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LeBron James rattles off 13 straight points in fourth quarter, carries Cavs to 116-111 victory; Three takeaways

CLEVELAND – The Cavs and Grizzlies extended their streaks to 11 games on Saturday evening at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cleveland is arguably the hottest team in the NBA, winning every contest dating back to Nov. 11.

Memphis is arguably the coldest team in the NBA, losing every contest dating back to Nov. 11.

Despite landing on opposite ends of the spectrum, the two rosters went neck-and-neck with each other in a tightly contested affair, as the Wine and Gold eventually hung on for a 116-111 victory to claim sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference.

LeBron James took charge with 15 points in the fourth quarter, including the final 13 points for the home five. Kevin Love registered his 16th double-double of the campaign, while J.R. Smith and Dwyane Wade chipped in 17 and 16 points respectively.

Tyreke Evans and Marc Gasol combined for 58 points, 13 rebounds and 16 assists, but a step-back three from James with five seconds remaining fended off the late rally.

Here are three takeaways from the high-scoring thriller…

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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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