CLEVELAND — LeBron James is no stranger to hitting game-winning shots in Cleveland.
And on Sunday night, he added another to his resume.
Serving as the captain for Team LeBron in the 2022 NBA All-Star Game, James sunk a fourth-quarter fadeaway to clinch a 163-160 victory for his team. Following the game, the four-time MVP took to Instagram to celebrate the shot with a callback to one of the most iconic moments of his career.
"CLEVELAND!!!!!!! This is for you. AGAIN," James captioned a video post of his game-winning shot. "What [an] ending to a beautiful weekend and night!!!"
James' caption, which included smiling face and winking face emojis, was an obvious reference to his celebration after he leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a Game 7 victory over the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals.
"Cleveland!" an emotional James famously shouted during the on-court postgame celebration. "This is for you!"
While James is currently a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Akron native seemingly served as the unofficial host of the NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland, where he played 11 seasons as a member of the Cavs. The 18-time All-Star even went as far as to say he was one of Cleveland's three representatives in the game, along with current Cavs Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen.
"Cleveland is very deserving of this platform and this moment," James said following the All-Star Game practice at Cleveland's Wolstein Center on Saturday. "I mean, they've got two All-Stars of their own in DG and the big fella, Jarrett Allen. And they've got another guy in the All-Star Game, and that's me."
Leading his team to an All-Star Game victory for a fifth straight year, James tallied 24 points, eight assists and six rebounds. All-Star MVP honors, however, went to another Akron-born player, as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry set an All-Star Game record with 16 three-pointers made while scoring a game-high 50 points for Team LeBron.