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Final Score: Cavaliers step up defensive intensity, LeBron James ignites in 113-87 victory

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The Cavaliers give us a win to be thankful for.

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LeBron James played like a king, the Cavaliers played with serious defensive intensity, and the Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves at 7-7 on thanksgiving after a beatdown of the Washington Wizards. Cleveland built a 13 point lead in the first quarter behind LeBron James and Anderson Varejao aggression and offensive efficiency and suffocating defense. Washington never seriously challenged the Cavs.

It's the night before Thanksgiving, so this isn't going to be our most in-depth recap of the year. LeBron James was fantastic, and attacked the rim and got to the free throw line. When he is the best player in the world, the Cavaliers can entertain the notion of entering the discussion of being a championship contender themselves. He has a serious connection with Anderson Varejao, and it's great to see the Wild Thing excel.

I loved the defensive play from nearly every Cavalier, but Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and Dion Waiters were particularly fun. Irving had three first half steals, and kept John Wall in check for the game. Wall finished with six points on six shots. Thompson had one blocked shot, but changed several others. Waiters had several successful closeouts, and appeared dialed in, particularly when guarding Bradley Beal. It's great to see the young guys put together efforts like that.

Kevin Love had 21 points on 10 shots. The Cavs aren't running enough pick and rolls for him, but man the guy is efficient. He gets to the line at will, and can bully lesser defenders in the post. I think we will end up really enjoying Kevin.

LeBron James is the star here, and he finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals. He's the captain of the team, the leader, and tonight he set the tone with early energy. He's so good, and he plays for the hometown team.

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Everyone have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, tell your family and friends you love them, and enjoy this win. Thanks for being a part of this community.