James scored 29 points — 13 in the fourth quarter— and Cleveland edged the
As usual, James, who was feeling so ill that he stayed behind in the locker room at halftime, was at his best down the stretch. He scored 11 straight points in the fourth to give Cleveland a 93-92 lead. However, it was Cavs guard
With the win, the Cavaliers clinched a playoff spot — their first since 2010 before James left as a free agent for Miami.
“It feels amazing,” said All-Star guard
James was so sick that he skipped the Cavs' morning shootaround so he could get some extra sleep. But while resting at home, he was late to see his youngest son, Bryce, read in front of his school. Fortunately, James made it to the play — "I had to be there" — and the Cavs were thrilled the four-time MVP dressed against the Pacers.
"LeBron does a lot of great things," Cleveland coach David Blatt said. "One of those things is he came to play. He was sick and certainly could have made an excuse but did not. He wanted to play and we let him go."
After Smith's free throws, Indiana had one last chance, but
"Any time you play Indiana it's like that," said James, who has faced the Pacers many times in the playoffs. "Every possession counts and that was one of those types of games."
Irving added 13 points for Cleveland and Kevin Love had 13 rebounds and scrapped underneath for a key rebound in the final minute. The Cavs are a league-best 26-6 since Jan. 15.
Indiana had chances, but down the stretch the Pacers couldn't stop James.
“We just got undone by one of the best players in the league,” Coach
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Minnesota was blown out by Brooklyn, 122-106, as the
Sanders added: "It's a man's league. At some point you're going to have to stand your ground. You're going to have to learn how to play. If you get your butts kicked, sometimes that's part of growing up."
Losing is contagious
It’s bad enough that Denver has had a lousy season, but now that the team is resting players, it left
After San Antonio blew a 13-point lead in the second half and lost to the lowly