The Fifth Quarter: If you didn’t/couldn’t/weren’t allowed to watch the NBA on Christmas …

The Cavaliers were, simply, the Cavaliers on Sunday as the defending champs snapped the Warriors’ nine-game winning streak against Eastern Conference teams with a  109-108 win at Quicken Loans Arena. 

Kyrie Irving’s fadeaway over Klay Thompson, who couldn’t have done a better job defensively on the play, closed the deal with 3.4 seconds to play. 

But a special win? Sorry.

“It’s not about those guys. It’s about our journey,” LeBron James said afterward. “That’s a helluva team over there. We know that over there in the Western Conference they’re going to be there in the long run. But for us, it’s about our progress, it’s about our journey and we want to get better every day.”

Even if James won’t admit it, the epic game lived up to ABC and ESPN’s hype (which is saying something). 

The teams play again Jan. 16 in Oakland and wouldn’t meet again until a potential Cavs-Warriors v.3 in the Finals.

Thank you, Santa! (a.k.a. Studs of the Day).

— They weren’t as flashy as Russell Westbrook (31 points, 15 assists, 7 rebounds), but Thunder big men Steven Adams (22 points and a plus-13 +/- when on the

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