LeBron James has been cleared for takeoff.
After looking to facilitate the Miami Heat offense early in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, James took a more assertive -- and airborne -- role in the attack in the second quarter. Thanks in parts to James' 12 second quarter points, the Heat took a 52-37 lead into the intermission.
Perhaps none of his points were as impressive as the pair James scored by way of an alley-oop dunk. With James out running in transition, Norris Cole lofted a pass toward the rim. James soared and slammed the ball home to stake Miami to a 33-27 lead.
"Throw it to the sky and let me finish," TNT analyst Reggie Miller narrated during a replay.
Here is a closer look at how close James came to smacking his head on the rim:
And, because it's the Internet, here is your GIF of the slam: