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LeBron James stat proves clutch gene as he chases Lakers icon Kobe Bryant’s all-time record

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For any haters who claim that LeBron James isn’t clutch, you might wanna show them the numbers. The Los Angeles Lakers star has the second most final-minute clutch shots in NBA history, behind who else but Kobe Bryant.

With his latest go-ahead bucket to beat the Golden State Warriors, King James now has 97 such shots, just four shy of Lakers icon Kobe Bryant’s all-time NBA mark.

If you ask LeBron himself, he’d tell you that one shot should’ve counted for three, as he supposedly was having triple vision from the ill-effects of a Draymond Green poke to the eye earlier in the game.

“After Draymond’s finger to the eye, I was literally seeing three rims out there. I just shot for the middle one,” the Lakers star said during his postgame interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.

Blurry vision or not, that shot was still an insanely clutch one from LeBron James. He drilled a 35-footer in the face of Stephen Curry of all people, the man who mastered that long-range bomb.

Thanks to LeBron James’ heroics, the Lakers have locked in their playoff berth as the seventh seed against the second seed Phoenix Suns. Despite not having home-court the Lakers are still seen as heavy favorites to win the series. But as James and Co. saw first hand in the play-in tournament, they’re clearly not invincible.