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Cavs give away(literally) game, lose to Jazz 97-96

A full re-cap to come, but what an amazing game.  The Cavaliers played lethargic for much of the 2nd half, watching a 7 point lead turn into a 12 point deficit with 4 minutes to go.  That's when LeBron James got going, scoring 18 points in the final 3:15 to give the Cavaliers a 6 point lead.  It wasn't enough.

Clutch shooting from the Jazz, and timely misses from the Cavaliers from the free throw line(2 by Anthony Parker, 1 by Zydrunas Ilgauskas) set the stage for the Jazz to steal victory out of the jaws of defeat 97-96.

For the Jazz the hero was Sundiata Gaines, playing on his second 10-day contract, who buried a long 3 at the buzzer giving the Jazz the win.

There are games like this, every team in the NBA faces it.  We all knew that the Cavaliers' troubles at the free throw line would bite the Cavaliers at some point or another.  Tonight was the night.

Let's not forget 23 turnovers.

A hat-tip to Gaines, and to the Jazz.  It was fun.  On to LA!