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Cavaliers vs. Rockets Final Score: James Harden smokes Cavs, 112-104

The Cleveland Cavaliers found themselves in a fast-paced battle with a good playoff team. Ultimately, they fell short as James Harden took over and led the Rockets to victory.

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James Harden was quiet for the first three quarters. That didn't last once the fourth quarter started. Harden scored 16 points in the final period and 29 total. Harden also racked up 7 steals on way to a 112-104 win for the Rockets over the Cavaliers.

Final - 1.5.2013 1 2 3 4 Total
Houston Rockets 20 34 24 34 112
Cleveland Cavaliers 26 24 28 26 104

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Kyrie Irving was good and bad tonight. He scored 30 points and had 6 assists and 4 steals. But he also committed 8 turnovers, including a crucial offensive foul in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.

Tristan Thompson locked up a double-double before the first half was finished. He ended the game with 14 points and 16 rebounds. The dude is kind of becoming a monster.

Dion Waiters had another rough night. It included some poor shooting, bad turnovers and was highlighted by an awesome defensive possession in which he shut down Harden for 23 seconds only to have him drain a 30-footer as the buzzer sounded. Womp womp.

This game basically went exactly as I predicted. They competed for 95% of the game and then fell apart at the end. I've seen this movie roughly 30 times this year.

The Cavs have tomorrow off and will play the Chicago Bulls at 8 PM on Monday. Leave your post-game comments and thoughts here. Don't use the subject line in your comment. See how annoying it is when random words are bold and others aren't?

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