LeBron James is still beating Kevin Durant. A jersey worn in Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Finals during the Miami Heat’s 105-94 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on June 12 in Oklahoma City sold for $33,333 on Tuesday night—more than double the high bid for Durant’s jersey from the same game. The price paid was more than what two James jerseys from last year’s Finals loss to Dallas sold for.
By comparison, last year the two Dirk Nowitzki Finals jerseys offered sold for $34,404 combined while the two James jerseys worn in a losing effort sold for a total of $30,300. Kobe Bryant’s Game One jersey from the 2010 Finals brought $29,520. A Kevin Garnett gamer from the ’08 title series sold for $20,270.
Durant’s home white Thunder top from Game One of this year’s championship series sold for $15,706 while attracting 14 bids.
In Game One, James played 45 minutes and registered 30 points with 4 assists and 9 rebounds in a Miami defeat. They roared back to win the next four games to take the NBA Championship. The jersey, a size 2XL+2 inches, is registered into the NBA and MeiGray Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program as are all of those sold through the NBA’s partner for game used gear.
Just a few weeks ago, a James jersey worn on Noche Latina night in March and bearing the “El Heat” wording on the front sold for $7,521.
As has been the custom, the NBA and MeiGray sold the game worn jerseys from the first night of this year’s Finals with an online auction that began June 13. A second auction of jerseys from Game 3 of the Finals is currently underway. By Tuesday, James’ home white shirt from that contest stood at $14,020 with bidding set to close Thursday night.