Mike Muscala pays the price for this dunk over LeBron James

If "high-flying Mike Muscala" means nothing to you, then just refer to the highlight clip below.


That’s Muscala, a 6-foot-11 Hawks forward out of Bucknell, soaring past LeBron James and Tristan Thompson to hammer home a putback dunk Tuesday night. Sweet move, but he didn’t stick the landing and his tailbone paid the price.

However, Muscala stayed in the game. LeBron, who’s had young guys trying to put him on posters frequently this season, clearly was spooked by the sheer athleticism. James stumbled to a two-point first half on 1-of-6 shooting.

Then he snapped out of it and scored 16 in the third quarter to get the Cavs back in the game. But the Hawks held on for a 110-106 win, handing the defending champs their first loss of the season.