A lengthy standing ovation and chorous of M-V-P chants filled the arena after Lebron James banked in a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from half court to end the first half.
“It brings the house down … the crowd is going crazy,” LeBron said of the momentum the Cavs got from it afterward.
As usual Lebron James filled up the stats sheet with 38 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Three other Cavalier starters finished with 12 points apiece, including Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who doubled-up with a game-high 10 rebounds.
Mo Williams and Delonte West added a dozen points each. Delonte added five board and five assits, going 5-of-8 from the floor. Mo Williams overcame a sluggish start to go 5-for-14 from the field, adding four boards and going 32 minutes without a single turnover.
â€œOnce I got that first half out of the way, I was ready to go,â€ said Williams. â€œI think that the foul trouble hurt me a little bit. It kind of threw my rhythm off, but I just regrouped in the second half and came out aggressive.â€
Joe Smith was big too. He finished with 13 points in just over 19 minutes.
Ben Wallace, who suffered a knee injury and was listed as doubtful, end up seeing some action and logged in close to 12 minutes. He had one rebound and one assist.
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