LeBron James is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. From his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers to now with Los Angeles Lakers. But there was a time in his career when LeBron was not a consistent playoff threat. During the first two years of his career, he and the Cavaliers didn’t qualify for the playoffs. But during his third season, things saw a turnaround.
James and the Cavaliers would qualify for the 2006 playoffs after winning over 50 games for the first time in more than a decade. They would face Washington Wizards led by another superstar, Gilbert Arenas. Going into game six, the Cavs led the series three games to two, and the Wizards staring elimination at their home court.
The Wizards were up by a point when Arenas missed both of his free throws to give Cleveland the ball with 14 seconds remaining. And here stepped in a forgotten NBA Star who helped James achieve his first NBA Playoffs series win.
With 14 seconds remaining in the clock, the Cleveland coach Mike Brown sent in Damon Jones. Damon, at that point of his career, was an NBA vet who had gone point and been dismissed by eleven teams in the last six years. He had not played a single minute of that game until that point.
In what would be the game-winning shot, Jones would hit a jumper to give Cavs a one-point lead with 4.8 seconds remaining. The Cavs would go on to win the game from there.