What happened Wednesday night in Cleveland will be remembered for quite some time — in quite different ways.
Cavs fans will never forget yet another mind-boggling addition to the loonngg list of late-game LeBron James heroics, drawing specific memories of a similar jaw-dropper he hit against Orlando in 2009. Pacers faithful will be talking about it … very, very differently, and probably not with language we can include.
Here’s a two-minute oral history of how James’ incredible block/blatant goaltend and game-winning 3-pointer played out.
VICTOR OLADIPO, PACERS STAR WHO’S SURE IT WAS A GOALTEND: I got a step on him. Felt like I even got grabbed on the way to the rim. I tried to shoot a layup, it hit the backboard, then he blocked it. … It was a goaltend. It’s hard to even speak on it. It just sucks, honestly. It really sucks.
JAMES: As a kid, you always have those “three-two-one” moments, and it being able to have one of those moments. That’s what it kind of felt like. Felt like I was a kid all over again. Just playing basketball at my house, makeshift hoops and my socks as a basketball. Making the [swish] noise.
“What can I do? I can’t fix that,” Gregorius said with a chuckle. “It’s all over Twitter and all over the place.”
Gregorius hit an RBI single for a 2-1 lead in the third inning and pulled a changeup just inside the right-field foul pole and into the second deck for a 5-1 margin in the fifth, chasing Jose Berrios (2-2). Gregorius had three hits, raising his average to .347, and has homered in three straight games.
“It’s fun to hit in front of a guy like that. I’ve just got to get on first base,” said Aaron Judge, who hit his seventh home run and was a triple short of the cycle.
Gregorius also has 15 walks and a 1.229 OPS. He had 25 walks all of last season and his career high is 37 in 2013.
“Everybody knows that I don’t walk that much,” he said. “I’m learning, try to lay off of those pitches and try to get on base for the next guy.”
Gary Sanchez homered twice as the Yankees went deep four times for the second straight night, and Gleyber Torres had a pair of hits and his first RBI. New York extended a winning streak to four for the first time under new manager Aaron Boone and sent the Twins to their season-worst fifth consecutive loss.
A night after a 14-1 drubbing, New York beat Minnesota for the sixth straight time and improved to 27-9 against the Twins at new Yankee Stadium, including the playoffs.
“I’ve always heard it talked about that the Yankees play well against them, but I think that’s a year-to-year thing,” Boone said.