LeBron had his 4th triple double of the year, and his second in as many nights.
The scary part is that he didn’t even seem to be giving his best effort. In the end his 30 point, 11 board, 10 assist performance was good enough to lead the Cavs to their 3rd straight win, and 4th in 5 games. The Pacers were outmatched without star Jermaine O’Neal, who missed his third game with a knee injury. But despite the disadvantage, the Pacers nearly stole this one.
While LeBron was on the bench resting (wait, stop me if you’ve heard this one before), the Cavs surrendered the 10 point lead they had. LeBron returned to take control of the game. LeBron didn’t shoot particularly well, especially from behind the arc where he was 1-6. But the offense ran through him, especially after Gibson picked up his 6th foul and ejection following a technical after only 15 minutes.
Gooden had a good game, with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Sasha Pavlovic had 22 points, and a strange shooting night. He made 4-8 from deep, but only 7 of 18 overall. He did penetrate and get to the free throw line, which is something the Cavs need from him more often. Zydrunas played 31 sluggish minutes, recording 8 points and 8 boards.
The Cavs have a tough week ahead, with 2 games against Boston, and a game apiece against Detroit and Toronto. This will be a good test for the Cavs. Can they go 3-1 this week? Anything less than 2-2 will have to be considered a failure. We’ll be watching the game at home tomorrow against the Celtics.