James Helps Cavs Rally Past Nets 104-83

LeBron flirts with triple-double in Cleveland victory
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2008 9:59 PM CDT
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives past New Jersey Nets' Richard Jefferson in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 9, 2008, in Cleveland.    (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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(Newser) – LeBron James played with his aching back and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied for a much-needed win. James, who didn't practice Monday and Tuesday because of back spasms, scored 33 points as the Cavaliers overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat the New Jersey Nets, 104-83. James was 11-of-21 from the field with seven rebounds and eight assists.

The Nets led 67-53 midway through the third period before the Cavaliers rallied to take a 76-74 lead going into the fourth quarter. Bostjan Nachbar's 3-pointer to begin the fourth gave New Jersey a 77-76 lead, but Cleveland scored the next nine points. Sasha Pavlovic had a jumper, Joe Smith scored two baskets, and Wally Sczerbiak added a 3-pointer to go ahead, 85-77.