James sparked Cleveland with 26 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists while Kyrie Irving added 20 for the Cavaliers, who were without forwards Kyle Korver and Richard Jefferson due to sore left knees. He was only averaging 3.0 turnovers per game, he was shooting 48.3 percent from the field.
Up 14 early in the fourth period, the Cavs seemed to have the game under control, but their offense became stagnant and Miles stayed hot for in, as his 3-pointer cut the Pacers' deficit to 96-94 with 5:58 to go. James' statements about the process of getting better were bordering on lip service, as the team looked no better than it had on opening day.
Jimmy Butler defied any inclination to give in to fatigue, and the rest of the Chicago Bulls followed suit with the kind of performance that left little doubt about their desire to make the playoffs.
Westbrook had the first ever flawless triple-double and the most points ever in a triple-double by the end of the month.
James Harden, who led Houston with 30 points, sank a 3-pointer late in the first quarter to give the Rockets an National Basketball Association record 1,078th 3-pointer this season, breaking the old one-season mark set last season by Golden State.
Those are stellar statistics but King James isn't a player easily forgotten.
James appeared to be upset about defensive coverages on Paul George, who scored 16 consecutive Pacers points at one point in overtime and finished with 43 points.
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Mayor John Cranley said the city has gotten outpouring of support from elected officials, including fellow mayors in other cities. A shooting took place inside the club on New Year's Day 2015 and that September another one took place in the parking lot.
However, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reported that the Cavaliers locker room was tense after the game. The Cavaliers won 135-130 in double overtime. You can see the play here. James now has 21 games this season with at least 30. Stephenson played for the Pelicans and Timberwolves this season and hasn't practiced with the Pacers. He hit clutch shots and, as only he can, found other players like J.R. Smith and Kevin Love for tough shots.
And Griffin has managed to make those moves despite the fact that many general managers are reluctant to deal with the Cavs, according to James.
He has worked tirelessly surrounding James with the necessary pieces to win a championship and compete for many more. "This is what we have and we know that, so as we continue to get our guys healthy and we continue to get into the flow of things, we'll figure it out". "Starting the season I wasn't feeling that good and now I feel the best I've ever felt". "It looked like a group of players who were exhausted, dejected and frustrated". "Not going to get into [the reasons], just miscommunication, like I said". That should also work in James' favor as the nitpickers and basketball purists parse through the MVP candidates stats and overall body of work to determine who the league MVP is.
"Obviously they always want to bring my name into it and say that obviously, it's easier because guys want to be here because I'm here", James told ESPN's Dave McMenamin. Unlike Harden or Leonard, James is working with a rookie head coach and still delivering on expectations. He made some big time plays tonight. James has been as dominant as these players and more, for quite some time now.
Per the Medina Gazette: "The Cavs have spent too much of this season just hanging out".
It was an enormous win for Cleveland, as the team remains half a game back of the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 seed in the East and controls their own destiny, since they are tied in the loss column.