In what has become an increasingly regular occurrence for the Los Angeles Lakers in their road games this season, there were a handful of Cavaliers fans at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland on Monday, and it appeared as though one fan caught the attention of LeBron James at the end of the third quarter.
if you’re wondering why LeBron decided to rain napalm on Cleveland in the 4th Quarter, you can thank whoever said something and made him react like this. https://t.co/xrGTMOJX9c pic.twitter.com/oQuKcUVwLL— Luwob Dort (@WorldWideWob) January 26, 2021
It wasn’t a fan that motivated James going into the fourth quarter, though — it was someone he knew, and not because they were a friend or family member that came to see him play on Monday.
“He’s part of the [Cavaliers] front office group,” James said of the unnamed person who motivated his fourth-quarter explosion. “He was really excited about me missing that shot. A little more extra than I would have liked. He’s got to root his team, obviously, and he showcased that.
“I knew I had another quarter, and the fourth quarter is my favorite.”
Whatever reaction James got from that unnamed member of the Cavaliers’ front office was clearly enough to him riled up. In the fourth quarter, James outscored his former team 21-19. During that run, he went 9-10 from the field and 3-4 from behind the arc. He also contributed 2 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals and a rebound. He was unstoppable.
A Cavs fan mocked LeBron for missing a shot in the 3rd quarter so he comes out in the 4th and out scores the entire Cavs team.— N (@Nino12x) January 26, 2021
LeBron - 21 points
Cavs- 19 points
For James to go on a run like that, this person must have said something to get under his skin, right? Apparently not.
“No, he didn’t say a word,” James said. “I told you, he was just a little bit too excited about me missing that shot. There’s a million cameras in these arenas, y’all just gotta find the clip, you can see how excited he was when I missed.”
Update: The staffer has been identified.
James ended the game with a season-high 46 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Moral of the story: don’t give James a reason to show just how dominant he can be, because as the Cavs’ front office member found out, it doesn’t take much.
“The good thing for him is I only come here once, so it’s all good,” James said.