Cavs 102, Grizzlies 87
Want to sum this win up succinctly? Two words: LEBRON JAMES. While the team wasn't necessarily flat, James lit the fuse that blew this one open. He walked into the locker room with just nine points and left the game with 30. Toss in 11 rebounds and 10 assists that inspired his teammates and you get a win. No one, least of all Rudy Gay had any answers for James as he dunked, hit layups, made steals, grabbed rebounds and dished the ball of. Was he alone in his effort? Not even close.
The backcourt tandem of Mo Williams (16 points) and Delonte West (19 points) combined for 35 points. But it was his defense that proved key as he may as well have kept O.J. Mayo bound, gagged and locked in a broom closet. Mayo averages close to 20 points per game, but scored just six on the night.
From the coach's office:
Mike Brown on West's defense:
O.J. Mayo is a great young player. He is a guy who knows how to score in a lot of different ways. Delonte did a nice job of making O.J. work for his looks. Delonte had good team dfense behind him and he did a great job of making that young guy work.From the locker room:
I had no idea about the triple-double. I'm just out there playing. We really had to pick it up on the boards tonight. We wanted to really get to the glass and put pressure on them.At the half:
I’m not worried about any of that stuff. It doesn’t bother me. It doesn’t affect me at all as far as what they do.LeBron James on O.J. Mayo:
He’s not a rookie; I’ll tell you that. He’s a really good talent. All he’s going to do is continue to get better,’’ James said. ‘’ Some guys are born for the NBA and college basketball sometimes doesn’t showcase what you have.