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The Portland Trail Blazers won the game, but LeBron James won the night.
James’ posterization of Portland center Jusuf Nurkic on a vicious first-quarter slam sent the NBA landscape on tilt, starting with the way his teammates on the bench reacted.
LeBron James murdered Jusuf Nurkic!
2 different broadcasts + multiple angles pic.twitter.com/NXmGwMCHIO
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) March 16, 2018
Even James admitted after the 113-105 loss at Moda Center he appreciated the play, which destroyed (in a basketball sense) and man 10 years his junior and stands 7-feet tall — and was jumping as well on the play — and tips the scales at 280 pounds. Lest anyone forget, James is 33 years old and is in his 15th NBA season.
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) March 16, 2018
“I knew it was going to be a good one that’s going to be shown for a long time,” James said following the game. “I was more excited to look over and see how excited they were. That one will last forever. In my highlights for my career and even when I’m done.”
The reactions to the James’ facial on Nurkic were pretty much the same.
“I think it’s a body bag in the hallway right now,” Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson said, looking toward the locker room door. “That was nasty. That was one of the nastiest dunks I’ve ever seen.
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) March 16, 2018
“That was sick. That was crazy. That was one of the best dunks I’ve seen in my eyes. That was crazy.”
LeBron dunked on Nurkic so hard that a Blazer fan damn near threw up. pic.twitter.com/yFg69NhZQa
— realcavsfans.com (@realcavsfans) March 16, 2018
Cavaliers forward Jeff Green dropped a Black Panther reference when asked to describe the dunk.
“He’s on that Vibranium,” he quipped.
As for Nurkic, here’s where he ended up after being posterized by James.