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Carbon copy 4th quarter defense kicks Sixers: Cavaliers 97, Sixers 91


Photo: Chuck Crow/Cleveland.com

On back-to-back nights, it took a high-scoring performance from LeBron James and a lockdown on defense in the fourth quarter to lift the Cavaliers to victory. Once again, the defensive lockdown began when James took his rest to start the fourth. On this night, it was Jamario Moon who led the charge, guarding Andre Iguodala, as the Cavaliers got balanced scoring to notch win number ten.

Shaqlessness continues: No surprise here, Shaq missed game number five in a row, but with three days off, the hope is that he can practice with the team and play on Wednesday in Detroit. For the Sixers, they were without forward Marreese Speights and sharpshooter Jason Kapono, their lone true three point shooting threat. The Sixers are in fact one of the worst three point shooting teams in the league, and they made just 5-of-19 attempts.

MileZtone: Zydrunas Ilgauskas moved into second place on the all-time games played list for the Cavaliers. Z passed Bingo Smith with his 721st game played, and he now stands just two games behind Danny Ferry for the franchise record. Z rebounded for a strong performance after mighty struggles recently, especially Friday night. Z finished with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, adding 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks in 34 minutes. I get worried with Z playing that many minutes, so let's hope Shaq is not far from return.

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