Tonight’s Timberwolves-Cavaliers game was stupidly fun on several fronts—an NBA record 40 three-pointers, for one thing; a total of 34 lead changes, for another—but the fact that it ended with an insane series of LeBron James plays, each more dazzling than the last, was maybe the most fun of all.
First was evading Karl-Anthony Towns for a driving layup, tying the game with 24 seconds remaining in overtime. In other circumstances, that might have ended up feeling like a game-changer; here, it was more or less a forgettable intro. Because it was followed by this, a monstrous and soul-crushing block of Jimmy Butler that kept the game tied with just two seconds to play:
And then by this, a buzzer-beating game-winner if you’ve ever seen one:
The Cavaliers are still, in all likelihood, the same drama-filled mess that they were ten hours ago. But forget that until tomorrow morning. For now, just watch that block again.