Lebron Sets the Garden on Fire, and Receives a Standing “O”

lebron_james_219x328.jpgThe game started as usual for the Cavs, with Lebron looking to pass and get his teammates involved.  On his first shot attempt of the quarter, he drained a baseline jumper off a quick dribble.  Taking only 2 other shots, he would end the quarter with 2 points, shooting 1/3 from the field.

With the 1st quarter in the books, and his teammates warmed up, James would go on to score 18 points in the 2nd quarter and 17 points in the 3rd. 

It was in the 4th quarter, however, that he would take over the game…Not with his spectacular dunks in the open court, not with his power-house drives pass 2 and 3 defenders, not from the free throw line.  No.  He would take over the game from behind the arc.

With under 4:30 left on the clock and the Knicks up 99-98,  James turned to the sidelines and mouthed 50 to Spike Lee, who was sitting courtside at the game (as usual), and began his attack from long-range. 

He hit 2 consecutive 3-pointers to pull the Cavs up 105-98.  Then came another with a little over 2 minutes to play to put the Cavs on top 110-99.  Seemingly, to make good on his promise to Spike, James shot 1 more dagger into the heart of the Knicks, wrapping up his relentless 3-point attack.

James ended the game with 50 points (including four 3-pointers in the 4th quarter), 10 assists, and 8 rebounds.  He shot 16-30 from the field, in his second 50-point game of the season.

The fans loved it!  In a packed house at the Garden, he received a standing “O” and a “MVP” chant as he left the game with under 1 minute left. 

One fan, wearing a #23 Cavaliers jersey, ran out of the stands towards the Cleveland bench and said a few words to James, before being quickly turned away and arrested.  James simply turned and smiled.

He had this to say after the game:

“It was a great feeling. You get a fan to come down there to express the way he feels about you … told me I was his favorite player, that never happens,” James said. “I respect him, I respect his pride and for him to come out there and tell me something like that face to face, it’s like the (most) unbelievable thing that ever happened to me.”

When asked whether or not he was afraid when he saw the fan coming towards him, James said,

“I’m 6-9 and 260…I’m all right.”

Damon Jones pulled in 15 points, and Devin Brown rounded out the Cavs leading scorers with 14 points.

With Big Z, Sasha, and Gibson still out, the Cavs pulled out another win.  But having a player like Lebron James definitely eases the shock of losing players to injuries, as he can, and will, bear the load.

The Knicks fell short in their 4th game in a row, while the Cavs increased their record to 4-2 since the trade, and get their 3rd straight win.

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2007-2008 Regular Season: Cavaliers vs. Knicks
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Arena: Madison Square Garden
Starters: D. West, D. Brown, L. James, B. Wallace, A. Varejao
Final: 119-105 (W)

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4 Comments

  1. most of the game was sloppy but Bron’s 4th quarter show was great. he saved the game for the cavs.

  2. He always saves the game. Take him out the mix and what do you have? A losin season I’m sure.

  3. You can take away any teams top player and it will devastate the team and change their season record. Take Kobe from the Lakers…Take Garnett from the Celtics…Take Duncan from the Spurs…

    But yes, Lebron is very important to the Cavs, probably moreso than any other player is to their team.

    But whatever the case, we play Chicago tonight and the game is coming on in a few…I’m about to order some Tai food and shut this computer down until sometime tomorrow.

  4. Sick performance by Lebron that night.


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  • 2007-2008 Schedule

    (* - Denotes Home Games)

    October
    31: vs Dallas*, 74-92 (L)

    November
    02: vs Knicks*, 110-106 (W)
    04: vs Phoenix, 92-103 (L)
    06: vs Warriors, 108-104 (W)
    07: vs Utah, 101-103 (L)
    09: vs Sacramento, 93-91 (W)
    11: vs LA Clippers, 103-95 (W)
    12: vs Denver, 100-122 (L)
    14: vs Orlando*, 116-117 (L)
    16: vs Utah*, 99-94 (W)
    20: vs Bucks*, 107-111 (L)
    21: vs Minnesota, 97-86 (W)
    24: vs Toronto*, 111-108 (W)
    25: vs Indiana, 111-106 (W)
    27: vs Boston*, 109-104 (W)
    28: vs Detroit, 74-109 (L)
    30: vs Toronto, 82-91 (L)

    December
    02: vs Boston, 70-80 (L)
    04: vs Nets*, 79-100 (L)
    05: vs Washington, 86-105 (L)
    08: vs Charlotte, 93-96 (L)
    11: vs Indiana*, 118-105 (W)
    14: vs Nets, 97-105 (L)
    15: vs Philadelphia*, 86-92 (L)
    17: vs Milwaukee*, 104-99 (L)
    19: vs New York, 90-108 (L)
    20: vs LA Lakers*, 94-90 (W)
    23: vs Warriors*, 96-105 (L)
    25: vs Miami*, 96-82 (W)
    27: vs Dallas, 88-81 (W)
    29: vs New Orleans, 76-86 (L)

    January
    02: vs Atlanta*, 98-94 (W)
    04: vs Kings*, 97-93 (W)
    06: vs Toronto, 93-90 (W)
    08: vs Seattle*, 95-79 (W)
    09: vs Atlanta, 81-90 (L)
    11: vs Charlotte*, 113-106 (W)
    15: vs Memphis, 132-124 (W)
    17: vs San Antonio, 90-88 (W)
    21: vs Miami, 97-90 (W)
    23: vs Wizards*, 121-85 (W)
    25: vs Phoenix*, 108-110 (L)
    27: vs La Lakers, 98-95 (W)
    30: vs Portland, 84-83 (W)
    31: vs Seattle, 95-101 (L)

    February
    02: vs LA Clippers*, 98-84 (W)
    05: vs Boston*, 114-113 (W)
    07: vs Houston, 77-92 (L)
    08: vs Atlanta, 100-95 (W)
    10: vs Denver*, 83-113 (L)
    11: vs Orlando, 118-111 (W)
    13: vs Spurs*, 105-112 (L)
    19: vs Houston*, 85-93 (L)
    20: vs Indiana, 106-97 (W)
    22: vs Wizards*, 90-89 (W)
    24: vs Memphis*, 109-89 (W)
    26: vs Milwaukee, 102-105 (L)
    27: vs Boston, 87-92 (L)
    29: vs Minnesota*, 92-84 (W)

    March
    02: vs Chicago*, 95-86 (W)
    05: vs New York, 119-105 (W)
    06: vs Chicago, 96-107 (L)
    08: vs Indiana*, 103-95 (W)
    10: vs Portland*, 88-80 (W)
    12: vs New Jersey, 99-104 (L)
    13: vs Washington, 99-101 (L)
    16: vs Charlotte*, 98-91 (W)
    17: vs Orlando, 90-104 (L)
    19: vs Detroit*, 89-73 (W)
    21: vs Toronto*, 90-83 (W)
    22: vs Milwaukee, 8:30p
    26: vs New Orleans*, 7p
    29: vs Detroit, 7:30p
    30: vs Philadelphia*, 6p

    April
    02: vs Charlotte, 7p
    03: vs Chicago*, 8p
    05: vs Orlando*, 3p
    09: vs New Jersey*, 7p
    11: vs Chicago, 7p
    13: vs Miami*, 1p
    14: vs Philadelphia, 7p
    16: vs Detroit*, 7p
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