LeBron James may not have won the 2018 MVP, but he did win the play of the year at the NBA Awards on Monday night.
In the fan-voted category, fans picked between the clutch shot of the year, the assist of the year (also from James), the block of the year, the dunk of the year and the handle of the year.
The honor came for James’ buzzer-beating, fadeaway jumper over Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler back on Feb. 7. The Cavs won the game 140-138 in overtime:
.@KingJames' fall-away buzzer-beater wins the 2017-2018 NBA PLAY of the Year! #NBAAwards pic.twitter.com/R5U9hIfhP6— NBA (@NBA) June 26, 2018
Along with the buzzer-beater, that game was certainly defined by the fact that it was the final contest for the first version of the 2017-18 Cavs. The next time James took the floor on Feb. 9 against the Hawks, half of his supporting cast had been traded away at the deadline the day prior.