Cleveland peaking at perfect time
(Sports Network) – Donyell Marshall is shooting the rock better and LeBron
James is doing what he always does for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Marshall is back to his old-school UConn form, and maybe March madness is
having an effect on the veteran sharp shooter.
In Cleveland’s fourth straight win on Friday, Marshall was key and buried a
trio of three-pointers in the fourth quarter to keep Boston at bay.
Marshall had 14 points, including four threes, for his most productive game
since netting 19 points versus Washington in late February. The last time he
hit four three-pointers in a game was January 24 against Atlanta.
James scored 19 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter against the Celtics and
added eight assists, seven rebounds and three blocks.
The Cavs’ magic number to solidify their first playoff berth in eight years is
down to three. They will have a chance to extend the winning streak on Sunday
against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.
Cleveland, which has wins in eight of its last 11 games, is seeded No. 4 in
the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Cleveland won every game on the latest four-game homestand and will hit the
road where it has lost three straight and five of seven.
The Cavaliers own a 14-19 mark as the visitor this season.