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szdaily -> Sports
LeBron’s late defense helps Cavs edge Heat
    2018-February-2  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

LEBRON JAMES scored 24 points and turned away Miami’s James Johnson before he could get off a shot in the final seconds as the Cleveland Cavaliers began a long stretch without injured All-Star Kevin Love by holding off the Heat 91-89 Wednesday night.

“I was going downhill against him. I liked what I was doing. The only thing is, he’s LeBron,” Johnson said.

With the Cavs clinging to a two-point lead after Kyle Korver made one of two free throws, Johnson drove the right side for a potential game-tying shot, but was stopped in his tracks by James on the baseline.

Johnson then fumbled the ball away as the horn sounded.

“I don’t know if there’s anybody else back there that would have stopped J.J. from getting to the rim,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

“We’ve seen it before. LeBron met him and was able to stop him basically in the paint. I don’t think there’s anybody else in the league who could do that.”

Jae Crowder made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:21 left for the Cavs, who came in as the NBA’s worst defensive team. Cleveland, though, buckled down in big spots and held the Heat to 3-of-28 shooting on 3-pointers.

“To win a game on the defensive side with the struggles we’ve had, that’s pretty impressive,” James said. “And versus this team, who’s had one of the best records in the NBA in January. It was a big win for us.”

The Cavs rebounded from a troubling loss Tuesday at Detroit — the undermanned Pistons scored 125 points — and prevented the Heat from overtaking them for third place in the Eastern Conference standings.

It was Cleveland’s first game since Love broke his left hand. The five-time All-Star is consulting with surgeons in New York, and it’s possible he’ll undergo an operation as early as Thursday. Love, who could miss two months, already has screws in the hand from a previous procedure after he broke it in 2009 with Minnesota.

(SD-Agencies)

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