Video: Heat's LeBron James blocks Spurs' Tiago Splitter in slow motion

Monday June 10th, 2013

LeBron James -- who else? -- had the play of the night during Miami's 103-84 triumph over San Antonio in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.

The 2013 MVP rose high to swat Spurs center Tiago Splitter early in the fourth quarter.

“Basically, I told myself, you’ll end up on SportsCenter one way or another, either getting dunked on going to get a block,” James said. “Luckily I was on the good side of the Top 10.”

Well, he made a few YouTube clips, too. Above, check out the immaculate rejection in super slow-motion courtesy of the NBA's Phantom Cam. Below, check out the block from every conceivable angle.

James finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and three steals in Miami's Game 2 victory, which evened the series at one game apiece.

Now seems like a good time to remind everyone that James was the runner-up in this year's Defensive Player of the Year voting, and he wasn't overly thrilled with finishing second to Grizzlies center Marc Gasol. This block isn't a bad way to kick off his 2014 Defensive Player of the Year campaign, is it?

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