LeBron James showed off his photographic memory again by perfectly recalling 3 straight plays to describe how the Celtics crushed the Cavs

  • The Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers by 25 points in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday.
  • After the game, LeBron James was asked to describe a turning point in the game when the Celtics pulled away, and he robotically described three straight possessions, blow-by-blow.
  • James' photographic memory is legendary.


The Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-83, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday.

After trailing by as much as 28 points in the game, the Cavs cut the Celtics lead to 14 going into the fourth quarter, only for the Celtics to rebound by scoring seven quick points to push the lead back to 21. They cruised to the win from there.

After the game, LeBron James, who was an unusual -32 for the contest, was asked about the Celtics' seven-point run and what he saw. James answered by perfectly recalling the three straight possessions that seemed to put the game away.

"The first possession we ran them down all the way to two [seconds left] on the shot clock," James said. "Marcus Morris missed a jump shot, he followed it up, they got a dunk.

"We came back down, we ran a set for Jordan Clarkson, and he came off and missed it. They rebounded it. We came back down on the defensive end, and we got a stop. They took it out on the sideline. Jayson Tatum took the ball out, threw it to Marcus Smart in the short corner, he made a three.

"We come back down, miss another shot, and then Tatum came down, went 94 feet, did a Eurostep, and made a right-hand layup. Timeout."

Afterward, James just shrugged.

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If there was any doubt that James was correct, here's a glimpse of the play-by-play during that stretch, via NBA.com/Stats:

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James has displayed his perfect memory before. Last year during the playoffs, while praising the play of then-Cavs backup guard Deron Williams, James instantly recalled several straight possessions, in detail, of how Williams impacted the game.

Likewise, former Cavs GM David Griffin recently told Bill Simmons that he once saw James tell a Toronto Raptors player what play the Raptors were supposed to be running. Griffin compared James to a computer taking in information.

Watch James' answer below:

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The best photos from the Celtics-Cavaliers Eastern Conference Finals
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks the ball in the second half against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 19, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against Aron Baynes #46 of the Boston Celtics in the second half during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 19, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics in the first half during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 19, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots the ball against Marcus Morris #13 of the Boston Celtics in the first half during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 19, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 15: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics and JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers get into an altercation in the second half during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 15: LeBron James #23 and Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers react on the bench in the second half against the Boston Celtics during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 15: Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics reacts after dunking the ball in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers attempts a shot past Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics during the second quarter in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket past Kevin Love #0 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the third quarter in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
May 13, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts to not getting a foul called during the third quarter of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
May 13, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) attempts a layup against the Boston Celtics during the third quarter in game one of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
May 13, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) is guarded by Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) during the first quarter of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts from the bench late in the fourth quarter in his teams loss to the Boston Celtics in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-83. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Boston Celtics Al Horford hauls in an offensive rebound with pressure from Cleveland Cavaliers George Hill during third quarter action. The Boston Celtics hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Final Playoff series at TD Garden in Boston on May 13, 2018. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: JR Smith #5 and Jordan Clarkson #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers react to their teams loss to the Boston Celtics in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-83. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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