LeBron fails to close for Cavs in NBA

Oct 13 2019 Published by under 深圳桑拿网

Arguably the best closer in the game, LeBron James failed to deliver when it mattered most.


James scored 37 points but missed a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, and the Houston Rockets held on for a 105-103 victory over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, in a physically intense playoff-type matchup.

“There is no excuse, I didn’t come through,” said James, who shot 15-of-35 from the floor and just 3-of-11 from the stripe.

“Guys put us in position to win, but I missed the two biggest free throws of the game to put us up with seconds on the clock. I failed my teammates.”

League top scorer James Harden had 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Terrence Jones netted 19 for Houston (41-18), winners of five in a row.

“It was a good, physical, hard-fought game,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “It was kind of a gritty win for us.”

In other matches the visiting LA Clippers beat Chicago Bulls 96-86.

Chris Paul had 28 points and 12 assists, while league top rebounder DeAndre Jordan grabbed 26, helping the Clippers (39-21) beat the injury-decimated Bulls.

Montenegrin rookie big man Nikola Mirotic scored a career-high 29 for Chicago (37-23), playing without Derrick Rose (right knee surgery) Taj Gibson (left ankle sprain) and losing All-Star Jimmy Butler (left elbow sprain) early in the third quarter.

Portland Trail Blazers also had a win on the road, downing the Sacramento Kings 110-99.

Damian Lillard dropped in 31 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 with 15 rebounds, and the visiting Trail Blazers (39-19) beat the Kings for a third straight victory.

Rudy Gay scored 24 points for Sacramento (20-37), playing without All-Star centre DeMarcus Cousins (ankle sprain and bruised hip) for the second straight game.

Indiana Pacers had too much in the tank for the Philadelphia 76ers with a 94-74 victory.

George Hill scored 17 points, Roy Hibbert had 14 with 15 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Pacers (25-34) used a 17-3 closing run to beat the visiting Sixers (13-46) for their eighth win in the last 10 games.

Also Charlotte Hornets beat Orlando Magic 98-83, Oklahoma City Thunder edged the LA Lakers 108-101 and New Orleans Pelicans enjoyed the same margin over Denver Nuggets 99-92.

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