Monthly Archives: November 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers Pulverize Orlando Magic 117-103

The Cleveland Cavaliers blow out the Orlando Magic at home 117-103. Cavs improve to 11-3 and Magic fall to 6-8 on the season. Cavaliers are 8-0 at home. Kevin Love led the way with a season high 34 points on 11 of 18 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out four assists, and knocked down six three-pointers. Love simply went off this game and was on fire. LeBron James posted a double-double with 15 points, handed out 13 assists, and plucked six rebounds. LeBron only shot 1 of 5 from the foul line. Cavaliers were plus 29 with James on the floor.

Matthew Dellavedova put in 15 points on 5 of 8 from the field, gave out nine assists, and drained four three-pointers. Dellavedova has played very well while Kyrie Irving, and Mo Williams have sat out. Tristan Thompson racked up nine points on 3 of 4 from the field, and picked up 14 rebounds. Thompson was one point shy of a double-double. Richard Jefferson added seven points on 3 of 5 from the field off the bench.

J.R. Smith managed 26 points on 10 of 16 from the field, and made six three-pointers. Anderson Varejao dropped in four points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the field, and gathered eight rebounds off the pine.

Cavaliers shot very well tonight as they shot 53.1 percent from the field, and shot an awesome 51.4 percent on 18 of 35 from three-point range. Cavaliers moved the ball very well as a team with 34 assists in the game and did not turn the ball over much. Cavaliers were losing by 10 points in the first half but they stepped up in the second half, and got more stops on defense. Love really got the Cavs back in the game in the first half. Cavaliers are still having a very good season so far despite injuries and they are currently first place in the Eastern Conference.

Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving, and Iman Shumpert have still not played a game for the Cavaliers this season as they are still recovering from injury. Timofey Mozgov missed tonights game with a shoulder injury, and Mo Williams also did not play with a right leg injury. Cavaliers will play the Toronto Raptors next game Wednesday on the road.

For the Magic, Andrew Nicholson notched 18 points on 6 of 9 from the field to go along with eight rebounds off the bench. Evan Fournier contributed 13 points on 4 of 5 from the field, and shot a perfect 3 of 3 from downtown. Nikola Vucevic scored 12 points on 6 of 10 from the field, and caught five rebounds. Aaron Gordan recorded 11 points on 5 of 10 from the field, snagged six rebounds, and blocked three shots. Channing Frye chipped in 9 points on a perfect 3 of 3 from three-point land in seven minutes off the bench.

The Magic bench out-scored the Cavs bench 59 to 18, but it was not enough for them to beat the Cavs. Magic shot a solid 49.4 percent from the field, and shot 45.5 percent on 10 of 22 from three-point distance, but they let the Cavs get too comfortable on offense in this game. Magic allowed the Cavs to shoot 53.1 percent from the field and Cavs made 18 three-pointers. Magic did shoot merely 61.9 percent on 13 of 21 from the free-throw line.

Magic were winning by 10 points in the first half, and they were only losing by four points going into the second half, but the game got away from them quickly in the second half and they ended up losing by 14 points. Magic have now lost three of their last four games. Magic will head back home on Wednesday to play against the New York Knicks.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Cruise Past Atlanta Hawks 109-97

Cleveland Cavaliers top Atlanta Hawks 109-97 at home. Cavaliers improve to 10-3 and Hawks fall to 9-6 on the season. Cavaliers are currently first place in the Eastern Conference. Kevin Love led the way with a game high 25 points on 9 of 15 from the field, and grabbed 15 rebounds in 31 minutes. LeBron James chipped in a double-double with 19 points on 8 of 15 from the field, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out eight assists, and blocked two shots. J.R. Smith put in 15 points, handed out four assists, and made four three-points, but he shot only 5 of 18 from the field.

Tristan Thompson played a great game replacing injured Timofey Mozgov in the starting lineup. Thompson put up nine points, plucked 16 rebounds, gave out five assists, and blocked two shots in 40 minutes. Matthew Dellavedova dropped in 12 points on 4 of 6 from the field to go along with three assists. Richard Jefferson added eight points on 4 of 8 from the field, and dished out three assists off the bench. Anderson Varejao contributed seven points on 2 of 4 from the field, and gathered three rebounds off the pine. James Jones pitched in six points on a perfect 2 of 2 from three-point range in only five minutes.

Cavs shot a solid 48.2 percent from the field, and shot a respectable 37.9 percent on 11 of 29 from three-point distance. Cavs limited the Hawks to 37.2 shooting percent from the field. Cavaliers had a double digit lead for most of this game and there were no lead changes all game long. Cavaliers bounce back winning two straight games at home after losing two in a row on the road. Cavaliers will play again at home next game on Monday to face off the Orlando Magic.

Meanwhile, Mo Williams, Timofey Mozgov, Iman Shumpert, and Kyrie Irving all were out with injuries for this game. Mozgov is expected to miss 10-14 days with a shoulder injury, and Williams is listed as doubtful to play for next game. According to Chris Haynes of cleveland.com, Shumpert is aiming for a mid-December return.

LeBron James said “Next man up. No Matter who’s in the lineup, we need to play Cavs basketball the right way. We need to share the ball, we need to move it, play together and be aggressive defensively.”

For the Hawks, Kyle Korver recorded 14 points on 4 of 10 from the field, and buried three from beyond the arc. Thabo Sefolosha finished with 13 points on 6 of 12 from the field, and snagged five rebounds. Paul Millsap posted a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, four steals, and two blocked shots but he shot merely 3 of 13 from the field. Jeff Teague poured in 13 points, and gave out four assists off the bench, but he shot a horrid 3 of 12 from the field. Justin Holiday managed nine points on 3 of 8 from the field off the pine.

Hawks shot poorly from the field as they shot 37.2 percent from the field, but they shot 39.3 percent on 11 of 28 from three-point range, and shot 88 percent on 22 of 25 from the foul line. Hawks were losing by double digits the whole time in the second half, and they never could overcome a double digit deficit. Hawks have now lost four of their last five games. Their next game will be at home on Tuesday versus the Boston Celtics. Meanwhile, Kent Bazemore was out for this game with a right ankle injury. Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer however got ejected from this game in the second quarter when he bumped into the ref and was complaining about a foul that was not called by the refs.

Cleveland Cavaliers Obliterate Milwaukee Bucks 115-100

Cleveland Cavaliers blow by Milwaukee Bucks at home 115-100. Cavs improve to 9-3, and Bucks fall to 5-7. For the Cavs, LeBron James had a team high 27 points on 9 of 13 from the field including nine rebounds, and six assists in 35 minutes. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 22 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and buried three from deep. J.R. Smith put in 18 points on 7 of 12 from the field, and drained four three-pointers.

Tristan Thompson racked up 12 points on 5 of 7 from the field, and picked up 11 rebounds off the bench. Matthew Dellavedova dropped in seven points and shot just 2 of 6 from the field, but he had a career high 13 assists. Anderson Varejao scored nine points on a perfect 4 of 4 from the field in 11 minutes off the pine. Varejao got more playing time in the second half after Timofey Mozgov left the game with a shoulder injury in the first half and did not return. James Jones added nine points on 3 of 5 from the field off the bench. Jared Cunningham logged seven points, and dished out four assists in 17 minutes off the pine.

Cavaliers were on fire in this game, and shot 56.3 percent from the field. They also shot 45.8 percent on 11 of of 24 from three-point distance. Cavs out-rebounded the Bucks 43 to 22 in this game. Cavs were winning by as many as 21 points in the first half, and they let the Bucks come back and make it a single digit game, but the Cavs responded well and won the game by 15 points. Cavs moved the ball well, and executed well on offense.

Meanwhile, Mo Williams was out for this game with a right leg injury. Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert have still not played in a game so far this season. Cavs are currently first place in the Eastern Conference. Cavaliers next game will be at home on Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks.

Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said about how his players played “I thought those guys came with a real purpose tonight. You saw it on them. You saw it in their approach. We were sharp, and we were aggressive and we were physical and we were pretty tough.”

For the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo put up a career high 33 points on an efficient 12 of 15 from the field, and pulled down five rebounds. Greg Monroe finished with 17 points on 7 of 14 from the field to go along with eight rebounds. Monroe shot only 3 of 7 from the free-throw line. Jabari Parker managed 14 points on 6 of 10 from the field in 31 minutes. Khris Middletown contributed 15 points, and gave out four assists. O.J. Mayo played his first game of the season after being out with an injury, and scored three points in 14 minutes.

Jerryd Bayless added nine points on 4 of 8 from the field, and handed out two assists off the bench. Cavaliers bench out-scored Bucks bench 39 points to 12 points. Bucks shot a solid 52.1 percent from the field, but they let the Cavs score 115 points on 56.3 percent shooting. Bucks only made 3 three-pointers in the entire game. Bucks did out-score the Cavs 52 to 38 in the paint, but they did not make many shots from outside.

Bucks were losing by as many as 21 points in the first half, but they did cut it to a five point game in the second half. Bucks do have a lot of young talent, but they have had many injuries so far and they have not built team chemistry. Bucks will head to Indiana to play against the Indiana Pacers next game on Saturday.

Cleveland Cavaliers Drop To Detroit Pistons 104-99

The Detroit Pistons edge the Cleveland Cavaliers at home 104-99. Pistons improve to 6-5, and Cavaliers fall to 8-3 on the season. Pistons snap their four game losing streak and Cavaliers have now lost two games in a row. LeBron James had a game high 30 points on 11 of 21 from the field to go along with six rebounds, three assists, and hit four three-pointers. Kevin Love put in 19 points on 7 of 13 from the field, grabbed nine rebounds, and handed out three assists. J.R. Smith dropped in 15 points on 6 of 10 from the field, stripped away two steals, and nailed 3 from downtown.

Mo Williams managed 15 points on 6 of 13 from the field, plucked five rebounds, and gave out seven assists. Timofey Mozgov recorded 10 points on 4 of 6 from the field, and picked up six rebounds. All five of Cavs starters scored in double figures, but it was not enough for them to win this game. Cavaliers did not get much scoring from their bench. Tristan Thompson added four points on 2 of 5 from the field, and pulled down nine rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.

Matthew Dellavedova had an off game as he scored four points on 1 of 6 from the field, but he handed out five assists. Cavaliers shot a respectable 47.5 percent from the field and they limited the Pistons to 42.9 percent shooting from the field but they still were not able to come away with the victory in this game. Cavs did shoot merely 60 percent on 12 of 20 from the free-throw line. Cavs were winning for most of the second half until later in the fourth quarter the Pistons came back and the Cavs did not sustain their lead. Cavs only scored 18 points in the fourth quarter and they failed to execute on offense when they needed to with the last few minutes left in the game.

This really was a tough lost for the Cavs on the road and they really should have had this game won but no one stepped up later in the fourth quarter for the Cavs. Cavaliers were intentionally fouling Andre Drummand in the fourth quarter to force him to go to the free-throw line but he was still making his free throws which helped the Pistons take the lead in the game. Cavaliers are still without Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert. Cavaliers will look to bounce back next game at home on Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks. Cavs are still currently first place in the Eastern Conference.

LeBron James said “We are too relaxed and too nice. We need to get tougher, but I’m not talking about being an iron man. You have to be mentally tough, and that means performing at the best of your abilities at all times. We’ve got some guys who do that all the time, and some guys who don’t.”

Andre Drummand posted a double-double with 25 points on 10 of 15 from the field, collected 18 rebounds, and stripped away three steals. Reggie Jackson managed 23 points on 7 of 18 from the field, dished out 12 assists, and snagged six rebounds. Jackson shot a perfect 8 of 8 from the foul line. Ersan Illyasova finished with 20 points on 6 of 10 from the field including six rebounds, and drained four three-pointers. Kentavious Caldwell Pope poured in 13 points on 5 of 11 from the field.

All five of Pistons starters scored in double figures. Rookie Stanley Johnson contributed four points on 2 of 6 from the field, and gathered six rebounds. Pistons shot 42.9 percent from the field, and they shot only 33.3 percent on 7 of 21 from three-point range. Pistons did shoot a solid 80.6 percent on 25 of 31 from the free-throw line. Pistons never let the game get away from them and they kept battling. Pistons will not play again until Friday on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Cleveland Cavaliers Come Up Short Against The Milwaukee Bucks 108-105 In Two Overtimes

The Cleveland Cavaliers drop to the Milwaukee Bucks on the road 108-105 in two overtime’s. Bucks improve to 5-5 and Cavs fall to 8-2 on the season. The Bucks end Cavs eight game win streak. Cavs are still currently first place in the Eastern Conference.

LeBron James had a game high 37 points on 13 of 27 from the field, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out five assists, blocked three shots, and buried five three-pointers. LeBron was only 5 of 10 from the foul line. Kevin Love put in 24 points on 8 of 18 from the field to go along with 14 rebounds, and drained four three-pointers. LeBron and Love scored a combined 61 of the teams 105 points in this game.

Richard Jefferson added 14 points on 5 of 10 from the field, plucked three rebounds, and hit three triples off the bench. J.R. Smith managed 10 points, nine rebounds, and two blocked shots but he only shot 4 of 14 from the field. J.R. played a total of 51 minutes and played with a lot of energy on the defensive end. Cavaliers two point guards as of Mo Williams and Matthew Dellavedova only scored a combined four points all game but the Cavs still had chances to win the game. Williams finished with four points on 2 of 8 from the field, and Dellavedova scored no points and shot 0 of 3 from the field, but he did hand out seven assists. Cavs shot merely 40.7 percent from the field, and shot 63 percent on 17 of 27 from the free throw line. Cavs shot a respectable 36.8 percent on 14 of 38 from three-point land.

Cavs did have 20 turnovers which equated to their loss. Cavs in the first half gave up too many second chance points and were trailing by six points at halftime. The Cavs were losing by 11 points mid way through the fourth quarter but they were able to come back and send the game into overtime. With 16 seconds left, LeBron drove to the basket and dunked to tie the game 88-88. LeBron also had a huge block with nine seconds left to send the game into a second overtime.

This game went into two overtime’s and each possession was very critical for both teams. This was a very intense ball game. Cavaliers will play against the Detroit Pistons next game on the road on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving is still out with a knee injury, and Iman Shumpert is still out with a wrist injury.

For the Bucks, Michael Carter Williams dropped in 17 points on 6 of 12 from the field including five rebounds, four assists, and two blocked shots. Greg Monroe posted a double-double with 16 points on 8 of 17 from the field, gathered 17 rebounds, and gave out three assists. Giannis Antetokounmpo contributed 16 points on 6 of 18 from the field, snagged 11 rebounds, and blocked three shots. Jabari Parker poured in 12 points on 5 of 10 from the field in 30 minutes. Parker looked very explosive in this game and had a couple ferocious dunks. Jerryd Bayless put up 17 points on 7 of 16 from the field, and handed out five assists off the bench.

Greivis Vazquez pitched in 13 points on 4 of 8 from the field and gave out four assists off the pine. Vazquez hit a three in second overtime to give the Bucks a four point lead which pretty much sealed the deal for the Bucks. The Bucks out-shot the Cavs 53 to 34 in the first half alone, and the Bucks second chance points helped them have a six point lead at half. Bucks shot 42.2 percent from the field, and were 37.5 percent on 6 of 16 from three-point distance. With the game going into two overtime’s, the Bucks making six three-pointers all game is low.

The Bucks out-scored the Cavs in the paint 54 to 38. The Bucks let the Cavs only shoot 40.7 percent from the field. The Bucks forced the Cavs to miss many shots which helped them win this game. The Bucks needed to win this game at home, as their record was 4-5 going into the game. Bucks will head to Washington to face the Washington Wizards next game on Tuesday.

Cleveland Cavaliers Hold Off New York Knicks 90-84, Win Eight Straight

The Cleveland Cavaliers secure the win on the road against the New York Knicks 90-84. Cavs improve to 8-1 and Knicks fall to 4-6 on the season. Cavs have now won eight straight games and they are in first place in the Eastern Conference. LeBron James led the way for the Cavs with 31 points on 12 of 21 from the field including three rebounds, six assists, and two steals. LeBron took over the game in the fourth quarter once again to lead Cavs to victory by six points.

LeBron was all over Carmelo Anthony and he really slowed him in the second half. Anthony was held to only four points in the second half after scoring 22 points in the second half. Mo Williams put in 20 points on 7 of 13 from the field, and dished out three assists. Williams made a couple clutch shots in the fourth quarter. Timofey Mozgov posted 11 points on 4 of 5 from the field, and grabbed seven rebounds.

Matthew Dellavedova added nine points on 4 of 8 from the field off the bench. Kevin Love had an off game as he scored seven points on just 2 of 10 from the field, but he plucked 11 rebounds. Tristan Thompson racked up four points on 1 of 4 from the field, but he picked up 10 rebounds. Cavaliers did not shoot well in this game as they shot 42.3 percent from the field, and shot merely 21.4 percent on 6 of 28 from three-point range. Cavs also only shot 58.1 percent on 18 of 21 from the foul line. Cavs only had 12 assists as a team which is much lower than their season average.

Despite the Cavs not executing well on offense, they were very locked in on defense and their defense really stepped up in the second half. Cavs allowed the Knicks to score 53 points in the first half, but the let the Knicks only score 31 points in the second half. The Cavs showed a lot of energy on defense in the second half which equated to them winning the game. It all starts on defense for the Cavaliers. Cavaliers held the Knicks to score 84 points on 36.7 percent from the field.

LeBron James said “Certain games are going to predict itself and you’ve got to be able to defend at a high level on the defensive end and then make timely shots and we did that.”

Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving was not in the lineup for this game, but ESPN’s Brian Windhorst expects Irving to be back in a couple of weeks. Iman Shumpert also is still sidelined with a shoulder injury. Cavaliers play again tonight on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks and they will look to keep their winning streak going.

For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony led the way with a team high 26 points on 9 of 20 from the field to go along with five rebounds, and four assists. Carmelo was on fire in the first half as he scored 22 points on 8 of 11 from the field, but he was held to only four points in the second half and was defended well by LeBron James. Aaron Afflalo contributed 14 points on 6 of 13 from the field, and gave out four assists in 30 minutes. Rookie Kristaps Porzingis put up 11 points on 5 of 11 from the field, and gathered seven rebounds. Jose Calderon pitched in 10 points on 4 of 5 from the field, and stripped away three steals in 22 minutes.

Langston Galloway recorded seven points and pulled down six rebounds off the bench, but he only shot 3 of 9 from the field. Lou Amundson dropped in one point, but he snagged six rebounds, and blocked two shots. The Knicks shot terrible from the field as they shot 36.7 percent, and shot merely 33.3 percent on 9 of 27 from beyond the arc. Knicks shot 81 percent on 17 of 21 from the free-throw line which kept them in the game as the Cavs only shot 58 percent from the charity stripe. Knicks held the Cavs to only 90 points, but the Knicks were really out-of-sink on offense in the second half and they only scored a total of 84 points in the game.

Knicks had a good chance to win this game at home, but they could not pull off the win. The Knicks still competed well against the best team in the East in the Cleveland Cavaliers. Knicks will host the New Orleans Pelicans next game on Sunday.

LeBron’s Big Fourth Lifts Cavs past Jazz 118-114

The Cleveland Cavaliers win in a close finish, 118-114 at home against the Utah Jazz. Cavs improve to 7-1, and Jazz fall to 4-3 on the season. Cavs have now won 7 straight games. LeBron James had a game high 31 points on 11 of 19 from the field to go along with seven rebounds, and eight assists but did have five turnovers. LeBron had 17 fourth quarter points and just simply took over the game for the Cavaliers. Rodney Hood tried bear hugging LeBron and LeBron still finished the lay up for the and one which really got the crowd pumped up tonight.

Kevin Love put in 22 points on 6 of 16 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out three-assists, and buried four three-pointers. Love shot a perfect 6 of 6 from the free-throw line. He also made a big three-pointer in the 4th quarter when the Cavs were down by nine points and were struggling but they got back into the game once Love made that three-pointer. Mo Williams dropped in 29 points on 8 of 9 from the field, plucked six rebounds, handed out six assists, and shot a perfect 4 of 4 from three-point range. Williams has really stepped up as the starting point guard this season while Kyrie Irving has been out. Matthew Dellavedova added nine points on 4 of 7 from the field, and gave out three assists off the bench.

Tristan Thompson recorded eight points, gathered seven rebounds, and blocked three shots off the bench. J.R. Smith returned tonight after missing three straight games. Smith scored seven points, and dished out three assists in 22 minutes. Cavs shot a solid 50 percent from the field and shot 45.8 percent on 11 of 24 from three-point range. The Cavs allowed the Jazz to score 114 points on 48.8 percent from the field, and that is not the kind of defense they want to play to win games.

The Cavs were never losing in the first half, but they let the Jazz take a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter and it started to look like the Cavs were in trouble. LeBron really stepped up in the fourth quarter ever since they were down by nine points, and LeBron lead the Cavs to a victory by four points. The Cavs next game will head to New York to face off the New York Knicks on Friday. Cavs are now in first place in the Eastern Conference.

For the Jazz, Derrick Favors put up 17 points on 7 of 12 from the field including nine rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Gordon Hayward posted 17 points on merely 6 of 16 from the field, picked up three rebounds, and handed out four assists. Hayward only scored three points in the second half. Rudy Gobert concluded with 15 points on 6 of 10 from the field, caught seven rebounds, and gave out five assists. Alec Burks had a huge spark off the bench with 24 points on 7 of 13 from the field.

Trey Burke poured in 16 points on 6 of 11 from the field, and dished out three assists. The Jazz bench out-scored the Cavs bench 49 to 26 but it was not enough for them to win this game. The Jazz executed well on offense tonight, shooting 48.8 percent from the field, and had 30 assists as a team. Jazz shot 45.5 percent on 10 of 22 from three-point distance. The Jazz scored 29 points off turnovers which kept them in this game.

Surprisingly, the Jazz did not block one shot in this game, even having the best shot blocker in the league in Rudy Gobert. The Jazz had a good chance to win this game and they stepped up in the second half with a nine-point lead but they let LeBron start dominating this game which equated to their loss. The Jazz considerably played a good game on the road against the hottest team in the Eastern Conference. Jazz will play against the Miami Heat next game on the road on Thursday.

Cleveland Cavaliers Squeeze Past Indiana Pacers 101-97

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Indiana Pacers in a tight finish 101-97 at home. Cavs improve to 6-1 and Pacers fall to 3-4 on the season. LeBron James led the way for the Cavs with 29 points on 10 of 23 from the field, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out four assists. LeBron made clutch free throws in the 4th quarter.

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said about LeBron “Most guys probably wouldn’t have played with what he had, and he played, and you saw how he played.” The guy is unbelievable. He really is. I don’t have a better word than that.”

Kevin Love put up 22 points on 9 of 18 from the field, collected 19 rebounds, and blocked three shots. This was Loves third straight game he posted a double-double and he has really crashed the boards so far this season. With 27 seconds left in the game, Love moved well without the ball and he got open inside and LeBron looked to him and Love made the lay up to give the Cavs a five point lead. Tristan Thompson added 16 points and shot an efficient 7 of 8 from the field, to go along with eight rebounds and two steals. Thompson gave the Cavs a spark off the bench.

Mo Williams scored 10 points on just 4 of 15 from the field, but he handed out eight assists and plucked five rebounds. Matthew Dellavedova put in five points on 2 of 3 from the field, and gave out nine assists off the bench. Dellavedova has played much better so far this season than how he played last season. Timofey Mozgov racked up nine points, picked up six rebounds, and blocked one shot. Mozgov made his first three-pointer as a Cavalier in this game.

Cavaliers shot a respectable 45.8 percent from the field. Cavs did not play as sloppy in this game as they had only 10 turnovers. Cavaliers are off to a great start to the season despite having players injured. J.R. Smith missed his third straight game with a knee contusion, and Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert have not played one game yet this season as they still recover from their injuries. Cavaliers will have a lot of depth once everyone is healthy. Cavaliers will host the Utah Jazz in their next game on Tuesday.

For the Pacers, Paul George had a game high 32 points on 11 of 21 from the field including 11 rebounds, and six assists. George has really stepped up in the last two games and is playing like his old self. Monta Ellis dropped in 25 points on 10 of 17 from the field, gathered five rebounds, and dished out three assists. When George and Ellis play like this, the Pacers are a much better team. George Hill finished with 14 points on merely 6 of 16 from the field, but he snagged five rebounds, and gave out five assists.

George, Ellis, and Hill were the only three Pacers players who scored in double figures. Rookie Myles Turner added six points on 3 of 4 from the field, and blocked one shot in 18 minutes off the pine. Lavoy Allen scored 0 points on 0 of 5 from the field, but he snatched eight rebounds, and rejected two shots. Pacers shot 43.3 percent from the field, and were only 33.3 percent on 6 of 18 from three-point range. Pacers did take care of the basketball as they only had seven turnovers.

Pacers competed well on the road and they were losing by as many as 11 points in the second half, but they fought their way back in the game. Pacers kept the game to single digits for most of the game but they came up short with a four point loss. Meanwhile, C.J. Miles, and Rodney Stuckey were both out in this game for the Pacers. Pacers will play the Orlando Magic next game tomorrow at home.

LeBron’s 31 Points Lead Cavs Past 76ers 108-102

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 108-102 at home. Cavs improve to 5-1 and 76ers fall to 0-5 on the season. LeBron James led the way with 31 points on 12 of 22 from the field, dished out 13 assists and grabbed four rebounds. LeBron was in rhythm the start of the second half and was on fire. He scored 18 points all in the third quarter and made 3 three-pointers after he struggled shooting from three this season. Mo Williams put in 16 points on 8 of 12 from the field, handed out eight assists, and stripped away two steals.

Timofey Mozgov recorded 13 points on 6 of 7 from the field to go along with six rebounds in 19 minutes. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds, but he only shot 5 of 16 from the field and shot 2 of 10 from beyond the arc, and had five turnovers. Love did not get to the free-thow line once in this game which can help him get in rhythm. Richard Jefferson added 17 points on 7 of 11 from the field, and shot a perfect 3 of 3 from three-point range off the bench. Matthew Dellavedova dropped in 11 points on 4 of 11 from the field off the pine.

Tristan Thompson put up three points, and picked up 11 rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. Cavs shot a solid 51 percent from the field and shot 38.5 percent on 10 of 26 from three-point distance but they allowed the struggling 76ers to score 102 points on 51.9 percent from the field. The Cavs in the first half played sloppy which they have been playing that way for the past three games and they had 17 turnovers tonight. The Cavs will need to take care of the basketball when they play against the better teams especially. The Cavaliers in fact had 0 blocked shots as a team tonight.

Meanwhile, J.R. Smith missed his second straight game with a knee contusion, and Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert were also not in the lineup. Irving is still recovering from knee surgery and Shumpert is still recovering from wrist surgery. Cavaliers will host the Indiana Pacers next game on Sunday.

For the 76ers, Nerlens Noel chipped in a double-double with 18 points on 9 of 18 from the field including 12 rebounds, five steals, and two blocked shots. Rookie Jahlil Okafor pitched in 18 points on 8 of 17 from the field, gathered six rebounds, and gave out three assists. Nik Stauskas finished with 14 points on 6 of 10 from the field. Isaiah Canaan poured in 17 points on 5 of 8 from the field, dished out four assists, and sunk 3 three-pointers off the bench. 76ers scored 102 points on 51.9 percent from the field and shot an excellent 43.5 percent on 10 of 23 from three-point distance.

76ers kept competing in this game and they did cut it to a single digit game after they were losing by double digits. they were in fact winning by one point at half time but the 76ers let LeBron take over the game in the second half. The 76ers did out-score the Cavs in the paint 50 to 40. Meanwhile, 76ers had many players out for this game. Of course Joel Embiid is out for the season, but Robert Covington, Tony Wroten, and Kendall Marshall all did not play. 76ers will face off the Orlando Magic tomorrow night at home.

Cleveland Cavaliers Cruise Past New York Knicks 96-86

The Cleveland Cavaliers thump the New York Knicks at home 96-86. Cavaliers improve to 4-2 and Knicks fall to 2-3 on the season. LeBron James led the way with 23 points on 9 of 23 from the field including five rebounds, three assists, and four steals. LeBron’s jump shot has been off and he is 2 of 18 from three-point range so far this season, but he still has shot 49 percent from the field. Mo Williams put in 22 points on 8 of 19 from the field, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out four assists.

Kevin Love posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, but he only shot 4 of 13 from the field. Tristan Thompson recorded a double-double with 10 points on 4 of 6 from the field, and collected 13 rebounds off the bench in 26 minutes. Thompson had 4 big offensive rebounds in the game. Timofey Mozgov racked up 10 points on 3 of 6 from the field to go along with three rebounds and two assists. Matthew Dellavedova had a poor shooting night as he shot 2 of 7 from the field with five points, but he handed out seven assists. Dellavedova has gotten his teammates involved very well this season and has had many nice alley hoop passes to Thompson and James.

The Cavaliers struggled shooting offensively as they shot 39.8 percent from the field, and shot merely 25.9 percent on 7 of 27 from three-point distance, but the Cavs held the Knicks to score 86 points on 39.3 percent from the field. The Cavaliers in the first quarter came out lethargic and allowed the Knicks to shoot 62 percent from the field. They were trailing 32-18 at the end of the first quarter. The Cavs in the first half shot an awful 1 of 15 from three-point range and were just not in rhythm but then they made six three-pointers in the second half. Cavs took their first lead of the game with 51 seconds left in the third quarter, and they stepped up in the fourth quarter to give them the victory by 10 points.

Meanwhile, J.R. Smith was out for this game with a knee contusion and he is also expected to miss next game. Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert were out as they still recover from their injuries. Mo Williams and Dellavedova have stepped up playing point guard while Irving has sat out. Cavaliers next game will face off the Philadelphia 76ers at home on Friday.

For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony led the way with a double-double with 17 points on 6 of 18 from the field, picked up 12 rebounds, gave out four assists, and blocked two shots. Anthony has struggled shooting so far this season and has not found his rhythm yet. Rookie Kristaps Porzingis scored 13 points on 6 of 11 from the field, gathered four rebounds, and blocked two shots in 21 minutes. Porzinigs minutes were limited because of foul trouble. Langston Galloway added 12 points to go along with four rebounds, and buried three triples off the bench.

Kyle O’Quinn dropped eight points on 4 of 6 from the field, snagged five rebounds, and blocked two shots off the pine. Knicks only scored 86 points on 39.3 percent from the field, and shot merely 33.3 percent on 8 of 24 from beyond the arc. Knicks were off to a great start as they were up 32-18 to start the second quarter but the Knicks slowed down on offense in the next three quarters as they scored less than 20 points in the second quarter and in the fourth quarter. Knicks did not execute well on offense.

The Knicks had 0 fast break points in the game and let the Cavs score 24 fast break points. Cavs looked to push the tempo on offense and the Knicks were not ready for that. Cavaliers made 11 more free throws than the Knicks made which hurt the Knicks of winning this game. Meanwhile, Aaron Affalo was out tonight with a hamstring injury. Knicks will head back home next game and will play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.