Sunday, January 21, 2007

Hoops post: Buckeyes and Cavaliers

Saturday night the Buckeyes played host to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, and I was there. The Bucks started off leading 9-0, but Iowa quickly came back and the game was close for most of the first half. OSU took a double digit lead into halftime, but another run by the Hawkeyes brought Iowa within 4 early in the 2nd half. Then, the Bucks exploded and took a commanding lead, and went on to win 82-63. The victory was led by the dominating force of Greg Oden, who finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. He must have had at least 7 dunks, a couple of which were offensive rebound slams where he seemingly came out of nowhere.

Now on to the Cavs, who were in Oakland playing the Golden State Warriors. When I turned this game on, it was in the 3rd quarter and they were down I changed channels and watched Mythbusters for a while. Then one of my roommates said, "hey, check the game, you'll be surprised" so I did...and saw that Cleveland had a 90-89 lead late in the 4th. a bit later, with the score tied at 98, LeBron James' 3 point try at the buzzer caught iron and the game went into OT. The Cavs opened up the extra session by scoring the first 5 points, taking control of OT. However, with 7 seconds left and up 106-104, the Cavs turned the ball over on an inbound attempt, and the Warriors had a chance to win it or go for the tie with their next possession. But James tipped the ball away from Golden State and Drew Gooden grabbed it and was fouled with 2.1 left.....and missed both free throws. So Golden State would have one more chance, but a 3 pointer at the buzzer was no good, giving the Cavs a 106-104 win. This was the last game of a 7 game western road trip, in which the Cavs went 3-4. They are now 24-16 and tied for the leading spot in the Eastern Conference.

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