CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cavaliers could have clinched a win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Instead, the closing seconds in the fourth quarter could haunt the Cavs for the rest of the series.
After grabbing the rebound from a missed free throw, J.R. Smith dribbled the ball away from the rim and let time expire before the Cavs could get off a shot attempt for a potential game-winner.
Smith says he knew the score was tied but thought Cleveland was going to call a timeout.
The play and LeBron James' reaction to Smith immediately ignited a response on social media.
The Cavaliers look to rebound in Game 2 on Sunday night.