On a night in which the Wine and Gold were without Shaquille O’Neal, the Cavs still held their own in the paint behind yet another solid performance by JJ Hickson. Just two nights after setting a career-high in points, the sophomore forward shined again, scoring 20 points on 7 of 13 from the field in 38 minutes of work.
Cleveland led through three quarters of play but caved on a late surge by Utah and surrendered the lead with 1:56 to play on a free throw by former Cavalier Carlos Boozer. Then the King stole the show. LeBron James scored the last 8 points for his team and finished the game with 21 points on 6 of 15 from the field while gathering 6 boards and finding his teammates on 9 assists. The second half of the Cavs’ dynamic duo, Mo Williams, added 21 points and 6 assists of his own on the night.
Cleveland continued their sweet-shooting ways from downtown, going 9 of 22 from deep. Prized free agent acquisitions Anthony Parker and Jamario Moon led the three-point assault, canning four and three tres respectably. Parker finished with 14 points on the night while Moon chipped in with a solid 11 points and 4 boards in just over 16 minutes of play.
After a rocky start, the Cavaliers have settled in and will carry a four game win streak back into the Q for Tuesday night’s contest with the Golden State Warriors.