With just under 14 seconds left in the third quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat, Indiana All-Star Paul George isolated up top against Heat star LeBron James. He then promptly left the reigning MVP in the dust with a slick hesitation and quick left-hand dribble, gained the paint, gathered, rose and viciously clipped the wings of "The Birdman," Chris Andersen:
Just one problem, Paul: You left a little too much time on the clock before the end of the quarter.
A mammoth posterization followed by a 29-foot 3-pointer at the horn to bring the score back within two points heading into the deciding fourth quarter. Not a bad 15 seconds of basketball, huh?
Even better? After the end of the quarter, James called out to George before the two headed back to their respective benches for a quick handshake:
This was my immediate, measured, nuanced reaction:
THE NBA IS FREAKING AWESOME
— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) May 25, 2013
I stand by it.