Thanks to Nowitzki: LeBron saves Cavs with Buzzerbeater
The Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate a thriller’s victory thanks to LeBron James. In the extra time James first shows a monster block and then imitates Dirk Nowitzki.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were numbered – and even superstar LeBron James had to face criticism after the team’s recent embarrassing introduction against Orlando Magic.
But a four-time MVP doesn’t let that sit on its head: With an unbelievable performance, James led the Cavaliers almost unilaterally to a thriller’s victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In a real offensive fireworks display the Cavs, thanks to James, won 140:138 after extra time and thus stopped their negative trend for the time being after two clapping in succession.
In extra time alone, James scored nine of the eleven Cleveland points, and he also gave the assist to the other two points. In the end James even managed a triple double with 37 points, 15 assists and ten rebounds.
But his performance became really heroic in the last seconds of the extra time: After James had equalized 24 seconds before the end, the Timberwolves got the chance to win.
Jimmy Butler, who had shown an outstanding game so far, wanted to make Minnesota’s success perfect 1.3 seconds to go, but a monster block from James prevented it.
The Cavs got the rebound and after the timeout they were thrown in exactly one second before the end. He found James, who was closely covered by Butler.
But it was with the famous “Dirk-Move” – the fadeaway invented by Nowitzki and his mentor Holger Geschwindner – that James gained the necessary space and pocketed the ball in the basket with the clock running out.