M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!
Kevin Durant drove to the hole as the clock ticked down, attempted an off balance three-footer and King James rose up sky high to send that weak stuff out of here. ‘Bron then stepped to the free throw lane and calmly sank two free throws to put the game out of reach with just over a second left in the game.
James matched his scoring total from Thursday night with another ridiculous 37 point performance while adding 12 assists and 9 rebounds to his stat line. With Mo Williams and Delonte West shelved due to injury, he spent much of the night playing at the “point-forward” position and canned six bombs.
The Cavs are without three of their top eight players (Williams, West and Jamario Moon) so somebody(s) needed to step up in order to come away with a victory against a very young and talented Thunder team. Shaquille O’Neal responded to the call with arguably his best game in Wine and Gold (or Blue and Orange). The Big Fella bullied past Nenad Kristic and muscled his way to 22 points on 8 of 10 from the field. O’Neal snagged six rebounds and handed off 6 assists on the night as well.
Boobie Gibson recorded only 5 points through three quarters but came up big for the Cavs down the stretch. With the Cavs down one, the Texas Longhorn alum splashed home the go ahead three ball and showed off his purely fundamental goose neck afterwards. Gibson was incredible on the defensive end throughout the game blocking two shots and limiting Russell Westbrook’s clean looks in the contest.
JJ Hickson followed up an impressive performance against the Lakers with another near double-double going for 9 points and 9 rebounds on the night. His +11 efficiency rating was second only to Shaquille O’Neal against the OKC Thunder.
The Cleveland offense became a little stagnant down the stretch and it definitely seemed like everyone was counting on LeBron to deliver the kill on his own. However, in the last minute or two, the team stepped up on both sides of the ball and were able to come away with a 100-99 victory.
The newest Cavalier, Cedric Jackson, gave the Cavs a couple of solid minutes on the defensive end. Cleveland outscored the Thunder by 8 points in his two minutes of playing time.
The Wine and Gold will take their four game winning streak into Miami to take on Dwyane Wade and the Heat on Monday night.