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Late LBJ surge extends win streak: Cavaliers 107, Jazz 103

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Late LBJ surge extends win streak: Cavaliers 107, Jazz 103


Photo: John Kuntz/Cleveland.com

For most of the game, LeBron James was content with sitting in the passenger seat of the Cavaliers offense. However, with traffic getting heavy in the fourth quarter, King James took charge, jumping back into the driver's seat and giving his short-handed team the late push over the short-handed Utah Jazz at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers improve to 7-3, they have won 7 of 8, and their win streak stands at four.

Parking the Diesel: The Cavalier coaching staff chose to sit Shaquille O'Neal for the first time this season. The official reason was a shoulder strain, but it was most likely a precautionary measure to ensure O'Neal's long-lasting health. The Cavaliers have had a fair share of back-to-backs already, and O'Neal has never been one to hit the 80 game benchmark anyway. Besides, the Cavaliers have one of the most capable backup centers in the league in Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who got the start in Shaq's place. In increasingly less breaking news, Delonte West missed his third straight game. The Jazz were shorthanded as well, with Deron Williams missing the game due to a personal matter. In all, the Jazz dressed just nine and played eight.

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