LeBron James produced quite the stat line yesterday to help his Cleveland Cavaliers claim victory over the Orlando Magic 115-106 on their home court. Along with his 32 points, James was able to collect eight rebounds, 13 assists and two steals. The league’s hottest team has now won 13 straight, improving their home record to an impressive 24-3.
Dwight Howard led the Magic with 19 points and 11 rebounds, mostly produced when the other ‘Superman,’ Shaquille O’Neal was sidelined due to foul trouble. Shaq came up with 10 points and six rebounds in just 19 minutes played.
O’Neal later decided to take a few shots at Howard after the game, saying “I don’t really consider it manning up until you play me straight up. I’ve never doubled anybody. So you tell me who the real Superman is.” The Magic will next take on the Detroit Pistons after the NBA All-Star break on Wednesday, February 17th as the Cavaliers play host to the Denver Nuggets the following day.
LeBron James took control at point guard and racked up 36 points and eight assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to coast past the Miami Heat 102-86 last night at the Quicken Loans Arena. With Delonte West and Mo Williams sidelined along with Daniel Gibson’s first quarter absence due to family matters, James was easily able to come in and play floor general for the Cavs to extend their win streak to 10.
“I knew I was going to have the ball in my hands a lot because I was the starting point guard or point forward, whatever you want to call it,” said James. “Like Magic (Johnson). I can go coast to coast and do a lot of things with the ball that point guards in this league can’t do.”
Dwayne Wade led Miami in scoring as always with 24 points. LeBron has now defeated Wade in 13 of 22 total career matchups. “This team is just better than us,” said Wade. “You have to be realistic. I understand this team has NBA championship aspirations. We don’t have that. We’re focusing on trying to get to the playoffs and this team is trying to get to the championship. It’s totally different.” The Cavs are set to host the New York Knicks tomorrow night as the Heat travel north to face the Chicago Bulls.
LeBron James posted a career high 15 assists with 22 points to lead his Cleveland Cavaliers past the Memphis Grizzlies 105-89 yesterday at the Quicken Loans Arena to keep their win streak alive at nine. Shaquille O’Neal added fire power with 13 points and 13 rebounds in his 21 minutes on the floor. James and crew have been impressed and suprised with the 18-year veterans recent athletic abilities.
“He tricked all of us, I guess,” said James. “When Mo and Delonte went down he decided to step his game up, which we knew he could do. He’s just playing with a little bounce in his step that he didn’t have at the start. But he had a different mindset than we all thought. We all thought he was playing slow, he was just saving himself for the second half of the season.”
Led by young talents Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and OJ Mayo, the Grizzlies have really turned their program around with a 26-22 regular season record. Memphis is scheduled to host the Houston Rockets Friday as Cleveland welcomes the Miami Heat tomorrow night for another classic D-Wade LeBron showdown.
LeBron James hit two free throws with 4.1 seconds left for the Cleveland Cavaliers to pull ahead of the Miami Heat 92-91 yesterday at the American Airlines Arena. Dwayne Wade had the final shot of the game but failed to connect, giving Cleveland their 35th victory of the season. Flash scored 30 of 32 in the first half with 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals. LeBron produced quite the stat line himself, netting 32 with a side of nine boards and four assists.
James and the Cavaliers have won eight of their last nine against Miami. “Two really, really good friends, one of my best friends that I have, just two great competitors not wanting to lose to each other,” said LeBron after the game. “But at the same time, knowing that we’re putting on a show not only for each other, but for the fans and whoever was watching the game.” The Heat are next set to matchup with the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night as the Cavs head to Minnesota to face the T’wolves.
LeBron James produced 37 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to lead his Cleveland Cavaliers past the Golden State Warriors 117-114 yesterday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. LBJ saw the opportunity to further develop his inside game against a smaller Warriors lineup. “It’s a point in my game I worked on a lot this offseason and it’s something I know I can go to throughout the game,” said James. “Tonight was a perfect time for it.”
Cleveland’s Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Jawad Williams and Anderson Varejao were able to contribute double digit numbers to outscore the opposing bench by 41 points. The Cavs were up by 10 with 2:48 left in regulation before the Warriors rallied to make it a three-point game. Stephen Curry fired up a shot from 34-feet out at the buzzer but failed to really get an honest look. Golden State is scheduled to host the Miami Heat tomorrow as the Cavs continue their west coast road trip in Utah against the Jazz on Thursday.
LeBron James came to play on his birthday with 48 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers edged out the Atlanta Hawks 106-101 last night at Quicken Loans Arena. Anderson Varejao wished his buddy a happy 25th with his first career three-pointer in the final seconds for the go-ahead dagger. “That’s a great gift,” said James. “I had Andy in the gift exchange and so he paid me back. That’s what friends are for.”
Varejao collected 14 points and nine rebounds in his 33 minutes played. Mo Williams and Shaquille O’Neal scored a combined 24, respectively. The Hawks were dominating throughout the contest until Cleveland surged back to outscore them by 13 in the fourth. Joe Johnson scored 35 points for the Hawks as Mike Bibby followed up with 20.
“This is a game we should’ve won,” said Johnson. “We had some unfortunate events that happened on the court and it happens. Unfortunately, we have to deal with it.” The Hawks will try to build their confidence back New Years Day against the New York Knicks. The Cavs are next set to matchup with the New Jersey Nets on Saturday.
Dwayne Wade scored a game high 36 points for the Miami Heat in attempts to beat out his friendly nemesis LeBron James. Though LeBron failed to match Flash in points with 34, his Cleveland Cavaliers more importantly were able to notch the 111-104 win on the road at the American Airlines Arena.
Buying a ticket to yesterday’s game meant you were in store for a full on performance involving two of the three best players in the NBA. The game was competitive on top of the marquee talent really going to work. “I like playing against LeBron more than anybody else in the league,” said Wade. “He brings out the best in me, and I bring out the best in him.”
James refused to answer any free agency questions, but earlier this week Wade confirmed that the two have talked about playing together someday. So far the likely choices for LeBron in 2010 (aside from re-signing with the Cavs) include the New York Knicks, New Jersey (or Brooklyn) Nets, and Miami Heat.
LeBron James dominated in an early season rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic with 36 points, as the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to win 102-93 yesterday at the Amway Arena. Lately the 5-3 Cavs have started to find their rhythm after starting the season slower than anticipated. “I think we just played with a sense of urgency,” said James. “We’re in attack mode. The whole game we put pressure on their defense.”
Shaquille O’Neal as always was a huge presence down low with 10 points. Even though his numbers weren’t necessarily through the roof, he contained Orlando’s premier center Dwight Howard to just 11 points and 7 rebounds. It’s not unusual for Howard to walk off the floor with a 20/20 stat line, so for Shaq to cut that in half and get him in foul trouble was key to Cleveland’s success.
LeBron and the Cavaliers can smile about their victory in Orlando following their dismal performance in the playoffs last season. James knows as a veteran that a lot of work lies ahead for his squad, saying “It’s just one game. We will see them later on this season.” The teams will meet again on Thursday, February 11th at the Quicken Loans Arena.
LeBron James earned his first triple double of the season with 23 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, but his effort just simply wasn’t enough for the Cleveland Cavaliers to get by the Toronto Raports Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre. The Cavaliers 0-2 start instead of answering the call to high expectations have only raised questions and doubts in Cleveland. The 2008 MVP is confident his team will work out the initial kinks to get themselves back on track as one of the top teams in the East.
“Earlier I’d get very upset when you lose two or three games, you’d just feel like you can’t turn it around,” said James. “But I’m at a point in my career now where I know that you can lose two but, at the same time, you don’t look too far into it. You learn from the mistakes and you just try to get better.”
Raptors Andrea Bargnani led all scoring with 28 points. “If Andrea gets it going and is scoring the basketball a lot, then we are going to be tough to beat” said Chris Bosh, who also played a big factor in Toronto’s victory with 21 points and 16 rebounds.
The Cavs are set to travel to Minnesota to square off against the Timberwolves Friday at 8:00 PM. The Wolves are coming off a buzzer-beater win over the New Jersey Nets and will be ready to challenge Cleveland on their own stomping grounds.
The Cavaliers after finishing the 2008 regular season 39–2 in Cleveland started their 2009 campaign with a loss on their own stage. The Boston Celtics came into the Quicken Loans Arena last night and handled the Cavs 95-89 to officially open the 2009-2010 NBA regular season. The Celtics were down early but rallied back and proceeded to carry a double digit lead through most of the second and third quarters.
Paul Pierce led Boston with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett followed with 16 and 13, respectively. “It was a good Day One,” said Pierce. “Psychologically, you want to go into a team’s building and win, especially in a place where we haven’t won in a few years. It’s great to come here and get a win. We know when we come here next time that we can do it again.” The victory marked the first Celtics victory in Cleveland since 2004.
Cavaliers franchise player LeBron James netted 38 points while racking up eight assists, four blocks, and four rebounds. Shaquille O’Neal certainly proved to be in shape and ready in a Cavs uniform with 10 points and 10 boards. The difference maker in yesterday’s contest was points off the bench. Celtics reserves scored a combined 26 points to Cleveland’s 10. “I liked what happened tonight because everyone contributed,” said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. “It was as much of a team win as you can get.”
The Celtics are ready for a string of home games after a great start on the road. The TD Garden will welcome the Charlotte Bobcats tonight before the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets make their way to town October 30th and November 1st.
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