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LeBron's block in NBA Finals is AP's play of 2016

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2016 | 12:00 AM
In this Sunday, June 19, 2016 photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (left) blocks a shot by Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) during the second half of Game 7 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, California. The Cavaliers won 93-89.

NEW YORK (AP):

All due respect to Kyrie Irving's 3-pointer, the Play of the NBA Finals was offered by King James. LeBron James' chasedown block of Andre Iguodala with 1:51 remaining in Game 7 of the NBA Finals a shot that would have given Golden State the lead wasn't just the defining moment of 2016, but perhaps the defining moment of James' Hall of Fame career as well.

He didn't do it alone, as J.R. Smith helped impede Iguodala's path and give James the extra split-second that he needed to get to the rim. But the enormity of the moment made the block even bigger: Golden State had a record-setting 73-win regular season, the series was tied 3-3, the total points in that series were tied at that moment 699-699. After that block, the Warriors wouldn't score again. And James would soon become a three-time NBA champion.