Though they wouldn’t go on to play in the Super Bowl, the Minnesota Vikings made arguably the play of the NFL playoffs when Stefon Diggs inexplicably broke free down the sideline as New Orleans Saints defenders literally tripped over one another en route to a walk-off touchdown in the divisional round.
While the stakes in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ game on Sunday night—a regular season matchup with the lowly Sacramento Kings—weren’t quite as high, a Jimmy Butler play to close out the first half was eerily reminiscent of Diggs’ dash, right down to having two defensive players comically take each other out en route to a score for Minnesota.
Jimmy Butler making cuts off the inbounds like he’s Stefon Diggs. pic.twitter.com/2hpByjn1mR
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 12, 2018
That’s Willie Cauley-Stein playing the role of New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams to free up space for Butler’s Diggs impersonation.
Also like Diggs, Butler saved his production for when it mattered most. Before his game-winning 61-yard touchdown, Diggs had reeled in five catches for 76 yards.
Butler, who fancies himself a talented wide receiver, attempted just one field goal in the first half on Sunday, but came up huge down the stretch, tossing two assists and going 2-of-4 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in the final period to score 11 of his 18 points in a 111-106 victory.
“Jimmy Butler woke up,” said teammate Jamal Crawford, according to the Star Tribune. “He was asleep. Obviously, we know how good he is. But it just separates everything. He started making all the plays and he read the game wonderfully. Score, get fouled, get assists. We tried chipping in when we could.”