NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Cleveland
(Wednesday, March 22nd)
Final Score: Cleveland 120, Charlotte 118 (OT)
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer in overtime and finished with a triple-double, as the Cleveland Cavaliers edged the Charlotte Bobcats, 120-118, at Quicken Loans Arena.
James finished with 37 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists for his fifth triple-double of the season. Ronald Murray added 19 points and Drew Gooden also had 19 while pulling down eight boards for the Cavs, who have won three straight.
Raymond Felton dropped in 30 points and dished out 10 assists for the Bobcats, who have lost five of their last six overall. Jumaine Jones and Alan Anderson each had 17 points.
With the score knotted at 116-116 in the extra session, James put the Cavs ahead after sinking two free throws with 36.6 seconds remaining. Felton tied things up at the other end after driving through the lane and dropping in a finger roll for two points with 20.7 ticks left.
After a timeout, James controlled the ball for the Cavs and dribbled to the top of the key. From there, James took one step in on Jones and pulled back for a fadeaway jumper that went in as time expired to give Cleveland the thrilling overtime victory.
With both teams trading baskets for the majority of the fourth quarter, Murray tied things up after going 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. Felton then gave the Bobcats a 103-101 advantage after driving from the left baseline and scooping in two points off the glass.
After two timeouts, James dished the ball off to Donyell Marshall at the left corner and his three-point attempt rattled off the rim with 12.6 seconds left. Jake Voskuhl then hit 1-of-2 from the line to make it a three-point game at 104-101.
With time running out, James found Murray all alone in the right corner and he drained the wide open trey with .4 seconds left in regulation to tie things up and send the game into overtime.
Trailing by three points, the Cavs ended the opening quarter on a 19-2 surge to take a 34-22 lead into the second stanza. James netted six straight points during the stretch while Gooden added four points.
Despite being outscored 24-21 in the second quarter, Cleveland still led 55-46 at halftime. James led the way with 13 points and seven rebounds while Gooden had 12.
The Cavs have won five in a row at home and own a 25-10 mark as the host this season...James' triple-double was the ninth of his career...Cleveland improved to 4-0 in overtime games this season...The Cavs are 6-0 all-time against Charlotte...Zydrunas Ilgauskas had a double-double for Cleveland with 11 points and 10 rebounds...The Bobcats have lost four in a row on the road and are just 6-29 as the guest this season...Bernard Robinson had 15 points and 14 boards in the loss.
03/22 22:34:32 ET