James, who finished with a game-high 37 points but went 3-of-11 from the free-throw line, also shared his self-criticism on Twitter following the game.
After sinking a three-pointer in overtime with 43 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 104-103, James was fouled with four seconds remaining. He proceeded to miss both sealing the 105-103 win for the Rockets.
[daily_cut.NBA]James' 3-of-11 free-throw shooting was his worst of the season. His previous low (minimum 10 attempts) came on Christmas Day, when he went 10-of-18 from the line in a 101-91 loss to the Miami Heat.
James also was on the receiving end of a kick to the groin from Rockets guard James Harden, who said afterward the kick was not intentional. Harden finished with a team-high 33 points in addition to eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Houston improved to 41-18 while Cleveland fell to 37-24. The Cavaliers had won 18 of their last 21 games including a 110-99 home victory on Thursday against the Golden State Warriors.
- Mike Fiammetta