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article imageNBA: Cavs get first win in 26 games against Clippers in OT

By Kristofor Molson     Feb 12, 2011 in Sports
Cleveland - The Cleveland Cavaliers have been taking loss after loss for the last two months adding up to a 0–26 record. The team's last win was against the New York Knicks on Dec. 18 in overtime as well 109 – 102. It was a similar situation against the Clippers.
The Los Angeles Clippers (20-33) came into Quicken Loans Arena to face the Cleveland Cavaliers (9-45) after beating the New York Knicks the night before 116 - 108. The Clippers had a big game from its stars but in the end some questionable calls cost them the game.
The Clippers jumper out to a early lead behind the hot hand of their All-Star Blake Griffin who had 13 of his 32 points in the first quarter, he even showed some range by knocking down a 3-pointer to close out the quarter. Hickson had a big quarter for the Cavs, but they still struggled as the Clippers went on a 9-2 run outscoring the Cavs 33-29 to end the first.
The second quarter is where the Cavs got their chance to make it close with the Clippers having a lack luster quarter scoring just 20 points after putting up 33 in the first quarter as a team. Jamison and Hickson kept the game close helping the Cavs to go into halftime down by just one at 53-52.
Los Angeles got a big game from Griffin who had 32 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Baron Davis had another big game on this road trip with 26 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists, but was ejected late in the game for arguing a call. Randy Foye put up 23 points with four assists and three steals.
Cleveland had a big game tonight from Antawn Jamison who had 35 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. He got big help from J.J. Hickson who has been on fire of late averaging 22.6 points and 12 rebounds in the last five games. He added 27 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks tonight. Mo Williams returned to the Cavs coming off an injury, and also came off the bench with Daniel Gibson to score 17 points respectively.
The third quarter began and the Cavs looked like they wanted this win bad. The Cavs came out and actually took the lead 56-55 at the 10:26 mark. The Clippers kept pace tying the game at 58 on a 3-pointer by Davis. Ryan Gomes (10 points, 7 rebounds) hit big three as well to push them ahead by three. The game was tied at 70 and 75 at one point and both teams fought to get away, but time ran out and the Cavs lead going into the fourth 83-81.
The fourth quarter belonged to Griffin and rookie Eric Bledsoe (13 points) who tried to carry the Clippers to victory, once again it was Hickson and Jamison leading the way for the Cavs in this final quarter. Griffin tied the game up at 85 with two free-throws and Bledsoe put them ahead by two with a jumper. Hickson tied the game back up at 87 with 9:41 left in the game. After so many lead changes and ties the game came down to 0.6 seconds on the clock tied at 110 apiece.
The Clippers passed the ball into Davis at the top of the key, and do the defensive switch he had Hickson on him. Davis crossed over and drove to the basket with a baby scoop shoot that looked like it was on its way down when Hickson got to it and blocked as time expired. You could see the Clippers wanted the game as they all turned around to look for a goaltending call, but no whistle had blown.
With the game tied at 110 the teams went into OT where the Cavs jumped out on an 8-2 run forcing the Clippers to take a timeout. After the timeout Davis hit a layup and so did Bledsoe to make the score 116-120. Foye then came down on a fast break and knocked down a 3-poitner after blocking Williams shoot on the other end. The Clippers were now only down by one 120 – 119 as the Cavs took a timeout.
After the Cavs took their timeout was when the game got out of hand. The Cavs ran a play for Williams who missed the reverse layup and Gomes went up for the rebound only to have Hickson jump over his back and knock him to the ground with no foul called. The Clippers bench was irate along with Coach Vinny Del Negro who looked beside himself as the Cavs took the ball out.
On the inbound they threw the ball into Jamison who hit the biggest 3-pointer of the Cavs season giving them a 123-119 lead with just under .30 seconds left.
Foye came down and pumped fake a Cav in the air then shoot a 3-pointer that rattled in and out and Hickson grabbed the rebound. After all the calls that did not go in the Clippers favor, Davis erupted arguing with the refs to the point where he was ejected from the game.
The Cavs were up 123-119 and after Davis ejection the game was pretty much over, Williams knocked down the technical foul shoot and Gibson hit his two free-throws to put them up 126-119.
Most of the sports fans and media wanted the Cavs to lose tonight so the NBA would have to set a futility game between them and the Washington Wizards who have not won a game on the road since the season started. It would have made it a game were one had to give, the Cavs overall losing streak or the Wizards road losing streak.
LeBron James even said he wanted the Cavs to lose so the NBA would have to televise the game on National TV.
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