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Daily News – December 30, 2016

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LeBron James’ 32nd birthday a happy one after Cavs beat Celtics 124-118
Author: Joe Vardon

CLEVELAND, Ohio — LeBron James is officially done playing basketball as a 31-year old.

The year went pretty well for him.

James scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter of his last game before his 32nd birthday, which is Friday, and the Cavs edged the Celtics 124-118. Cleveland was ahead by 20 in the third quarter and 18 at the end of the period, and watched its lead dwindle all the way down to one point with less than a minute left.

Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 32 points and 12 assists, but left the game with 53 seconds to go with an apparent right hamstring injury. He had converted layups on consecutive possessions to keep the Celtics from taking over.

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Kyrie Irving left Cavs’ win over Boston with hamstring cramp
Author: Joe Vardon

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cavs said Kyrie Irving left the team’s 124-118 victory over the Boston Celtics Thursday late in the fourth quarter because of cramping in his right hamstring.

Irving scored a game-high 32 points, but left the game after finishing a layup with 53 seconds left that put the Cavs ahead by three. He was clutching and trying to work out his right hamstring, and didn’t return.

The team doesn’t believe the injury is serious, but Irving stopped short of saying he’d be OK for the Cavs’ game Saturday in Charlotte.

“We’ll see how I feel in the morning,” said Irving, who scored nine in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 12 assists. He said he had a date with a “cold tub” when he got home.

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LeBron James gives himself ‘F’ for 8 turnovers despite near triple-double in Cavs’ win over Boston
Author: Joe Vardon

CLEVELAND, Ohio — What did LeBron James give himself for his 32nd birthday?

How about an “F” on his report card from the Cavs’ 124-118 win over Boston Thursday, hours before one of the NBA’s best players of all time turned 32.

“I think I was horrible tonight,” James said. “In every facet of the game, I was just pretty bad and it’s unacceptable. I can’t do that if I want to help this team get to where we want to get to. So, if there was a report card, I’d give myself a ‘F’ for tonight’s performance. I just got to be better.”

So we’re clear, James just missed a triple-double with 23 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds. He shot 9-of-18 from the field and scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting in the fourth quarter, while the Cs were racing back from an 18-point deficit. James closed the game with a strip-block of Al Horford with 3.2 seconds left and the Cavs ahead by four.

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More Daily Press Links:

  • (12/30) Cavaliers expose one of Boston’s flaws late and Kyrie Irving joins elite point guard company: Fedor’s five observations
  • (12/30) Richard Jefferson’s technical foul against Golden State’s Kevin Durant rescinded by NBA
  • (12/30) By age 32, LeBron James > Michael Jordan: By the NBA numbers
  • (12/30) Who is LeBron James at 32? Not Michael Jordan, he says
  • (12/30) Cavs Hold Off Scrappy Celtics at The Q
  • (12/30) Cavaliers 124, Celtics 118: Cavs build big lead, stave off Celtics rally Akron Beacon Journal
  • (12/30) Cavs 124, Celtics 118; Jason Lloyd’s 14 thoughts on cramps, birthday’s and LeBron’s report card Akron Beacon Journal
  • (12/30) Cavaliers notebook: Rookie Kay Felder will likely continue to bounce back and forth between Cavs, Canton Charge Akron Beacon Journal
  • (12/30) Cavaliers: Irving scores 32 as Cavs hold off Celtics, 124-118 News-Herald
  • (12/30) Jeff Schudel: Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue knows what LeBron James needs for a birthday gift News-Herald
  • (12/30) Cavs 124, Celtics 118: Cavs nearly blow 20-point lead in victory at The Q Chronicle-Telegram
  • (12/30) Cavaliers hold off Celtics 124-118 Lake County Sentinel
  • (12/30) Cavs’ Kyrie Irving Battles Hamstring Cramp In Final Moments Of Thursday’s Win Over Celtics 92.3 The Fan
  • (12/30) Blogtable: Biggest NBA story of 2016
  • (12/30) Blogtable: Who is the 2016 NBA Person of the Year?
  • (12/30) Blogtable: What did we learn from the Warriors-Cavs Christmas Day rematch?
  • (12/30) LeBron James harps on 8 turnovers, says he was ‘horrible’ vs. Celtics
  • (12/30) Kyrie Irving sidelined by hamstring cramp, not pull, at end of tight win
  • (12/30) LeBron James, about to turn 32, doesn’t want Michael Jordan comparisons
  • (12/30) Ranking LeBron, Kyrie, Curry and NBA’s best players in 2016
  • (12/30) LeBron James rediscovered his 3-point shot, and the NBA is doomed Fox Sports

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