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Recap: Cavs 97, Kings 93

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 17, 2011

One look at the box score makes it easy to tell where J.J. Hickson's mindset is on a given night.

Hickson failed to get to the free-throw line even once during losses to Milwaukee and Oklahoma City. He also combined to shoot 30 percent in those two games and spent too much time hoisting long jumpers.

Hickson did a better job of attacking the basket against the Kings and the results were obvious: He went to the line 10 times and finished with 17 points, his highest scoring output since the win over the Knicks on March 4. Now he just needs to work on those free throws. Hickson was 5 of 10 from the line against the Kings and is shooting about 65 percent from the foul line. Someone with his touch should be well over 70 percent.

Scott is leaving Hickson at center for the rest of the season in an effort to simplify the game for him. After briefly flirting with the idea of moving him back to his natural power forward position, Scott put the brakes on that transition because of Hickson's infatuation for long jumpers when he's at the "4."

Power forward is still his long-term position in this league, but when he eventually gets back there, he needs to take the mentality he has developed at center with him.

Stats
Cavs

Ramon Sessions 20 points, six assists, five rebounds
J.J. Hickson 17 points, eight rebounds
Luke Harangody 15 points, eight rebounds
Samardo Samuels 13 points
Kings
Marcus Thornton 23 points, 4-12 3-pointers
Samuel Dalembert 16 points, 10 rebounds
DeMarcus Cousins 11 points, 16 rebounds

Turning point
The Cavs closed down the lane in the second half, holding the Kings to 30 percent shooting in the second half.

Key stat
The Cavs scored 32 points in the paint in the second half and shot 51 percent.

They said it
"Ain't no way I'm going to bang with Cousins, so if he hits me, I'm going to go down. He hit me one more time that hard, I know they're going to call something, either a foul on me or a foul on him. They called a charge, thankfully." -- Samardo Samuels, on his charge on DeMarcus Cousins at the end of the game

Up next
The Cavs (13-53) play at the Portland Trail Blazers (38-29) at 10 p.m. on Thursday.

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