Trying to single out a career-defining moment for Miami Heat forward LeBron James is about as easy as trying to settle the Magic vs. Bird debate between a Lakers fan and a Celtics fan. Without even digging into old highlight reels and box scores, NBA fans will quickly remember James’ 48-point performance against the Pistons in the 2007 playoffs, his game-winning three-pointer against the Magic in the 2009 playoffs and his first NBA title with the Heat last season.

On par with all of those Hall-of-Fame caliber moments? “LeBlock.”

Miami was already well on the way to a Game 2 win in the NBA Finals Sunday night when James came up with the defensive play of the year. Trailing 86-68 with less than nine minutes to go, Spurs center Tiago Splitter took a pass from guard Tony Parker and headed for the hoop. The 6-foot-11 Splitter then corked the ball back and prepared for an emphatic slam.

Enter LeBron.

James’ stuff sent both the crowd and the game’s announcers into a frenzy, with veteran ABC broadcaster Mike Breen calling it “One of the great blocks you will ever see.”

Monday morning, on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio, Adam Schein further put James’ all-time play into perspective.

“That was the ultimate exclamation point. That was the ultimate moment of, ‘We’re better than you,’” Schein. “That was a jaw-to-the-ground, he-did-what? kind of moment.”

Schein, the host of Schein on Sports, was also impressed by the timing of James’ block, saying, “A lot of players, up that much, won’t contest that shot because of their ego.”

You can listen to Schein’s full thoughts on LeBron below, and catch Schein each morning at 10 am ET on SiriusXM channel 86.

The Heat went on to beat the Spurs, 103-84. Game 3 is Tuesday at 9 pm ET in San Antonio. You can listen to the action live starting at 8:30 pm ET on Sirius channels 84 and 85.

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