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Cavs pull away from Clippers in overtime thriller after failing to lead in regulation; Three Takeaways

CLEVELAND – One of the strangest games from the 2017-18 NBA season unfolded on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cavaliers never led in regulation.

The Clippers never trailed in regulation.

Neither of these two points pertain to the final, hard-to-believe result.

Despite a slow start, Cleveland was able to make it to the top of an uphill battle, edging past Los Angeles, 118-113 in overtime, to extend its winning streak to a season-high four games, while also extending the opposition’s losing streak to a season-high seven games.

LeBron James scored 39 points, crashed the boards for 14 rebounds and assisted on six passes, all team-leading marks in the victorious effort.

Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade combined for 48 points and 19 rebounds, paving the way for a come-from-behind, resilient team that has recently been decimated by injuries.

Here are three takeaways from the oddball of a game…

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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