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Cleveland Cavaliers Knocked Off Detroit Pistons 114-106

The Cleveland Cavaliers rout the Detroit Pistons on the road 114-106. Cavs improve to 33-12 and Pistons fall to 25-22 on the season. Kevin Love led all scorers with 29 points on 9 of 19 from the field to go along with six rebounds, three assists, and hit five three-pointers. Love has finally stepped up in the last couple of games. Kyrie Irving put in 28 points on 11 of 19 from the field, grabbed four rebounds, and dished out two assists in 32 minutes. LeBron James pitched in 20 points on 7 of 16 from the field, plucked nine rebounds, and handed out eight assists.

Tristan Thompson posted 11 points on 3 of 5 from the field, collected 14 rebounds, and blocked one shot. Timofey Mozgov added 12 points on 5 of 6 from the field, and picked up eight rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. Matthew Dellavedova put up five points on merely 1 of 4 from the field, and dished out four assists off the pine. Cavs shot a respectable 47 percent from the field, and shot 39 percent on 9 of 23 from three-point range. Cavaliers also shot an excellent 93 percent on 27 of 29 from the free-throw line. This was a big win on the road for the Cavs as their next game they will have to play on a back to back against the San Antonio Spurs at home tonight.

Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and LeBron James scored a combined 77 points of the Cavaliers 114 points. Cavaliers were leading in the entire second half and they were winning by as many as 20 points. Cavaliers have scored 114 or more points in the last three games, and their execution on offense and ball movement looks much better now. Cavaliers have now won five of their last six games. The Cavs will really need to beat the Spurs tonight to show that the Cavs can compete against the elite NBA teams.

LeBron James said “We always talk about it, it starts and ends with the Big Three, and those two guys got it done. I filled in, did what I needed to do to help us win.”

For the Pistons, Andre Drummond racked up 20 points on 9 of 14 from the field, gathered eight rebounds, and blocked three shots. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope dropped in 19 points on 7 of 15 from the field, and snagged seven rebounds. Reggie Jackson tallied 15 points on 6 of 16 from the floor, and gave out six assists. Marcus Morris notched 14 points on 4 of 10 from the field. Rookie Stanley Johnson contributed 15 points on 6 of 10 from the field, pulled down four rebounds, and handed out five assists off the bench. Ersan Ilyasova scored 11 points on 4 of 10 from the field and caught four rebounds.

Pistons shot 47.6 percent from the field, and shot just 30.4 percent on 7 of 23 from three-point distance. Pistons could not get enough stops to win this game and it’s difficult to win games giving up 114 points by the Cavaliers. Pistons out-scored the Cavs in the paint 48 to 36 but it was not enough for them to win this game. Pistons went on a nice 9-0 run under two minutes left in the fourth quarter, but it was too late for the Pistons to comeback as they ended up losing by eight points. Drummond for the Pistons shot 2 of 8 from the foul line and that is what equated to the Pistons losing this game. Pistons will play again tonight on a back to back game on the road against the Toronto Raptors.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Throttle Phoenix Suns 115-92

The Cleveland Cavaliers destroyed the Phoenix Suns at home 115-92. Cavs improve to 32-12 and Suns fall to 14-33 on the season. LeBron James scored 21 points on 8 of 9 from the field, dished out nine assists, grabbed three rebounds and shot a perfect 7 of 7 from the foul line. LeBron shot efficient in this game and did not force anything. Kevin Love chipped in a double double with 21 points on 8 of 17 from the field including 11 rebounds, four assists, buried three triples, two blocks, and two steals in 28 minutes.

J.R. Smith put in 17 points on 7 of 11 from the field, handed out four assists, plucked three rebounds, stripped away four steals, and knocked down four three-pointers in 23 minutes. Smith on a fast break passed the ball off the back board and then LeBron dunked the ball easily. Richard Jefferson added 14 points on 4 of 4 from the field, and gave out three assists off the bench. Timofey Mozgov managed 10 points on 5 of 7 from the field off the pine in 16 minutes. Kyrie Irving finished with eight points on 4 of 11 from the field to go along with four rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

The Cavaliers shot smoking hot from the field as they shot an incredible 55.6 percent from the field and shot 39.3 percent on 11 of 28 from three-point range. The Cavaliers are playing with more pace and they are moving the ball better of late. The Cavaliers will be a tough team to beat if they execute offensively like they did in this game. Cavaliers were only up by five points at halftime, but they ran away with it in the second half and they ended up blowing out the suns by 22 points. Cavaliers will head to Detroit to face off the Detroit Pistons next game on friday. Cavaliers have another big game coming up this weekend at home against the San Antonio Spurs.

Cavaliers head coach Tyron Lue said “I think guys getting a chance to get out and run, J.R. Smith got a couple layups, dunks. LeBron got a couple dunks. I think that’s the way we want to play is fun, everybody gets involved.”

For the Suns, rookie Devin Booker led the way with 16 points on 4 of 9 from the field, and handed out five assists. P.J. Tucker logged 13 points on 4 of 8 from the field, and pulled down seven rebounds. Markieff Morris contributed 13 points on 5 of 11 from the floor, picked up five rebounds, and gave out three assists off the bench. T.J. Warren registered 11 points on 5 of 8 from the field including three rebounds and two assists off the pine. Sonny Weems totaled 10 points on 4 of 6 from the field off the bench. 

Archie Goodwin dropped in 12 points on merely 3 of 10 from the field, and dished out five assists. Suns shot a solid 47 percent from the field, but they gave up way too many easy baskets, and the Suns did have 22 turnovers. Suns also shot 40 percent on 8 of 20 from three-point distance. Suns just let the Cavs do whatever they wanted in this game.

The game quickly got away from the Suns in the second half and they ended up losing by 22 points. Meanwhile, Brandon Knight, and John Leuer were out for this game with injures for the Suns, and Eric Bledsoe is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery. Suns have now lost eight of their last nine games.

Cleveland Cavaliers Charge Past Minnesota Timberwolves 114-107

The Cleveland Cavaliers knocked off the Minnesota Timberwolves at home 114-107. Cavs improve to 31-12 and Timberwolves fall to 14-32 on the season. LeBron James had a team high 25 point on an efficient 11 of 15 from the field, dished out nine assists, and grabbed four rebounds. Tristan Thompson posted a double double with 19 points on 8 of 10 from the field, and plucked 12 rebounds. Kyrie Irving put in 19 points on 7 of 18 from the field, handed out four assists, and pulled down nine rebounds in 28 minutes.

Matthew Dellavedova had a huge spark off the bench with 18 points on 6 of 12 from the field to go along with four rebounds, seven assists, and sunk four three-pointers. Kevin Love concluded with 11 points on 5 of 11 from the field, gathered six rebounds, gave out two assists, and stripped away two steals. Love still did not score enough in this game, and Cavs will need him to do more in order for them to get to the next level. J.R. Smith had an off game as he shot 3 of 14 from the field with 11 points, dished out two assists, and stripped away three steals. Iman Shumpert added nine points on 3 of 7 from the field including three rebounds, two assists, and blocked one shot off the bench.

All Cavaliers starters scored in double figures. Cavaliers executed really well and they shot 50.6 percent from the field. Cavs shot 35.5 percent on 11 of 31 from three-point range. Cavs shot much better after they really struggled shooting last game against the Chicago Bulls. Cavs shot merely 65 percent from the free throw line, and the Cavs have really not shot well from the line so far this season. Cavaliers did not get stops on defense and thats how the Timberwolves never went away in this game.

Cavs let the Timberwolves score 107 points on 48.8 percent shooting from the field. Cavaliers had a 12 points lead under three minutes remaining in the game, but then the Timberwolves quickly came right back and it was only a three point game with 16 seconds left. Cavaliers had double digit leads, but then they got out of sink and they let the Timberwolves easily come back. Cavs will need to start to adjust to the new style of play with their new head coach.

Cavaliers did have quite a bit of turnovers with 15. Cavs will play against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday next game at home. Cavaliers head coach Tyron Lue won his first game in the NBA as head coach.

Tyron Lue said “It’s only been two games, but to get my first head coaching win, it means a lot. I came in the locker room, the team presented me with the game ball, LeBron gave a speech and they all gave me a hug and said congratulations.”

For the Timberwolves, rookie Karl-Anthony Towns recorded a double double with 26 points on 11 of 15 from the floor, snatched 11 rebounds, handed out four assists, and blocked one shot. Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points on 7 of 14 from the field and stripped away two steals. Zach LaVine contributed with 21 points on 8 of 15 from the field, picked up four rebounds, and gave out six assists off the pine. Gorgui Dieng dropped in 13 points on 2 of 4 from the field to go along with six rebounds off the bench. Shabazz Muhammad poured in 10 points on 5 of 13 from the field, collected three rebounds, and dished out three assists off the bench.

Ricky Rubio put up four points on just 2 of 7 shooting, but he caught seven rebounds, handed out 10 assists, and had two steals. Timberwolves shot a respectable 49 percent from the field, but they only shot 25 percent on 4 of 16 from outside the arc. Timberwolves shot 91.3 percent from the free throw line to help keep them in the game. Timberwolves played relatively well against the best team in the Eastern Conference on the road, but the Timberwolves lost this game by seven points. Timberwolves have now lost three of their last four games. Timberwolves will host the Oklahoma City Thunder next game on Wednesday.

Cavaliers Shoot Ice Cold, Fall To Chicago Bulls 96-83

The Chicago Bulls down the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road 96-83. Bulls improve to 25-18 and Cavs fall to 30-12 on the season. LeBron James had a game high 26 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and dished out nine assists but he shot 11 of 27 from the field, and shot 0 of 5 from three-point range. J.R. Smith posted a double double with 18 points on 7 of 17 from the field to go along with 11 rebounds. Kevin Love put in 14 point on 6 of 12 from the field, and plucked five rebounds.

Kyrie Irving struggled with 11 points on 5 of 16 from the field and handed out three assists in 31 minutes. Cavaliers shot poorly as they shot 37.2 percent from the field, and shot an awful 16.7 percent on 4 of 24 from three-point distance. Cavaliers also shot extremely bad from the free-throw line as they shot 40.9 percent. All of the Cavs missed three pointers and missed free throws equated to their loss. Cavaliers out-scored the Bulls in the paint 50 to 28 but the Cavs still lose by 13 points.

This was a very strange game for the Cavaliers. If they out scored a team in the paint by 22 points, you would think they’d win this game, but their free throw shooting and three point shooting was the one of their worst shooting performance in a game all season. Cavaliers die play just fine defensively as they gave up 96 points to the Bulls.

Cavaliers bench did not play well in this game and the Cavs only got eight bench points. For the Cavs to play better, they need to start shooting more consistently to win. Tyron Lue made his head coaching debut for the Cavaliers, and this will go in the books as his first lost as a head coach in the NBA. Cavaliers will look to bounce back next game on Monday at home and they will matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Tyron Lue said “I don’t think were in good enough shape. Early, we wanted to push it, we wanted to open the floor, and we came out and did that, and then we just dropped off the map. We got tired. I just don’t think we’re in good enough shape right now to play in the style that we want to play.”

For the Bulls, Pau Gasol led the way with 25 points on 11 of 16 from the floor including 10 rebounds and six assists. Gasol keep on hitting mid range shots and the Cavs could not ever force him to miss from mid range. Jimmy Butler pitched in 20 points on 8 of 16 from the field, and nabbed nine rebounds in 42 minutes. Butler also played good defense on LeBron.

Taj Gibson put up 15 points on 6 of 12 from the field, picked up eight rebounds, and blocked two shots. Nikola Mirotic added 17 points on 5 of 9 from the field, collected six rebounds, and drained three triples. Derrick Rose had an off shooting night as he shot merely 5 of 21 from the field with 12 points, four rebounds, and four assists.

After the Bulls lost six of their last eight games, Bulls came out with a more sense of urgency and they really needed this win on the road after having two bad losses to the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics. Bulls played excellent defense and held the Cavs to 83 points on 37 percent shooting from the field. Bulls shot 43.7 percent from the field, and they shot a solid 41.2 percent on 7 of 17 from three-point range. Bulls shot much better at the foul line than the Cavs did which helped lead the Bulls to victory. Despite this win, Cavs are 5.5 games ahead of the Bulls in the East. Bulls will head back home to play against the Miami Heat on Monday.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trounce Los Angeles Clippers 115-102

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat down the Los Angeles Clippers at home 115-102. Cavs improve to 30-11 and Clippers fall to 27-15 on the season. LeBron James posted a double double with 22 points on 9 of 17 from the field, dished out 12 assists, and grabbed five rebounds. LeBron found his teammates well in this game and he played unselfishly. Kevin Love recored a double double with 18 points on 4 of 10 from the field, plucked 16 rebounds, gave out two assists, and made three from three point land. Love played more effectively and the Cavs gave him the ball more in this game.

J.R. Smith put in 22 points and shot an efficient 8 of 12 from the field to go along with two assists, and hit six three pointers. J.R. simply went off in this game and made six out of his seven three point shots. Kyrie Irving dropped in 21 points on 8 of 18 from the field, and handed out four assists in 29 minutes. Timofey Mozgov racked up 11 points on 5 of 6 from the floor, pulled down five rebounds, and blocked two shots. Tristan Thompson added eight points on 2 of 6 from the field, and snagged 12 rebounds off the bench.

Iman Shumpert contributed seven points on 3 of 6 from the field off the pine. Cavaliers shot a solid 50.6 percent from the field, and shot 46.4 percent on 13 of 28 from three-point range. Cavaliers shared the ball really well in this game and everyone contributed well for the Cavaliers. All five of Cavaliers starters scored in double figures. Cavaliers out-rebounded the Clippers 47 to 35.

Cavaliers look like a much more successful team when they move the ball well like they did in this game. Cavaliers had a hard time guarding Chris Paul especially in pick in roll situations, but Cavs didn’t let other players on the Clippers score much. Cavaliers allowed too many points in the start of the first quarter but they played better defensively for the rest of the game. Cavaliers get back on track with a win at home against a top four Western Conference team. Cavaliers have a big game coming up and they will host the Chicago Bulls next game on Saturday.

LeBron James said “Who’s to say we shook it off. We won two games. We took two or three steps backward on Monday and we took a couple steps forward these last couple games, and that’s all that matters to me.”

For the Clippers, Chris Paul had a game high 30 points on 11 of 19 from the field, dished out nine assists, and stripped away three steals. J.J. Redick scored 17 points on 6 of 12 from the field. DeAndre Jordan put up a double double with 10 points on 2 of 5 from the field, and gathered 13 rebounds. Jordan struggled at the foul line as he made just 6 of his 15 free throw attempts, and the Cavs kept fouling him intentionally to send him to the line which wasted a few possessions for the Clippers. Jamal Crawford managed 16 points on 6 of 9 from the field off the bench.

Cole Aldrich finished with 11 points on 4 of 9 from the field including four rebounds and three assists off the pine. Clippers shot a respectable 45 percent from the field, but they shot merely 24 percent on 6 of 25 from three-point distance. Clippers did not get enough stops on defense to win this game as they gave up 115 points to the Cavs. Clippers were only losing by six points mid way through the fourth quarter, but they played bad in the last five minutes of the game and they ended up losing by 13 points. Meanwhile, Blake Griffin is still out for the Clippers with a quad injury. 

Cleveland Cavaliers Manhandled Brooklyn Nets 91-78

The Cleveland Cavaliers bounce back with a win on the road against the Brooklyn Nets 91-78. Cavs improve to 29-11 and Nets fall to 11-32 on the season. LeBron James scored 17 points on 7 of 12 from the field to go along with five assists, one block, and one steal in 29 minutes. Kevin Love posted a double double with 17 points on 5 of 10 from the field, grabbed 18 rebounds, and stripped away two steals. For the Cavs to really compete for a title, they must utilize Love more offensively, and the Cavs have got to figure that out starting now. Timofey Mozgov put in 11 points on 5 of 9 from the field, and plucked five rebounds in 20 minutes.

Tristan Thompson chipped in a double double off the bench with 14 points on 6 of 8 from the field and picked up 10 rebounds. Kyrie Irving dropped in just nine points but he shot 4 of 7 from the field, and dished out five assists in 21 minutes. Matthew Dellavedova managed eight points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the field, and handed out three assists off the bench. Cavaliers moved the ball better in this game and got everyone involved. Cavs shot a respectable 46.8 percent from the field, but they shot only 29.4 percent on 5 of 17 from three-point range.

Cavaliers played a much better game defensively and allowed the Nets to only score 78 points. Cavaliers were winning by double digits for most of the second half and Cavs got to rest their starters in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers get back on track with a win on the road after they got crushed to the defending champions in the Golden State Warriors on their home floor. Cavaliers still have tough games coming up and they will really need to win these tough games and start showing they can compete against the better teams. Cavaliers especially must take care of these tough games on their home floor. Cavaliers will play again tonight and host the Los Angeles Clippers.

LeBron James said “I think tonight it was very easy to look each other in the face and know that we got better tonight.”

For the Nets, Brook Lopez had a team high 16 points on 8 of 15 from the field including 10 rebounds and blocked one shot. Thaddeus Young poured in 14 points on 7 of 14 from the floor, and pulled down five rebounds. Donald Sloan played well with 12 points on 6 of 10 shooting, and gave out nine assists in 25 minutes. Shane Larkin added seven points on merely 3 of 10 from the field, but he dished out seven assists. Willie Reed totaled six points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the field and blocked one shot in 10 minutes off the bench.

Thomas Robinson notched six points on 2 of 4 from the field and collected six rebounds off the pine. Nets struggled offensively as they shot 41.7 from the field and they shot 21.1 percent on 4 of 19 from three-point distance. Nets also shot poor from the free-throw line as they shot 50 percent and only made four free throws out of eight attempts. Nets were never able to come back in the second half despite Cavaliers resting their starters in the fourth quarter. Nets have now lost 9 of their last 10 games. Nets will play at home versus the Utah Jazz next game.

Cleveland Cavaliers Thrashed Houston Rockets 91-77

The Cleveland Cavaliers take down the Houston Rockets on the road 91-77. Cavs improve to 28-10 and Rockets fall to 21-20 on the season. Cavs have now won 9 of their last 10 games. Kyrie Irving led the way with 23 points on 9 of 17 from the field to go along with four rebounds, and blocked one shot in 30 minutes. LeBron James put in 19 points on 7 of 14 from the field, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out seven assists, and blocked two shots. Kevin Love posted a double double with 11 points on merely 4 of 13 from the floor, plucked 13 rebounds, stripped away three steals, and buried three triples.

J.R. Smith scored 13 points on just 5 of 15 from the field, and pulled down five rebounds. Tristan Thompson added 10 points on a perfect 4 of 4 from the field, picked up five rebounds, and blocked one shot off the bench. Matthew Dellavedova concluded with only three points on 1 of 6 from the field, but he collected five rebounds, gave out three assists, and stripped away three steals off the pine. Anderson Varejao finally got some minutes off the bench and he played well with four points, two rebounds, two assists, and one steal in eight minutes. Cavaliers only shot 39.1 percent from the field, and they shot a horrid 23 percent on 8 of 35 from three-point range.

Cavaliers did not shoot well, but they played a great game defensively as they held the Rockets to 77 points on 35 percent shooting from the field. Cavaliers defended James Harden really well, and they forced him to commit eight turnovers and he shot 2 of 10 from the field. This was an impressive win for the Cavs as they were playing on a back to back for this game. Cavaliers ended their six game road trip with a 5-1 record. Cavaliers next game will play at home on Monday and they will play against the best team in the NBA in the Golden State Warriors. Cavaliers will really need to beat the Warriors next game at home after losing to them on the road on Christmas day.

LeBron James said “I’m not really worried about playing basketball when I get home. I’m going to see my kids. I haven’t seen my kids in 13 days and thats all I’m thinking about right now.”

For the Rockets, Dwight Howard had a team high 14 points on 4 of 9 from the field, gathered 11 rebounds, and blocked two shots. Patrick Beverley dropped in 13 points on 5 of 8 from the field including three rebounds, three assists, and sunk three from beyond the arc. James Harden really struggled in this game as he scored 11 points and shot an awful 2 of 10 from the field, and had eight turnovers, but he handed out five assists, accumulated five rebounds, and stripped away three steals. Montrezl Harrell added seven points on 2 of 3 from the field in nine minutes off the bench. Clint Capela registered seven points on 3 of 7 from the field, snatched four rebounds, and blocked one shot in 14 minutes.

Rockets shot ice cold as they shot 35 percent from the field and shot 24 percent on 6 of 25 from three-point range. Rockets also shot merely 65.5 percent from the free-throw line. Rockets just could not execute well offensively and nothing was going right for them. Rockets had 18 turnovers in the game. Rockets were losing by double digits in the whole second half.

Rockets just got embarrassed at home by the Cavaliers. Rockets have been playing inconsistent this season and is why their record is only 21-20. Rockets next game will play against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday on the road.

San Antonio Spurs Outlast Cleveland Cavaliers 99-95

The San Antonio Spurs take down the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-95 at home. Spurs improve to 35-6 and Cavs fall to 27-10 on the season. Spurs have now won 10 games in a row. Tony Parker had a game high 24 points on 11 of 18 from the field, grabbed four rebounds, stripped away three steals, and handed out two assists. Kawhi Leonard posted a double double with 20 points on 6 of 14 from the field including 10 rebounds, five assists, and blocked two shots.

David West added 13 points on 5 of 7 from the field, and plucked five rebounds off the bench. Tim Duncan notched nine points on 4 of 10 from the floor, pulled down six rebounds, dished out three assists, and blocked two shots in 33 minutes. Manu Ginobili pitched in 10 points on merely 4 of 12 from the field off the pine. Patty Mills scored six points on 2 of 4 from the field, and gave out two assists in 13 minutes off the bench. The Spurs bench out scored the Cavs bench 35 to 12 which was huge for the Spurs.

Spurs remain undefeated at home with a 23-0 record. Spurs are the best defensive team in the NBA and they continued to show that in this game as they limited the Cavs to only 95 points. Spurs shot a respectable 45.8 percent from the field, but they did shoot just 29.4 percent on 5 of 17 from three-point range. The Spurs were losing 32 to 20 at the end of the first quarter, but they played much better for the rest of the game and they started to get more stops on defense. Spurs won’t play again till Sunday at home and they will match up against the Dallas Mavericks.

For the Cavs, LeBron James led the way with 22 points on 9 of 17 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, and five assists. Tristan Thompson recorded a double double with 17 points on 7 of 11 from the field, and picked up 14 rebounds. Kyrie Irving put in 16 points on merely 6 of 17 from the field, and dished out four assists in 32 minutes. After last season when Irving scored a career high 57 points against the Spurs, Irving didn’t score near as much and did not shoot as well in this game. J.R. Smith finished with 17 points on 7 of 13 from the field and made three triples.

Kevin Love put up a double double with 10 points on 4 of 10 from the floor, and snatched 12 rebounds. Love did not score much in this game, and the Cavs will need to utilize him better. Iman Shumpert managed seven points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the field, and stripped away two steals in 19 minutes off the bench. Cavaliers shot a solid 46.3 percent from the field, and shot 38.5 percent on 10 of 26 from outside the arc. All though the Cavs shot well, they did not get to the free throw line much. Cavs only took 11 free throw attempts and made nine of them. All Cavaliers starters did score in double figures.

Cavaliers also had 17 turnovers. Cavaliers started off well in this game, but they did not play as well in the second half and they ended up losing the game by four points. Cavs did not contain Tony Parker well and they could not stop him. It was surprising that LeBron James did not score a game high in this game, and the Cavaliers also just did not get much contribution from their bench. Cavaliers will play again tonight on the road against the Houston Rockets.

LeBron James said “Coming into this building, they’re never going to make many mistakes. (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) definitely puts those guys in the right position every single possession to be successful for their team.”

Irving’s Clutch Three Pointer Lifts Cavs Past Mavericks 110-107 In Overtime

The Cleveland Cavaliers win a big game on the road against the Dallas Mavericks in overtime 110-107. Cavs improve to 27-9, and Mavericks fall to 22-17 on the season. LeBron James led the way for the Cavs with 27 points on 9 of 17 from the field to go along with 10 rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and drained three from three-point range in 42 minutes. LeBron had a few nice assists in overtime to help lead the Cavs to victory. LeBron drove to the basket and dunked with 20 seconds left of regulation to tie the game 95-95 and send the game into overtime. LeBron wanted an and one but didn’t get the foul call. Kyrie Irving put in 22 points on 8 of 20 from the field, dished out nine assists, and buried three triples.

Irving didn’t shoot well in this game, but 13 of Irving’s points came in the fourth quarter and overtime. Irving made a deep three pointer in overtime with 13 seconds left to give the Cavs a four point lead which pretty much sealed the deal for the Cavs. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but he only shot 5 of 19 from the field. Love had a bad shooting night, but he grabbed big offensive rebounds, and made a couple clutch three pointers. Timofey Mozgov had a good game off the bench with 10 points on 4 of 6 from the field, plucked nine rebounds, stripped away two steals, and blocked one shot.

J.R. Smith dropped in 10 points on 4 of 7 from the field, gave out three assists, and had three steals in 40 minutes. Matthew Dellavedova added 12 points on 4 of 11 from the field, handed out five assists, and knocked down four three-pointers off the bench. Iman Shumpert logged 10 points on 4 of 11 from the field including two assists, three steals, and one block off the pine in 23 minutes. With the Cavs having tough games coming up, this was a huge win for them on the road. Cavaliers were down 23-7 in the first quarter, but they then went on a 15-0 run and got right back in the game.

This was a very intense game, and it really came down to the last possession for both teams. Both teams made big shots, but the Cavs came through with the win. This game had a lot of lead changes, and this was a close game for most of the second half and overtime. Cavaliers shot merely 41 percent from the field, but they got more second chance points and they made more three-pointers than the Mavericks to help give the Cavs a chance to win this game.

Cavs shot a solid 38.6 percent on 17 of 44 from three-point distance. Cavaliers also had only nine turnovers. This was a game that really went back and forth. Cavaliers will go up against the hottest team in the NBA in the San Antonio Spurs on the road next game on Thursday.

For the Mavericks, Chandler Parsons led the way with a season high 25 points and shot an efficient 10 of 14 from the field, and also pulled down eight rebounds. Parsons simply went off in this game, and could not miss. Dirk Nowitzki recorded a double-double with 17 points on 7 of 15 from the field, picked up 11 rebounds, and handed out three assists. Dirk made two big threes in overtime, but it was not enough for the Mavs to win this game. Deron Williams chipped in a double-double with 16 points on 6 of 13 from the field, and dished out 10 assists in 43 minutes.

Zaza Pachulia put up 14 points on 4 of 6 from the field, gathered 12 rebounds, and gave out three assists. JaVale McGee contributed 10 points on a perfect 4 of 4 from the field, and blocked three shots off the bench. J.J. Barea totaled seven points in 12 minutes off the pine. Mavericks had a great chance to win this game, but they came up short losing in overtime. Mavericks shot 49.4 percent from the field, but they allowed too many offensive rebounds which lead to more second chance points for the Cavs. Mavericks also had 16 turnovers. Mavericks just didn’t get stops when they needed to win this game.

Wesley Matthews said “We knew we weren’t going to blow them out. We knew that the lead at some point was going to get chipped away. But this was our game. We should have won it and we didn’t.”

Cleveland Cavaliers Put Away Philadelphia 76ers 95-85

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Philadelphia 76ers on the road 95-85. Cavaliers improve to 26-9, and 76ers fall to 4-36 on the season. LeBron James had a game-high 37 points on 15 of 22 from the field including seven rebounds, nine assists, two steals, and made three from downtown. LeBron stepped up big time in this game and he shot really well to lead the Cavs to a victory by 10 points. Kevin Love posted a double double with 15 points on 5 of 11 from the floor, grabbed 15 rebounds, dished out seven assists, and stripped away two steals. Love had a nice outlet pass to LeBron that led to a monstrous dunk. J.R. Smith put in 14 points on merely 5 of 18 from the field, plucked three rebounds, and nailed four three-pointers.

Tristan Thompson recorded a double double with 10 points on 2 of 5 from the field, and gathered 10 rebounds. Kyrie Irving had an poor shooting night as he scored eight points on 3 of 15 shooting, but he pulled down five rebounds, stripped away two steals, and blocked one shot. Irving was shooting really well lately but he really struggled in this game, and Cavs will need him to step up and play more consistent. Matthew Dellavedova added four points on just 2 of 8 from the floor, snagged four rebounds, and stripped away two steals off the bench. Cavaliers struggled shooting in this game as they shot 38.9 percent from the field, and shot 28.1 percent on 9 of 32 from three-point range.

Cavaliers just did not execute well offensively like they did in the last few games, and they did not move the ball well. Cavaliers will need to pick it up offensively in these next upcoming games when they play against the San Antonio Spurs, and the Golden State Warriors. Despite Cavaliers having an off game offensively, they limited the 76ers to only 85 points. Cavaliers did really step up their defense in this game, and they held the 76ers to only 16 points in the fourth quarter. Cavaliers also did not get much contribution from their bench in this game.

Cavaliers will head to Dallas to face off the Dallas Mavericks on the road again on Tuesday. Cavaliers do have big games coming up. They will play two back to back games this week on the road against the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets, and then next Monday the Cavaliers will host the Golden State Warriors at home. This will be a big test for the Cavaliers whether they can compete for a championship as the Warriors and Spurs are the two best teams in the Eastern Conference.

For the 76ers, Jahlil Okafor managed 21 points on 9 of 15 from the field to go along with seven rebounds. Ish Smith dropped in 18 points on 7 of 21 from the field, snatched seven rebounds, and gave out 10 assists. Nerlens Noel racked up 12 points and shot an efficient 5 of 7 from the field, collected nine rebounds, handed out three assists, and blocked three shots. Hollis Thompson poured in eight points on 3 of 4 from the field, and picked up three rebounds off the bench. Robert Covington put up seven points on 3 of 7 from the floor including eight rebounds, four assists, and blocked one shot off the pine.

76ers shot a respectable 45.5 percent from the field, but they only scored 85 points. 76ers did shoot a horrid 47.4 percent from the free-throw line. 76ers did hang around in this game against the Cavs, and they were only trailing by two points in the fourth quarter. 76ers got out of sink offensively in the fourth quarter and they ended up losing by 10 points.

76ers have played better of late, but they have still lost six of their last nine games. Ish Smith has helped the 76ers win more games since he joined the team, but this is still going to be a long season for the 76ers. 76ers will play against the Chicago Bulls at home next game on Thursday