CLEVELAND -- There was plenty of drama surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, and this time around, it was reserved to the action on the court.
With just one second remaining in the first overtime against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Cavaliers forward Jeff Green triggered the inbounds pass from the sideline in the backcourt to LeBron James at the opposite free-throw line.
After catching the pass from Green, James spun to his left, raised up over the defender and fired a shot that went in just as the buzzer sounded and delivered the Cavaliers to a 140-138 victory over the Timberwolves that brought fans inside Quicken Loans Arena to their feet in celebration.
A WINE & GOLD WALKOFF WINNER pic.twitter.com/WjzmLrBTsl— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) February 8, 2018
!!! ICE IN HIS VEINS !!! pic.twitter.com/DjYb1wzprn— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) February 8, 2018
The buzzer-beating winner was far from the only late-game heroics James came through with against Minnesota.
Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler was driving to the basket against Cedi Osman with seven seconds remaining in the overtime period and attempted a shot. However, James came over from the opposite side of the key after Butler released the ball and blocked the shot before it had a chance to get to the rim.
The Cavaliers controlled the loose ball and called a timeout to set up the final possession of the game.
BLOCKED BY JAMES pic.twitter.com/WBWqFOgXE8— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) February 8, 2018
With the Cavaliers down by three points, 136-133, and 1:57 remaining in overtime, James pulled up for a step-back three-pointer from in front of Minnesota’s bench and despite a closeout from Karl-Anthony Towns, buried the game-tying shot.
NAILED IT. pic.twitter.com/KTNiXa9rk3— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) February 8, 2018
One night after not having an assist or rebound in the second half of a blowout loss in Orlando, James made or assisted on all five of the Cavaliers’ baskets in overtime.
In 48 minutes of action against the Timberwolves, leaders of the Northwest Division, James converted 16 of his 22 attempts, including a five-for-seven showing from three-point range on the way to game-high 37 points.
Additionally, James handed out 15 assists, pulled down 10 rebounds, stole one pass and blocked a shot in a winning effort.
It was James’ 64th career triple-double and his ninth of the season.