James in crunch time
How James performs when the pressure is on in crunch time has been an issue recently. He has never hit a game-winning shot, while a contemporary like Carmelo Anthony has already made five. Actually, James has made two buzzer-beating shots to send games into overtime, both on 3-pointers last season against the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls. Also, 22 percent of James’ shots are taken with four seconds or less on the shot clock, when the pressure is on, and he makes 46 percent of those shots.
James averages 6.8 points in the fourth quarter, one of the NBA leaders. In the last five minutes with neither team leading by more than five– aka crunch time — James averages about four points and shoots 49 percent, both near the top of the league.