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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cavs vs. Thunder, Game 45

CAVS (34-11) 100, OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (24-20) 99
at Quicken Loans Arena
TV: Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: Defense is the name of the game for the Cavs, who held the Thunder to 38.4 percent shooting and used a gigantic block by LeBron James on Kevin Durant with 2.9 seconds left.

James had six turnovers, but he carried the Cavs on his back in the second half.

He's now the leading scorer in the league at 29.9 points per game.

The Cavs struggled in the backcourt, as they were playing without point guards Mo Williams and Delonte West. Neither player will likely play against Miami, either, on Monday.

The Cavs have won the last five meetings against the Thunder at The Q. They've also beaten Oklahoma City the last four times they've played, including on Dec. 13, 102-91.

Durant scores with such ease. At 6-10, he's a nightmare to cover.

"He’s one of the toughest covers in the league," Cavs coach Mike Brown said. "He’s able to shoot the 3 ball with range. They set a lot of screens for him."

NOTES - Forward Jawad Williams had a career-high 12 points.

-- Recently signed Cedric "The Entertainer" Jackson made his NBA debut in the first half. He played two scoreless minutes.

-- The Cavs are now 17-3 at home this season.

-- Forward J.J. Hickson has averaged 11.5 rebounds in his last two games.

-- The Cavs have outrebounded their last 19 opponents.

-- Forward Jamario Moon is active tonight, but didn't play. He's expected to play in Miami on Monday.

SF LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant
PF J.J. Hickson vs. Jeff Green
C Shaquille O'Neal vs. Nenad Krstic
SG Anthony Parker vs. Thabo Sefolosha
PG Daniel Gibson vs. Russell Westbrook
Cavs - G Mo Williams (left shoulder sprain), G Delonte West (fractured left ring finger, F Leon Powe (left knee surgery).
Thunder - G Kyle Weaver (shoulder surgery), F/C D.J. White (fractured right thumb), G/F Matt Harpring (knee).
James Capers, Mark Ayotte, Curtis Blair


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