It probably won’t work again, but for one night at least the Cavs offensive strategy of handing the ball to LeBron and standing still paid off.
LeBron James scored or assisted on 32-straight points in the fourth quarter to carry the Cavs to a 112-102 victory in Game 5.
LBJ finished with 37 points, 14 rebounds, and 12 assists.
The game followed a similar script to Game 2, when the Cavs ran out to an early lead, only to see Orlando fight back and take control.
Mo Williams had a strong game, finishing with 24 points, 17 of which came in the first quarter. He played smart and aggressive offensively, which he hadn’t yet done in the series.
Orlando got another dominating performance from Dwight Howard, who finished with 24 points and fouled out almost all of Cleveland’s big man.
Hedo Turkgolu dominated Delonte West once again, finishing with 29 points.
LeBron powered his way to the rim in the fourth quarter, finishing with 17 points.
Boobie Gibson hit two huge 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and played well in 21 minutes off the bench.
Regardless of tonight’s win, Mike Brown has done a very poor coaching job in the series.
The Cavs defensive strategy against Hedo Turkgolu is unclear even after five games. LeBron gaurded Turkgolu in the fourth quarter at times, but needs to check him for longer stretches.
Cleveland has had success early when it runs and Mo Williams handles the ball. With Williams playing well tonight, it didn’t make sense to simply send him to the corner while LeBron went 1-on-5.
It worked tonight, but don’t count on it to work again.
Saturday’s Game 6 should be fantastic.