Post-mortem: Cavs 111, Bucks 103
Yes, that was something to behold. Cavs fans have seen LeBron James carry the team before, but on few occasions have they seen him carry it quite like that.
Unleashing a 24-point barrage - 16 of it in the first 2:50 of the third quarter - James may as well had donned a cape and slapped an ''S'' on his chest because he took the Cavs from a six-point halftime deficit to a 14-point lead in that span.
What's amazing is that he did it with three-pointers that he shot from further away each time. Some of us on press row replayed footage online after the game and came to the conclusion that one shot came from at least 30 feet away.
By the time he was through he had his teammates jumping and giggling on the bench and even the fans cheering on the Bucks left impressed with his display.
He was hot in the first half scoring 25 points and perhaps a wicked three-pointer to end the half set the tone for him in the third, but Coach Mike Brown gave credit to the team's defense which came out blazin' to start the half.
Added incentive came from an imbroglio that saw Charlie Villanueva draw a Flagrant Foul-2 for an elbow that landed to Anderson Varejao's face. Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgauskas went to protect his teammate and soon found Villanueva's hand around his neck. Officials ejected the Bucks' player, Ilgauskas got T'd up.
The funniest part, however, came from referee Luis Grillo's takedown of Villanueva to avoid more violence. That moment seemed to motivate the Cavaliers more and from there it was a matter of when, not if, they won.
Milwaukee Bucks Coach Scott Skiles on the Varejao indident:
I thought it was the right call because he grabbed him above the neck. I hope they launch an investigation who shot Varejao and all. I thought there was some acting involved.Cavs Coach Mike Brown on James' performance:
What an unbelievable performance by LeBron in the third quarter. I've been around him for going on four years and that, that was spectacular.At the half: Bucks 57, Cavs 51.