Tuesday , May , 08 , 2007 Oly Sandor

LeBron James & Cleveland Cavaliers Win Game Two, Vince Carter Disappoints For New Jersey Nets

The Cleveland Cavaliers continued their winning ways on Tuesday night, defeating the New Jersey Nets to take a 2-0 series lead. LeBron James was amazing. His teammates stepped-up … But where was Vince Carter? Once again VC came up short … Click here for a recap and find out why Cleveland are finally rolling …

What Happened: The used a 49-32 rebounding edge to squeak out a 102-92 win over the on Tuesday evening at Quickens Loans Arena.

With the win, the Cavaliers now lead the series 2-0.

led the way for Cleveland, scoring 25 of his 36 points in the second half. He also involved teammates, dishing out 12 assists.

James was brilliant in the fourth quarter. After scoring a tough basket, he rifled a pass to a cutting , whose two-handed jam gave the Cavaliers a 91-85 lead.

But James had plenty of help. chipped in with a playoff career-high of 17 points, while had 13 points to go with seven rebounds. Drew Gooden and Zydrunas Ilgauskas combined for 23 points and 23 rebounds.

Like game one, New Jersey’s big three didn’t do enough to win.

scored a team-high 26 points for New Jersey, but connected on just 10-of-26 attempts from the floor. flirted with a triple-double, tallying 17 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists, but also committed eight costly turnovers. added 22 points, but never really asserted himself on the offensive end.

Game three is scheduled for Friday in New Jersey.

 Reaction of Cleveland forward LeBron James
on the series moving to New Jersey:
"We took care of home. Now it’s a challenge to go into the Meadowlands. We don’t just want to win one." (CNNSI)

Reaction of Cleveland coach Mike Brown
on James’ play:
 “He said he wanted the ball. He made the plays to get us over the hump. He was the man." (ESPN)

Reaction of New Jersey forward Richard Jefferson on the loss:
“We were in it, but we just didn’t execute at the end. We had opportunities down the stretch and now it’s on our home court. We have to figure out a way.” (CNNSI)

My Take: Cleveland has now won ten games in a row dating back to the regular season. Here’s why the Cavaliers are winning this series:

First, James is getting his own points while involving others. When King James gets support from teammates, the Cavaliers suddenly become a much more dangerous team.

Second, Hughes is the right fit at point guard. The Cavaliers are 28-6 since he shifted over to the 1-spot. Hughes doesn’t even need to be a table-setting point guard because James controls the ball on offense. He only has to focus on scoring, rebounding, and defending.

Finally, Carter is struggling for New Jersey. He’s made just 17-of-49 shots in the series. The Nets have been close in both games, but are losing because Cleveland’s Pavlovic is outplaying VC.

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