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LeBron does it (again)

By admin Published: January 6, 2008

Cavs 93, Raptors 90
--This game felt like May. Sunday afternoon, sellout, Cavs playing small and LeBron taking over. It was just like last year. I am not sure you could've left this building today and not been amazed in what you saw, even if you were a Raptors fan. --LeBron's 24 points in the fourth were a record for the Cavs in a quarter. The late Terry Furlow (1978) and World B. Free ('85) shared the record with 23. He had 56 points in here on a Sunday afternoon in 2005, but you know the Cavs lost that one. --For what it is worth, I felt like the Cavs could win the game after three quarters. When I said this on press row, the Plain Dealer's Branson Wright offered to bet me $40 CAD. I didn't accept. But what I saw was the Raptors really just shooting nothing but jumpers. I was sure they would start missing. They only had two points in the paint in the third. Of course, I didn't forsee LeBron going off like that. --In the fourth, LeBron was talking trash with the Raptors bench and Chris Bosh's cousin and his girlfriend. This I can tell you about LeBron, talking trash does not faze him. Seen it for years. But Bosh's fam got something out of it, I think he sent his jersey over there after the game. --The Cavs got 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting from Larry Hughes, they can't afford to waste that. --Where we sit here in Toronto, we are almost in the Cavs huddle. I saw Mike Brown tell Damon Jones to go into the game. I really think it was spur of the moment, because it happened in the middle of the timeout. Several teammates pat him on the butt in the second quarter. They wanted him to do well and he did. Not good news for Mr. Pavlovic, or least it shouldn't be. --Damon's +/- for the game: +27. Circumstantial, yes, but true. --3 straight, 17-17, the Cavs are mediocre again!
Game recap:
Starting lineups
Cavs: Larry Hughes, Sasha Pavlovic, LeBron James, Drew Gooden, Zydrunas Ilgauskas Raps: Jose Calderon, Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon, Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani
Officials Bill Spooner, Tony Brothers, Gary Zielinski
--This morning my hotel was chock full of hung over Rutgers fans from yesterday's International Bowl. Apparently, there's a long of hung over people on your average Sunday morning in Toronto. Let's see how the Cavs handle this 1 p.m. start. --LeBron James was out before the game getting extra shooting in, he's been doing that lately. Sort of what he did a lot at the end of last season. He needs to challenge Moon at every turn, especially if he bodies him up. Moon is a promising player but he can't handle LeBron's size. --It will be interesting to see how the Cavs play the Raptors with Varejao this time around. Chris Bosh lit them up for 40 points in his only game against them and they have trouble staying attached to Bargnani. --Calderon is not a good matchup for Daniel Gibson, we'll see how Hughes handles him. The Raptors live on penetrate and kickouts for 3-pointers. --My Sunday column today dealt with Mike Bibby potential and Mike Brown if you'd like to read.
Halftime -- Raptors 43, Cavs 33
--33 points on 35 percent shooting in a half. That's NBA quality right there. Nobody is making anything and the Cavs have nine turnovers, which has allowed the Raps to get 13 fastbreak points. That's the difference in the game, the Cavs halfcourt defense hasn't been bad. Only down 10? A minor miracle. --Wow can Jamario Moon jump, and wow can't Larry Hughes. How come when Sasha and Larry go into the lane the ball always comes flying out the other direction? --Damon Jones made an appearance after seven games. In the middle of the huddle, Mike Brown looked over and told him to go into the game. Several teammates patted him on the butt and he did well. When he was on the court the Cavs were +8 and he had two assists to Hughes' zero. Play him some more. --Jose Calderon had eight assists in the half, guess than question got answered. --Chris Bosh has the longest neck in the NBA. He actually looks like a dinosaur.
Stars LeBron James, 39 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists Larry Hughes, 14 points Anderson Varejao, 13 rebounds Chris Bosh, 23 points Anthony Parker, 20 points Jose Calderon, 16 points, 11 assists
Quotes LeBron: "I can't describe it, I just like I was out there by myself." Mike Brown: "LeBron just put us on his back. What a tremendous, tremendous performance." Jamario Moon: "We didn't expect LeBron to go off like he did. Once they cut the lead down to five or six, I was like, oh man, it is going to be a long quarter."

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