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It wasn't pretty, the offense was in complete disarray at times, and the Cavaliers even had to use three guys that weren't in the rotation three weeks ago, but it was a wine and gold winner on the backs of LeBron and Shaq, adding in Daniel Gibson's phenomenal fourth and clutch bucket to give the team the lead for good. Cleveland has now won four in a row and has pulled to a virtual dead heat once again with the Lakers for the best record in the association.
Another one bites the dust: Delonte West's left ring finger, injured during the fourth quarter of the Lakers game, is in fact broken, and he missed tonight's game because of it. West is currently listed as day-to-day, and the Cavaliers plan to re-evaluate the situation early next week. Losing Delonte couldn't have come at a worse possible time, happening just hours after learning that Mo Williams would be in a suit for the next 4-6 weeks. This left the Cavaliers with only Daniel Gibson as their only "true" point guard, although you could certainly debate that. In response, the Cavaliers signed former Cleveland State point and Erie Bayhawk Cedric Jackson to a 10-day contract. The 6'3" Jackson was averaging 15 points and 8 assists with the NBDL's Bayhawks, and he is known as a solid defender.