LeBron celebrates dagger over Steph with one-word Instagram

LeBron James, Steph Curry

LeBron James and Steph Curry wrote the latest chapter in their epic rivalry Wednesday night, when James' Los Angeles Lakers downed the Warriors 103-100 in their NBA play-in tournament bout at Staples Center.

The Warriors led for most of the night, but sloppy second-half play let the Lakers back into the game and James buried a desperation 34-foot 3-pointer over Curry with 58.2 seconds remaining which proved to be the difference.

James marked his dagger over Curry with an Instagram post after the game.

After the loss, which sent the Warriors to a win-or-go-home matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, Curry likened James' shot to the one Kyrie Irving hit over him in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. 

"Well, I've seen it before about five years ago," Curry said after the loss. "I know what it's like. This one I was a little further away, so I didn't feel too bad about it."

All the two-time MVP could do was tip his cap to James.

"It's a great shot," Curry said. "Broken play. I sunk in thinking he was kind of out of the play and they found him. He got his balance just in time and knocked it down. That was a tough one because you don't really expect it to go in.

"You expect us to get the rebound, come down in transition and have a possession to take the lead, but everything changes when it goes in. All-time great players make great shots. That's what happens."

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James told ESPN's Rachel Nichols that the miracle shot over Curry was made even more difficult by the fact that he was having trouble seeing after taking a finger to the eye from Draymond Green a few minutes before.

"After [Draymond Green's] finger to the eye, I was literally seeing three rims out there," James told Nichols. "I just shot for the middle one."

The Lakers earned the No. 7 seed with the win and now will face the Phoenix Suns in Round 1 of the NBA playoffs. The Warriors must beat the Grizzlies on Friday to earn the No. 8 seed and a date with the Utah Jazz, or else their season is over.

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