2/8/2018 9:01:22 AM

James guides embattled Cavaliers to a 140-138 win over Timberwolves

James guides embattled Cavaliers to a 140-138 win over Timberwolves

Los Angeles: LeBron James drained a fadeaway jump shot at the buzzer in overtime on Wednesday to lift the embattled Cleveland Cavaliers to a 140-138 NBA victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

James finished with 37 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds for his ninth triple double of the season and the 64th of his career.

With a second to go in overtime, he produced a crucial block of a shot by Jimmy Butler and after a timeout, the Cavaliers had a chance to bring the ball inbounds.

Jeff Green threw it down to the foul line where James caught it, turned and beat Butler with the game-winner.

It was a much-needed win for a Cavs team in turmoil, having lost their last two games by a total of 50 points -- including a humiliating 116-98 loss to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.

"It was a great win for us," James said. "We needed this after that tough loss last night."

The Cavaliers are now 7-13 since Christmas. Their struggles have been so severe that James was even asked if he would consider waiving his no-trade clause if the team could make a deal for him by Thursday's trade deadline.

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