If you went to bed before the end of the Cavs game against Golden State early Saturday morning you can be forgiven. The game didn't go final until 1:20am local time.
But if you went to bed before the end of the Cavs against the Warriors early Saturday morning you missed an early candidate for Game of the Year honors.
It was certainly the finish of the year thus far.
LeBron James hit a step back 18-foot jumper over Ronny Turiaf with the backboard ringed in red and the clock down to zeroes to give the Cavs an incredible win over a Warrior team that played out of their minds nearly all night.
Stephen Jackson hit an assassin's jumper in the face of James with 6.4 seconds left to give Golden State a 105-104 lead. But after a near turnover on the inbound play that followed a Cavaliers timeout, James received the inbound pass from Mo Williams, feinted to the lane to give himself some space, then stepped back and measured the game winner that left his hand with .1 seconds left on the clock. The reserves exploded off the bench and celebrated the shot and the win that survived an official's replay review.
James led the Cavaliers with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists on the night. Williams added 14 points despite missing all 7 of his first half shots. Stephen Jackson and Cory Maggette led the Warriors with 24 and 23 points respectively and each pulled down 8 boards.
They Got Next
The Cavs get a little time for rest and recuperation following Saturday's game in Utah (9pm). They'll be home Tuesday to face the Sacramento Kings (7pm) before heading down to Orlando on Thursday for a big ball game with the Magic (8pm, TNT).