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january 26, 2013 • 10:26 AM

Fan gets bear hug from LeBron after making half-court shot

Ever since winning the NBA title to get the pressure off his back, LeBron James has reemerged as the joyous player he was when he entered into the league. His love for the game was no clearer than when he surprised a Miami Heat fan with a bear hug and tackle during MIami's game against the Pacers.

The lucky fan, Michael Drysch, won $75,000 after winning a contest run by James' foundation, between periods. He was then blindsided by a joyous LeBron tackling him to the ground in celebration.

LeBron james will match the $75,000 to be donated to Boys and Girls Club of America.

James watched from the bench, and when the shot swished in, he happily sprinted toward Drysch and embraced him, and both tumbled to the court.

"Nice way to meet somebody," Drysch said. "I can't believe it."

The long shot was a long shot, especially given Drysch's shooting form.

"When he wound up I was like, 'Oh no, there's no way,'" James said. "When it dropped, that was awesome. I would have probably air-balled that one in that situation."

Drysch said he practiced the shot and made "maybe 1 percent."

"That was crazy," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "The place erupted. It was like it was when we won the finals."

Coach Erik Spoelstra was drawing up a play in front of the Heat bench when Drysch sank his shot.

"I heard the eruption, and I turned and I saw LeBron absolutely tackle him," Spoelstra said.

"I had no idea what was going on. That fan, while he'll love the $75,000, having that on video — LeBron James tackling you at half court in front of 20,000 — I think will be the longer-lasting memory."

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