Video: LeBron James hits game-winner over Jimmy Butler
In a tight game that went into overtime, LeBron James was not about to fail his team a second time. After missing a potential game-winner in regulation, James received a pass from Cavs teammate Jeff Green at the foul line as he made a jumper at the buzzer.
The Cleveland Cavaliers won a nail-biter of a ball game, 140-138.
— NBA (@NBA) February 8, 2018
James finished the game with 37 points, 10 rebounds, and 15 assists, recording the 64th triple-double of his career. He also added one steal and one block.
The fourth quarter ended at 129-all after James missed a 3-pointer as time ran out.
In overtime with the game tied at 138-all, the Cavs called timeout after James blocked a shot at the other end by Jimmy Butler. Cavs Coach Tyronn Lue called a play for James to receive the ball at the free-throw line area. The ball would be inbounded by Green from the other end of the court as Cavs players were spread across the floor to give James more room to maneuver around Butler who was guarding him.
LeBron received a perfect pass from Green as he turned around, falling away from his defender to nail the game-winning shot. The entire Cavaliers lineup came over to James to congratulate him and to celebrate perhaps their biggest win of the season.
After suffering through a series of losses, many of them in embarrassing fashion, the Cavs needed a win like this to propel them forward heading into the All-Star break next week.
The Ohio-native was on fire as he made 16-of-22 shots from the field and 5-for-7 from the three-point line.