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LeBron James gets poked in eye, then hits 3-pointer to send Lakers to OT vs. Spurs

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LeBron James just hit his first clutch shot in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform Monday night.

Monday night at Staples Center, the Lakers battled the feisty San Antonio Spurs. The Lakers trailed the Spurs 40-26 after the first quarter, and LeBron James didn’t score in the quarter, marking the first time in 321 days that has occurred.

But in typical James fashion, LeBron saved his best for last, and he did it after getting poked in the eye.

Down three, James hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key right in the face of Spurs forward Rudy Gay to send the game into overtime. Staples Center was buzzing after The King hit the 3.

This figures to be just the first of many clutch shots LeBron James will hit this season. The clutch gene was something that lacked in James’ game earlier in his career. He developed it over time, and now The King has to be regarded as one of the most clutch players in the game. To hit the shot after getting poked in the eye is pretty impressive, too.

Unfortunately for James and the Lakers, they are now 0-3 on the season. After two missed free throws by James with the Lakers up one in overtime, Spurs guard Patty Mills hit a jumper which put San Antonio up two. LeBron then missed a step back jump shot at the buzzer.

Free throws have always been LeBron James’ Achilles heel. He’s never shot over 80 percent from the charity stripe in his legendary career. It’s one of the main reasons many believe LeBron doesn’t drive to the basket more in crunch time. Pundits think James is too scared to go to the free throw line in clutch moments.

For a while there, it looked like the Lakers were going to get their first win of the year. Laker nation is still waiting for that first elusive win in the LeBron James era.