 27 points on 11-for-23 shooting, dishing a game-high 12 assists against four turnovers, and grabbing a Heat-best seven rebounds as Miami held off a fourth-quarter Nuggets rally. James now ranks third in the league in scoring at 24.8 points per game, trailing only Kobe Bryant and James Harden; he's also 17th in the league in rebounds per game and 15th in the league in assists per game, and he's turning it over less than 10 percent of the time, a career low.
Exemplary work, LeBron. I'd shake your hand, but something tells me you wouldn't be down for that.