The sequence drew comparions to the Harlem Globetrotters. The sheer improbability of the hoop rendered James incapable of doling out unqualified credit.
“Tony did everything wrong and did everything right in the same possession,” James said. “He stumbled two or three times, he fell over … he got up and went under my arm. I got a great contest and he even double-pumped and barely got it off. That was the longest 24 seconds that I’ve been a part of.”
Where this shot falls in the canon of huge Finals shots will be determined, in part, by how the rest of the series plays out. History tends to be written by and about the winners. Should the Heat restore order, Parker’s shot could eventually head in the direction of novelty. Should the Spurs go on to win the series, though, it seems unlikely that there will be a more iconic “David slays Goliath” moment than this one, with Parker reducing James to begrudging respect and a rueful reference to the shot clock. This one could last a long, long time.