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After the relatively unimpressive five game winning streak against lesser opponents and the disappointing loss to the Mavericks without Nowitzki on Sunday night, the Cavaliers needed a game to get them out of their funk of too many turnovers, not enough offensive execution, and poor defensive rebounding. Fortunately for them, they landed in Phoenix, where they were the last team to come into town and beat the Suns on their home court. They did it again in impressive fashion with spectacular offensive execution inside the arc and an absolute surge to blow away PHX in the fourth quarter, winning by 18.
Moon, Barbosa out: Both teams were missing key reserves in Jamario Moon and Leandro Barbosa tonight. Moon was ruled as doubtful before the game, but he warmed up with the team and was cleared to play. However, he recorded a DNP, and the Cavaliers were fine without him as someone usually gets the short end of the stick in the 10-man rotation anyway.
LeBron v. Amare in the 1st: The lightning quick pace of the first quarter was right up Phoenix's alley, but give the Cavaliers credit for matching them pretty much point-for-point. LeBron came up with a clear and evident focus; he knew how important it was not to drop two in a row to start this road trip. By the first television timeout, both players were in double figures with 10 points each. LeBron had some fantastic first quarter dunks, including one high-flyer right over top of Stoudemire. Amare was hitting mid-range jumpers as Shaq and later Andy were late in getting out to contest those shots. Steve Nash also added eight first quarter points, and the Suns lead by one after one.