Wild, wacky night at Q
What a crazy night in the NBA. Four different players scored at least 40 points, led by Sacramento guard Kevin Martin's career-high 43. Seattle guard Damien Wilkins had 41 and Cavaliers forward LeBron James and New Orleans power forward David West each had 40.
That craziness was rampant in Quicken Loans Arena in the Cavs’ 99-94 win over the Utah Jazz.
On one play in the second half, James lost the ball while dribbling near the baseline. The ball was headed out of bounds. While flying in the air, he swatted the ball across court to a wide-open Damon Jones behind the 3-point arc. Of course, he made it.
It couldn’t have been any more dazzling than the block by Cavs forward Cedric Simmons in the first half. Jazz forward Carlos Boozer put up a baseline shot, which Simmons swatted out of bounds. It was a big-time play, and perhaps a glimpse of better times to come for the second-year forward.
It was also one of a season-high 12 blocks by the Cavs on the night.
Keeping with the theme of the night, perhaps the wackiest thing to happen occurred in the first half after a skit by Moondog, who was wearing a Jim Tressel sweater vest.
The problem was when in-game host Ahmaad Crump and Moondog left their O-H-I-O placard on the court. Official Bill Callahan stopped play and removed the placard from the court.