The NBA-leading Golden State Warriors marched into Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday night expecting to beat the red-hot Cleveland Cavaliers. But, they came through as, LeBron James imposed his will on the game and almost single-handedly made sure that wasn’t they weren’t going to lose. Cleveland easily beat the Warriors by one last score of 110-99, and James is back the thick of the MVP race.
In as big of a statement game as there’s in the NBA’s regular season, it had been clear from tip-off that James was going to bring his A-game. His degree of energy was as high as we’ve seen it this year, finishing with a season-high 42 points, also grabbed 11 boards, 6 assists and 3 steals. The Warriors own the very best defensive rating in the NBA (97.9), nevertheless they couldn’t decelerate James on Thursday night.
The Cavaliers have now won 11 straight games at home and 18 out of their last 20 games. Cavaliers are in position of third invest Eastern Conference with the win and only 1 game behind the Toronto Raptors for second.
Since James returned from injury and played his first game of the season with newly acquired starters Timofey Mozgov and J.R. Smith last month, the team has been on a roll.
As a result of success of the team over the past six weeks, and his performance against the top team in the NBA on Thursday night, James ought to be skyrocketing up the MVP ladder. But he is still behind the leaders of Steph Curry and James Harden, however you better believe those two are looking over their shoulders.
James has to be able to improve his case much more dramatically within the next two weeks. Cleveland will face a long set of talented teams through that span, including the Raptors, Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs. He’ll likewise have another possibility to outplay a high MVP contender in Harden when Cleveland travels to Houston on March 1.
It looks like the MVP can come down to Curry, Harden, James and maybe Russell Westbrook when the season is over. If Cavaliers can continue their dominate play as lately, King James can have a good chance at bringing home the award for a fifth time.