In the imagination, when LeBron James finally made his first game-winning shot it would be received with extreme jubilation. When the moment actually arrived, the overwhelming sentiment was relief.
It wasn't to win a big game, a playoff series or a championship, but James did deliver Wednesday night, rattling in a 20-footer with less than a second to play in overtime as the Cavaliers edged the Charlotte Bobcats, 120-118.
Also, don't ignore Raymond Felton these days. The Bobcat rookie is coming on strong:
Felton scored 30 points, 17 in the fourth quarter and overtime. Most came on uncanny drives to the hoop, where he repeatedly toasted whichever Cav was trying to defend him and then twisted and tossed his body around the hoop to find daylight to get a shot up.
Six times in the last seven minutes of the game Felton made a layup to tie the score or give the Bobcats the lead. Had it not been for Murray's shot, his efforts would've meant victory.
``His quickness was something we had trouble with,'' Brown said. ``We tried everything and he kept getting to the rim over and under our guys.''