27 February 2007
The Cavaliers haven't lost very often at Quicken Loans Arena this season, and they didn't tonight: the Hornets fought gamely back from a double-digit deficit to tie it in the fourth quarter, but this is usually LeBron James' cue to take over, and indeed he did, dropping in three treys to put it out of reach, 97-89. James had 35 points and eight assists, leading everyone in both categories.
What hurts, of course, is that the Bees dominated the boards David West and Tyson Chandler pulled down ten rebounds each but they couldn't turn those snags into big scores, although West did come up with 25 points and Chandler 14, both over their season averages. The Hornets didn't even shoot that badly: 47.6 percent, versus 49.4 for the Cavs. But this was LeBron's show, and he made it count.
The Hornets, now 27-30, drop back to 9th in the West, but the middle of the conference is close and then some: as of this writing, Denver (27-28) is in 7th and Golden State (26-31) is in 11th. Even the 14th-place Sonics (22-34) have a shot.
The Hawks will fly in tomorrow night; Friday, it's off to Chicago, and Sunday the Jazz will be at the Ford Center.