Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers pulled out a 140-138 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

1. It was the kind of drama the struggling Cavs needed.

2. Not the cryptic tweet or finger-pointing kind, but a much-needed victory decided by the greatest player in the game going against one of the best two-way players in the game.

3. With a second left in overtime and 33-year-old LeBron James desperately wanting to avoid another extra period after playing 48 hard-fought minutes.

4. So Jeff Green threw the inbounds pass over 7-footer Karl-Anthony Towns into the perfect pocket for James. Guarded by Jimmy Butler at the foul line, James pushed off on Butler to get some space, then hit a turnaround jumper that beat the buzzer.

5. “I was happy that Swish was able to get that timeout with a second left,” James said. It would have been Kevin Love making that entry pass, but Jeff as strong as he is and a pretty good accurate passer, especially with a baseball pass. T-Lue drew up something great. They couldn’t take a body off Kyle (Korver) and I was able to get a good rip screen and then just tried to sit down and not allow Jimmy to get around me. Once I caught it, just trusted everything I’ve done in my career. That’s just the work ethic I’ve put into it and knock it down.”

6. Green had fun describing what was going through his mind on his inbounds pass.

7. “I was just trying not to turn the ball over,” he said. “The play was to get LeBron the ball. I just tried to throw it to the open spot and he went and got it and made the play.”

8. As for throwing it over Towns, Green joked, “I did the science, wet the finger trying to figure out the trajectory. I put a good spin on it and dropped it right in the spot it needed to be in.”

9. Green said there was no second option if James was double covered.

10. “Naw. Get out of the way and let him do what he does,” he said of James.

11. It certainly seemed like a long second. We will see if the clock operator’s slow trigger finger makes the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report.

12. It was James’ 20th career game-winning shot in the last 20 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime (regular season and postseason).

13. But there were deeper implications considering James’ sub-par January and recent malaise that seemed to be sending a message to owner Dan Gilbert that the Cavs need to get him more help before Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. Even after beating the Timberwolves after falling to them by 28 in Minneapolis, the Cavs are just 7-13 since Christmas.

14. “The way we’ve been playing we needed that from him tonight -- for him to be special. He was very special,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of James.

15. That wasn’t the only special James moment.

16. After a timeout with 24 seconds left in overtime, Butler held the ball for the final shot, then drove to the basket against Cavs rookie Cedi Osman. James came from the weak side to help and blocked Butler’s shot, with J.R. Smith grabbing the rebound and calling timeout.

17. “He was playing really good tonight,” Osman said of Butler, who poured in 35 points. “I tried to stop him and Bron got my back. When you’re a team, that’s what your team players do. This win is very important for us.”

18. James said the Cavs knew coming out of the timeout what they were doing against the T-Wolves’ pick-and-roll.

19. “They got the switch and Jimmy, the All-Star that he is, and he showed that tonight, I figured he would try to break down Cedi,” James said. “I just tried to time it at the right time and use my athleticism and try not to knock it out of bounds. That was the thing. Cedi did a great job of not giving Jimmy a clear-cut shot at the rim, even though he was making that shot all night tonight.”

20. After the victory, James chest-bumped Osman, then Tristan Thompson before being mobbed by teammates.

21. It was one of the few moments of joy this season, on par with Smith’s diving steal with 3:05 left in a seven-point victory at Washington or Channing Frye’s putback dunk in the second quarter of a home victory over Detroit.

22. Lue thought the Cavs needed the celebration that followed James’ shot.

23. “It’s big for camaraderie,” Lue said. “When you make a big shot like that and the whole team is running the floor, chest bumping, that’s a great sign. That’s how we got to be. I think we got to enjoy the game more. I know there’s a lot of talk and a lot of stuff out there media-wise, but all in all we live a great life. Just got to have fun and enjoy the game of basketball, something that we’ve loved to do since birth. Just got to enjoy and have fun, lay it all on the line, play hard and then you live with the results.”

24. Green said that was a topic of conversation before the game.

25. “I think when you’re in a rut and things are not going well and media and everybody is talking about, ‘What’s going on?’ you get caught up in it,” Green said. “And then you start thinking about it too much and you forget about the passion and what brought you to the game and that’s having fun with it. And we lost it for a bit, but tonight we came out and wanted to just have fun. Play through everything and play with some pace and I think we did a great job of that, with sticking with it, even though we faced a little adversity when they made their runs.”

26. The Cavs were also cognizant of the fact that they came into the ESPN-televised game 0-8 when on national television.

27. While Isaiah Thomas said the Cavs needed a victory like this, he wasn’t sure it was a turning point.

28. “We needed something like that just to feel good about ourselves. We’ve been in a real tough slump, the whole month of January, and the last couple games,” Thomas said. “It was good to see it work out in our favor, now we just gotta build on it. I don’t think we proved nothing. I just think we’re a better team than what we showed. Even tonight we feel like we could’ve played a better game.”

29. Asked if it could jump start the Cavs, Thomas said, “It could. I mean any game like this, especially against a really good team like the Timberwolves, gives us confidence. We gotta try to get on a streak and build some momentum going into All-Star.”

30. Thomas may not have been thrilled that in the final minute, Lue subbed him out on defense for Osman. But he conceded that Osman “gives us something we don’t have.”

31. “What do they say we’re the oldest team in the league?” Thomas said on his 29th birthday. “We don’t play with that much energy. So to have somebody like that, that rubs off on everybody. Even with the times we do practice, he’s the most energized guy, so he deserves it. I’m glad he got his time today and he helped us out. I know he can help in the future, so we’ll see what coach does.”

32. Green is a huge fan of Osman.

33. “Cedi, that’s my guy. It’s wonderful to see him out there,” Green said. “He loves playing basketball. The enthusiasm he brings, the effort, the passion that he brings to the game is what we needed. Especially tonight. And he plays hard. You got to love it.

34. “For a rookie, he plays so poised. He made some big plays. Some good defensive stops tonight. And you just love to see how hard he’s worked to be in that position to go out there and succeed and when he’s putting in the work, it’s going to pay off in the end. He’s going to continue to get minutes and he’s going to be out there with us. So, I’m going to support him and make sure he’s doing the right thing.”

35. James said he loves Osman’s energy and liked that he was in a rotation with him and Green.

36. “We’re a team that has to have a lot of energy on the floor. Myself and Jeff and Cedi, we do that, we bring a lot of energy to the game,” James said. “He’s going to make mistakes, which is OK, but his purity of the game is infectious to our team. He hasn’t been in many situations, so he’s not even going to trip about what’s going on. He’s going to play his game. And he’s been in professional basketball since he was 14 years old, so he plays the game the right way.”

37. Lue said he’s got to find minutes for Osman, who played 211/2 minutes, his second-most of the season. Osman finished with nine points, four rebounds and a steal. His plus/minus was plus 7, tied for best on the team with Kyle Korver (14 points, two rebounds and an assist in 19 minutes).

38. “I gotta keep playing him. I mean, he brings a lot. He can guard 1s, 2s and 3s. He knows the coverages, he’s in the right spot defensively all the time and offensively he can make plays,” Lue said of Osman. “He can run the floor and can catch and go. For a rookie he really understands how to play the game.”

39. Thoughts now turn to the trade deadline.

40. Shams Charania said on a Yahoo! Sports podcast that the Cavs are going to be aggressive and Clippers’ 6-11 center DeAndre Jordan is their No. 1 target. Charania said the Cavs would give up a player like J.R. Smith or Tristan Thompson and their own first-round pick for Jordan, but “those scenarios just aren’t in play right now.”

41. A move like that might come down to the deadline.

42. There is also speculation that Thomas could be dealt because of his expiring contract, his slow improvement from a torn labrum in his right hip and locker room issues ignited by his presence, including his confrontation with Kevin Love after Love went home from a game with a migraine.

43. Thomas said he doesn’t want to be traded. Since he was drafted in 2011, Thomas has been traded three times: from Sacramento to Phoenix, from Phoenix to Boston and from Boston to Cleveland on Aug. 22.

44. “I’m tired of being traded. That’s not a good thing,” Thomas said. “But I just want to be where I’m wanted. I like it here. It hasn’t been as planned, but I definitely want to be here. We definitely have a real chance to win an NBA championship and I want to be a part of that.”