Friday , Mar , 03 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

King James and Cavs end skid

(Sports Network) – The Cavaliers are not playing like the fourth seed in the
Eastern Conference, but they did put to rest a nagging five-game skid.

With a possible six-game losing streak in sight, the Cavaliers blew a 17-point
lead in the third quarter of Thursday’s nail-biting win over the Chicago Bulls
at the United Center.

James could have taken the game-winning shot, but unselfishly dished the ball
out to Flip Murray, who buried a three-pointer with 3.9 seconds on the clock
to put Cleveland ahead for good at 92-91.

Murray, acquired from Seattle at the trade deadline, scored 11 of his 13
points in the fourth quarter.

The Bulls had one last chance for the win, but Andres Nocioni missed on a
three-point attempt. Cleveland also avoided another bullet, its recent fourth-
quarter ineptitude.

In their past six games, the Cavaliers have outscored their opponent just one
time in the fourth quarter. That one time was during a loss to Detroit.

James paced Cleveland on Thursday with a game-high 33 points, 11 rebounds
and eight assists. Eric Snow recorded 14 points and dished out eight assists
while Anderson Varejao added 13 points for Cleveland.

Cleveland hosts the Bulls on Sunday and the Raptors two days later before
opening a four-game road trip.