Has anyone else noticed just how clutch LeBron James has been this season, or is it just us?
James and the Cavaliers made it 13 straight on Wednesday when Cleveland beat the Sacramento Kings 101-95, and it was all thanks to LeBron, who hit a nice stepback three to give the Cavs the lead with 15.8 seconds to go.
But according to Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, the play that sealed the game for Cleveland that night wasn't Lue's original idea, via Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon:
"Was going to run a different play and then Bron said, 'I want Chicago.' So I said, 'OK,'" Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "We got it to him and he made a big shot. That was a huge play for us to put us up five."
LeBron seemingly called his own number with the game on the line for Cleveland, and promptly buried the stepback J. But what did he mean by 'Chicago'?
We're glad you asked, as Chicago is actually a set play for LeBron. It's actually not really a set play at all, Chicago is just codeword for 'give the ball to Bron and get the hell out of the way and let him do his thing', which proved to be pretty successful. But why is the play called Chicago?
Well, remember back to the 2015 playoffs, when James hit -- again, calling his own number -- hit the corner three over Jimmy Butler in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semi's? Yeah, it's a reference to that play.
LeBron was asked about how his game-clinching shot against the Kings came about, and he parroted Lue:
LeBron, did you ask Ty for the ball at the end?
Did the play go the way you wanted it to?
James finished the game with 32 points to go with 11 rebounds and 9 assists, further strengthening his claim to win his 5th MVP trophy this season.