LeBron James made a game-winning shot with 58 seconds remaining to ensure the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors and secured a place in the Western Conference play-offs.
James shot a 34-foot three-pointer to claim a 103-100 win despite struggling to see after a foul to the face.
Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry hit a buzzer beating three-pointer to give them a 55-42 lead at halftime. Forward Draymond Green defended Lakers forward Anthony Davis intensely, guard Dennis Schroder only scored two points.
The Lakers brought a new defensive energy in the second half, making seven steals and gaining a 12-point benefit from their eight turnovers in the third quarter. Defense secured the 103-100 win for the Lakers as the Warriors attempted to send an inbound pass to Curry and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made a steal.
James received treatment after he appeared to be poked in the eye by Draymond Green with two minutes left in the game.
He was given eye drops but admitted he was unable to focus on making the shot.
“I just shot at the middle rim and I was able to, with the grace from the man above, knock it down,” he said.
His team-mate Anthony Davis joked afterwards that the Lakers “might need to poke LeBron in his eye a lot more to hit shots like that”.
Stephen Curry scored 37 points but it was not enough for the Warriors, who must beat the
Memphis Grizzlies on Friday to advance.