LeBron Powers Undermanned Cleveland

Wizards lose again despite Cavs having only 8 players available
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2008 12:10 AM CST
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, defends Washington Wizards' DeShawn Stevenson during the fourth quarter of an NBA game Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, in Cleveland. Cleveland won 90-89. (AP Photo/Mark...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After recently being touted by his coach as NBA MVP, LeBron James backed up that statement with another superb performance, leading the Cavaliers in a 90-89 nail-biter over Washington. James hit the winning free throws with 8 seconds left as part of his 33-point, 15-rebound night, while playing nearly the entire game because Cleveland dressed only eight players, reports AP.

The Cavs were shorthanded because they couldn't use the four players they acquired in a major trade Thursday, including center Ben Wallace. Damon Jones, however, was a nice accompaniment to James with 27 points, including seven three-pointers. The Wizards' DeShawn Stevenson had a chance to win after LeBron's foul shots, but his layup attempt failed. Washington's lost 10 of 11.