Watch LeBron tackle the guy who hit a half-court shot for $75,000
The Heat's 110-88 victory against the Pistons on Friday night had plenty of highlights but none was bigger than the half-court shot a sweepstakes winner knocked down during a third-quarter timeout.
Michael Drysch of McHenry, Ill., made the unlikely basket with a half-armed hook shot and was immediately tackled by LeBron James, who apparently was more interested in the exhibition shot than the play Erik Spoelstra was drawing up during the timeout. James wasn't in the game at the time, so he charged Drysch and took him to the ground with a hug.
The shot, sponsored by Carmex, earned Drysch $75,000. Carmex will also donate $75,000 to James' charity, which supports the Boys and Girls Club. Drysch was randomly selected from 30,000 people to attempt the shot. He practiced the hook shot for a few days before flying to Miami. He said he used a hook shot because that's the only way he could reach the rim from midcourt. A computer technician, Drysch grew up a Bulls fan but might now change his allegiance after Friday night.
The shot came after the Heat had already blown the game open. The Heat trailed 31-30 entering the second quarter, but the Heat dominated the second period and then distanced itself from the Pistons in the second half.
Wade had 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting in the second quarter. He finished with 29 points, going 12 of 20 from the field. Wade has scored 91 points in his last three games.
James had 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. The Heat now begins a nine-day, four-game road trip, which begins in Boston on Sunday. It will be Ray Allen's first game in TD Garden since signing with the Heat in the offseason. The Heat has won four straight games.