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LeBron James, Cavaliers Beat Surging Thunder

| by Daniel Yancelson
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Just a few weeks ago the Cleveland Cavaliers were one of the NBA’s biggest disappointments after losing six straight games, and problems surrounded the team and head coach David Blatt.

That is all gone now as the Cavaliers are red hot and seem to be firing on all cylinders. Cleveland beat Oklahoma City Thunder 108-98 on Jan. 25, for the Cavs' sixth straight win.

LeBron James has had a big impact on the team’s winning streak as the team is 6-1 since his return to the lineup. James led the team in the game with 34 points, while adding seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal.

"We're a confident bunch," James said. "But for us, we're a humble bunch. It's one game versus a very experienced team, a very talented team, a very good team that's been together for a while. It shows that we can match up with some of the high-caliber teams."

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Kyrie Irving added 21 points and six assists, and Kevin Love added a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds.

The Thunder were nine games under .500 and have managed to climb all the way back to a 22-22 record and with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook healthy, they could make a nice run at the playoffs.

Durant scored 32, dished out nine assists and grabbed nine boards. Westbrook was a rebound shy of a triple-double with 22 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. Serge Ibaka had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

"We were a couple of possessions away from really turning the game to a different outcome," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "Give them credit. They're playing good basketball right now and they have three great players."

The Thunder are right back in action as they host the Timberwolves on Jan. 26, and the Cavs get a day to rest before visiting the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 27.

Source: ESPN / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons