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June 19th, 2013
03:22 PM ET

LeBron loses headband, finds his mojo

Game 6 of the NBA finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs had it all.

There was an epic comeback and a clutch 3-point shot from the Heat’s Ray Allen to force overtime.

And of course, there was the moment when Lebron James lost his headband ... and found his mojo.

The casual sports fan may have failed to make the connection between the superstar athlete’s accessory and one of the greatest comebacks in NBA history.

But fans that have followed a sport understand why many believe the Spurs were destined to lose the instant “King James” lost his crown.

It happened with 8:59 left in the 4th quarter.

The Heat were down five, desperately trying to claw back from a deficit that once stood at 13 points.

And then, it was off with his headband.

Unlike in other games, James didn't bother hustling to put his trademark headband back on.

And some Heat fans say, thank goodness.

From that moment on, Lebron and his exposed hairline were unstoppable.

In just 14 minutes, the NBA superstar went on a 16-point tear, nearly matching the number of points he scored in the first three quarters combined.

Post-headband Lebron was 7 of 10 from the field with 2 assists.

It didn't take long for Twitter to catch on.

Sports Illustrated tweeted:

Sports writer Jason Gay from the Wall Street Journal made this comparison:

And @exavierpope summed up the headband-free Heat star like this:

After the Heat went on to win in overtime, extending the series to a decisive seventh game, the speculation began almost immediately.

Will Lebron or won't he don the most controversial sweat-catcher in sports history in game 7?

So why all the hysteria over a hair accessory?

Because in the superstitious world of obsessed sports fans and players, there are no coincidences.

Throughout history, players have gone to great lengths to control the outcome of a game, before it even begins.

Former Yankee's first basemen Jason Giambi admitted to wearing a gold lame' thong whenever he needed to get out of a hitting slump.

Tennis star Serena Williams fessed up to wearing the same pair of socks during a tournament to help extend her winning streak.

It’s gross but apparently effective for the gold medal winner and five-time Wimbledon champ.

The Mets have long resorted to rally caps, which are baseball caps turned inside out and backwards, to give their team the edge.

In the 1986 World Series against the Red Sox, a now classic photo was taken of Mets players in the dugout trying to summon a little rally cap magic.

It seems to have worked.

They went on to win the game and the series – in seven games!

Now, back to Lebron's headband dilemma.

He doesn’t exactly have the best track record for dealing with big decisions.

After all, remember the whole “taking my talents to South Beach” debacle?

But now that the Heat star is in the hot seat again.

Fans will just have to wait and see if he tries to clinch another NBA ring by letting his forehead do the dirty work.

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