Utah Jazz: How will the Jazz fare after thrilling win?
Fans didn't need to adjust their TV sets. That indeed was Korver who blocked one of James' shots off the backboard in the second quarter.
"I don't think I was up there really that high," a smiling Korver explained, "but the timing was right and Deron cut him off and (James) had to try to lay it in. I jumped off my good leg and was able to get a little piece of it."
Don't forget about the behind-the-back pass to Carlos Boozer for a layup, either.
In other words, this wasn't your typical 39th game of the season.
"I think what makes it even better is the whole story," Korver said.
Rewind to earlier in the game and recall that Kirilenko left with a hyperextended knee and Williams exited at the beginning of the fourth quarter after respraining his right wrist.
Then there were the incredible momentum shifts.
Cleveland went up by 12, but Utah then rallied to a 13-point lead with 4:39 to go. Then James exploded for 18 of his 36 points in a late 20-2 spurt, and the Cavaliers suddenly led again by six, 91-85, with 32.5 seconds remaining.
Oh, yeah, and that's when Boozer fouled out.
"Our not-die attitude (Thursday), it was strong," Paul Millsap said. "You seen a lot of hearts out there, guys played well down the stretch and we didn't quit."
And they saved their wildest for the final 29 seconds.
First, Ronnie Price atoned for an earlier turnover that led to James' 3-pointer by drilling his own long ball. Shortly after, he and Millsap each sank two free throws.
Meanwhile, Cleveland's Anthony Parker and Zydrunas Ilguaskas missed 3-of-6 freebies in the last 22 seconds. Then Mo Williams fouled out and Gaines was subbed back in to foul someone quickly and not so he could hit a game-winner.
All of which led up to those final sweet shots by Korver and Gaines, the now-famous 23-year-old who had helped spark a 15-0 run earlier in the quarter.
"Not the way you'd draw it up," Korver admitted.
James going "nuts" in the fourth? And big runs by both sides?
Those parts, Korver said, were believable.
All the rest of the wackiness just made it all the sweeter.
"You'd believe a lot of it until the very end, but to hit the shots that we hit, then the missed free throws? A lot of things had to work out and they did," Korver said. "And (Gaines) hit a big shot at the end, and it was a really fun game."
Even Sloan couldn't help but celebrate like something special had just happened. And it had.
"I was thrilled to death," the Hall of Fame coach said. "That's a once-in-a-lifetime thing for just about anybody. There aren't a lot of Michael Jordans around."
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