LeBron after go-ahead 3-pointer vs. Raptors: 'That's what I came here for'

David Richard / USA Today Sports

Sometimes it feels like stars in today's NBA swap teams with the express purpose of hitting backbreaking daggers against the Toronto Raptors

"That's why they got me here!" howled then-Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce after hitting a game-sealing fadeaway against the Raptors in Game 1 of last year's Eastern Conference quarterfinal. 

On Tuesday night, after hitting a go-ahead (and ultimately game-winning) 3-pointer to cap a furious Cavaliers comeback over the Raps, LeBron James let fly a similar revelation.

From ESPN's Dave McMenamin

The crowd went bananas, and so did James for a split second. He yelled something to the packed stands as he ran back toward the bench after a Toronto timeout. 

What was he saying? 

"I don't know," James said. "It's the heat of the battle. It was a good shot." 

He knew, of course. It wasn't your run-of-the mill celebratory scream. There was a message he wanted to share. 

Didn't I see you saying, "That's what I came here for?" I asked James after most of the media had dispersed. 

"Yeah," James said with a smile. "Yeah, that's what I said." 

Apparently, LeBron's purpose has never been a mystery to Cavaliers head coach David Blatt. 

"I know what LeBron is here for," Blatt said. "And I know why he's here. Because he wants to be. So maybe that effort that you saw and maybe what he laid out there tonight for his team and for his fans sort of speaks to that." 

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