J.R. Smith on his mind-blowing possession at the end of the game: 'I knew we were tied'

Posted at 11:05 AM, Jun 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 11:15:39-04

JR Smith said he thought the Cavaliers were going to call a timeout when he grabbed the ball in the last few seconds of the fourth quarter, which is why he didn't take a critical and potentially game-winning shot with the score tied.

"It was a tie ballgame, and we had a timeout," Smith said. "I tried to get enough space in between us, obviously, Kevin Durant was standing right there. I tried to get enough space to bring it out to maybe get a shot off. And then I looked over at LeBron, and he looked like he was trying to call a timeout. So I stopped. And then the game was over," Smith said.

It sure was.

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After the clock ran out, Smith appeared to tell James "I thought we were ahead" in a video replay shown during the ABC broadcast of the game.

However, when he spoke to reporters after he said, "No, I knew we were tied."