LeBron’s 51 lifts Cavs over Jazz
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – LeBron James poured in 51 points on a
sore knee to salvage the final game of a six-game road trip and snap a season-
high six-game losing streak for Cleveland, which beat Utah 108-90 at the Delta
Center to sweep the season series.
The Jazz have not fared much better over the past week, losing four of five
games, bottoming out with Saturday’s setback against the Cavs.
After having injured his knee during a loss at Golden State on Friday, James
was a game-time decision in Utah, where, at 21 years, 22 days, became the
youngest player in NBA history to reach the 5,000-point milestone. James
tallied his third highest all-time scoring total, going 19-of-35 from the
floor and 9-of-11 from the free throw line while adding eight assists.
Donyell Marshall scored 24 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 10 for the
Mehmet Okur posted 20 points and 13 rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko added 19
points to pace the Jazz, who began a three-game homestand with the loss.
James scored 15 points in the third quarter, during which the Cavs regained
the lead for good at 57-56 on a hook shot by Ilgauskas at the 4:54 mark. James
netted 17 in the fourth while the Cavs put the game away.
The Jazz shot out early and led 28-20 after the first quarter.
Matt Harpring hit a jumper 12 seconds into the second quarter to continue a
10-0 Utah run, which James quickly curtailed on a jumper of his own 16 seconds
later. That shot sparked a 12-4 run for the Cavs, who eventually knotted the
game at 32 on another James’ jumper. The Jazz regained control, however, and
edged to a 47-45 halftime lead.
Cleveland improved to 7-12 on the road this season.
Utah, which will also host New Jersey and Seattle on the stand, is 9-10 as the
host this season. The Jazz have won six of their last eight games at the Delta
Center…This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs.
On December 20th, Damon Jones scored all 12 of his points on 4-of-6 from
beyond the arc during the game-breaking third quarter, as the Cavaliers
crushed the Jazz 110-85 at Quicken Loans Arena…Cleveland has won four
straight and six of the last seven meetings in this series.