CLEVELAND, Ohio — In the final deciding 15 seconds of the game, LeBron James made two key plays to help lift the Cleveland Cavaliers (31-22) to a 140-138 overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves (34-23) at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday.
James made a block on Jimmy Butler with less than five seconds left in overtime to keep the game tied at 138-138, before J.R. Smith (20 points) was able to retreive the rebound calling a time with one second left – setting up his heroic act of the night.
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With just a second left on the clock, Lebron James nailed a fadeaway jumper from the foulline over Jimmy Butler at the buzzer to win it for the Cavs. Lebron James collected his ninth triple-double of the season with 37 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds- 69th career triple-double. He also became Cleveland’s leader in points, rebounds and assists. He joins Michael Jordan and Kevin Garnett as the only players to lead their respective franchises in all three categories.
“It was a great win. We needed this after that tough night in Orlando,” James said. “Our guys stuck with it even though [the Timberwolves] were shooting the heck out of the ball. They shot 58 percent from the field, but we were still able to win.”
Jimmy Butler finished with 35 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Karl-Anthony Towns added 30 points and 10 rebounds. The Wolves face the Chicago Bulls on Friday.
“The way we’ve been playing, we needed that,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who was back on the bench after falling ill Tuesday night in Orlando. “He was very special.”
Isaiah Thomas had 13 and seven assists for the Cavs who will take on the Hawks friday in Atlanta.
Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post Sports