After jumping out to a 12 point lead in the first quarter, the Cavaliers slowly let the Jazz creep back. Lebron, who had been having a poor shooting night, had only 11 points at the end of the third quarter. It was Mo Williams with 12 points and Jamario Moon with eight points leading the Cavaliers at the half. Cleveland edged out Utah by one point in the third quarter to bring the lead to five points. Although Lebron had a limited role in the first three quarters, he stepped up his game big time in the fourth quarter. Lebron hit a huge three nearing the end of the quarter, then scored an and-one to give the Cavaliers a two point lead with less that a minute remaining. The Cavs were up 105-101 with 20 seconds left when Eric Maynor hit a floater to bring the game within two points. The Jazz fouled Lebron on the next possession to send the King to the charity stripe for two. Lebron split the foul shots and gave the Cavaliers a 106-103 lead with nine seconds left. Lebron iced the game with some more free throws and the Cavs won 107-103.
The King finished with 21 points, nine assists, and six rebounds after an outstanding fourth quarter. Another surprise in my book was JJ Hickson who again had a terrific night with 20 points and four rebounds. My boy J-Moon shot 75% from downtown and finished with 11 points and four rebounds. All of Cleveland's starters were in double figures. Shaq did not play tonight as he sat out with a strained shoulder.
This was the Cavaliers fourth straight win and they look to continue their roll next Tuesday when they take on the 3-5 Golden State Warriors.