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Houston Rockets Rebound In Second Half To Beat LeBron-less Cavs 106-100

The Houston Rockets take charge in the second half to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-100. Rockets improve to 37-38 and Cavs fall to 52-22 on the season. Kyrie Irving had a game high 31 points on 9 of 23 from the field, dished out five assists, and nailed five three-pointers. Kevin Love posted a double double with 13 points on merely 5 of 14 from the field, and grabbed 11 rebounds. Love only scored three points in the second half. Tristan Thompson recorded a double double off the bench with 16 points on 4 of 8 from the floor, plucked 10 rebounds, and blocked one shot.

Iman Shumpert put in 11 points on just 4 of 14 from the field, and blocked two shots. James Jones added 10 points on 2 of 5 from the floor off the bench in eight minutes. The Cavaliers struggled shooting in this game as they shot an awful 36 percent from the field, and shot 35 percent on 14 of 40 from three-point range. The Cavaliers had a 59 to 40 lead at halftime, but they got out-scored 66 to 41 in the second half. The Cavaliers did not execute well enough offensively to win this game and they were settling for too many jump shots when they needed to make baskets in the second half.

Even though the Cavs did not shoot well from the field, they gave up 66 points in the second half which they could not afford to give up that many points to win this game. The Rockets did out-rebound the Cavs 55 to 38. Meanwhile, LeBron James did not play for the Cavs in this game to rest, and the Cavs offensive flow just looked terrible without him. Cavs will look to bounce back next game at home tonight against the Brooklyn Nets.

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyron Lue said “they got stops and we couldn’t make a shot. They were able to get out in transition and that kind of got James Harden going. That got him feeling good about himself.”

For the Rockets, James Harden had a team high 27 points on 8 of 16 from the field, gathered six rebounds, and gave out eight assists. Harden started to take over this game in the fourth quarter. Trevor Ariza scored 15 points on 5 of 10 from the floor including six rebounds, and three assists. Patrick Beverley pitched in 10 points on 4 of 10 from the field, picked up seven rebounds, handed out six assists, and stripped away two steals. Dwight Howard chipped in a double double with 11 points on 2 of 3 from the field, and snagged 11 rebounds. Howard shot a horrid 7 of 22 from the foul line.

Michael Beasley managed 17 points on 8 of 15 shooting, and picked up eight rebounds off the pine. Clint Capela put up nine points, 10 rebounds, blocked one shot, and had two steals off the bench. The Rockets shot an exceptional 48 percent from the field, but they really struggled from the free throw line as they only shot 50 percent on 21 out of 42 attempts. Rockets shot 36 percent on 9 of 25 from three-point distance. The Rockets did a great job getting back into this game after they were losing by 19 points at halftime. The Rockets out-scored the Cavs 35 to 16 in the fourth quarter. This was a big win for the Rockets on the road as they are battling to make the playoffs in the Western Conference.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Annihilate New York Knicks 107-93

The Cleveland Cavaliers blow by the New York Knicks on the road 107-93. Cavs improve to 52-21 and Knicks fall to 30-44 on the season. Kevin Love posted a double double with 28 points on 10 of 19 from the field including 12 rebounds, two assists, and drained four three-pointers. Love was scoring a lot of points inside, and outside, and when Love is playing effective inside, and he’s shooting well, thats when he plays like an all-star. LeBron James recored a triple double with 27 points on 10 of 21 from the field, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out 11 assists, and blocked two shots.

J.R. Smith put in 13 points on 5 of 11 from the floor, and sunk three triples. Matthew Dellavedova scored 10 points on 3 of 8 from the field, plucked four rebounds, and made three from deep. Mo Williams added eight points on 3 of 5 from the floor in 13 minutes off the bench. Tristan Thompson racked up six points, gathered seven rebounds, and blocked one shot off the pine. Cavaliers shot 44.6 percent from the field, and they shot a phenomenal 41.2 percent on 14 of 34 from three-point range. Cavaliers out-rebounded the Knicks 53 to 41.

Cavaliers played much better defense in this game as they held the Knicks to score only 93 points, and only 32 of the Knicks points came in the first half. Cavaliers get back on track with a win after a disappointing loss on the road to the Brooklyn Nets. The Cavaliers were winning by 24 points at halftime, and the Cavs were winning by double digits for most of this game. Cavaliers overall played a great game from start to finish. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving was held out for the Cavaliers in this game for rest. Cavaliers will head back home and face off the Houston Rockets next game Tuesday.

LeBron James said “I was just in attack mode and understanding that they had two shot blockers at the rim and just try to finish strong at the rim. I have the ability to do that at times and we needed a bucket.”

For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony led the way with 28 points on 9 of 24 from the field to go along with nine rebounds, two steals, and hit five three-pointers. Rookie Kristaps Porzingis dropped in 19 points on 7 of 16 from the floor, pulled down six rebounds, and gave out three assists. Derrick Williams contributed 11 points on merely 2 of 7 from the field, and snagged eight rebounds off the bench. Sasha Vujacic concluded with nine points on 4 of 6 shooting, and picked up five rebounds. Robin Lopez registered eight points on 4 of 8 from the field, and collected six rebounds.

The Knicks shot only 41.6 percent from the field, and shot 34.8 percent on 8 of 23 from three-point distance. The Knicks also shot merely 67.9 percent on 19 of 28 from the free-throw line. The Knicks were getting blown out, and they never really had a chance to be able to come back and win this game. The Knicks scored 40 points in the third quarter alone, but they only finished with a total of 93 points in the game. In fact, the Knicks scored more points in the third quarter then they scored in the entire first half. The Knicks could have had a better flow offensively, but they did not play defense good enough to win this game either.

Brooklyn Nets Devastated The Cleveland Cavaliers 104-95

The Brooklyn Nets top the Cleveland Cavaliers at home 104-95. Nets improve to 20-51 and Cavs fall to 51-21 on the season. LeBron James had a game high 30 points on 13 of 16 from the field to go along with six rebounds, five assists, and one steal. LeBron had one of his better shooting games and he shot very efficient but he did not get much help from his teammates and it was not enough for the Cavs to win this game. Kevin Love posted a double double with 11 points on merely 5 of 14 from the field, grabbed 12 rebounds, and dished out 12 assists.

Kyrie Irving had an off shooting night with 13 points on 6 of 22 from the field, plucked five rebounds, and gave out four assists. Irving also shot 1 of 8 from outside the arc. Richard Jefferson dropped in six points on 2 of 3 from the floor in 10 minutes off the bench. Tristan Thompson added six points on 3 of 5 from the field including four rebounds, and three assists off the pine. J.R. Smith scored eight points but he shot a horrible 3 of 10 from the floor.

James, Irving, and Love were the only three Cavs players to score in double figures, but Love and Irving did not shoot well from the field. The Cavaliers shot 43.8 percent from the field, but they shot an awful 26.3 percent on 10 of 38 from three-point range. The Cavaliers were settling for too many threes, and they continued to shoot three pointers throughout the game when they weren’t making them. Irving and Love shot a combined 1 of 13 from three-point land. The Cavaliers also did not get enough stops on defense to win this game as they gave up 104 points to the Nets.

The Cavaliers were just not playing like themselves in this game in a second night of a back to back for them. The Cavaliers were down by 10 at halftime, but they did comeback in the second half, and they were leading by three points heading into the fourth quarter. The Nets out-scored the Cavs 24 points to 12 in the fourth quarter which equated to the Cavs losing this game. You would think if the Cavs were winning heading into the fourth quarter they would beat a team like to Brooklyn Nets, but the Cavs only scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, and the Cavs just kept on missing so many three-pointers.

The Nets out-scored the Cavs in the paint 60 to 46 which tells you that the Cavs were shooting too many three-pointers and not penetrating to the basket enough. It really just does not look like the Cavs are headed in the right direction since Tyron Lue has taking over as head coach. Cavaliers will look to get back on track next game against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden.

Tyron Lue said “We didn’t make shots tonight but that’s not the biggest thing. The biggest thing for me is just competing for 48 minutes.” 

For the Nets, Brook Lopez led the way with 22 points on 8 of 15 from the field, collected seven rebounds, and handed out five assists. Shane Larkin dumped in 17 points on 7 of 10 from the floor, and dished out seven assists. Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 12 points on merely 4 of 12 from the field, and buried three triples. Rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson managed 10 points on 5 of 8 shooting, picked up seven rebounds, and stripped away three steals off the bench in 17 minutes. Markel Brown tallied nine points on 3 of 4 from the field, gathered four rebounds, and blocked two shots off the pine.

Sean Kilpatrick poured in 10 points on 4 of 13 from the field off the bench. The Nets bench out-scored the Cavs bench 43 to 27. Nets shot a solid 46.1 percent from the field. The Nets had lost seven of their last eight games coming into this game and they finally got a big win at home against the best team in the Eastern Conference in the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cleveland Cavaliers Put Away Milwaukee Bucks 114-103

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat down the Milwaukee Bucks at home 114-103. Cavs improve to 51-20 and Bucks fall to 30-42 on the season. LeBron James led the way for the Cavs with 26 points on 9 of 22 from the field to go along with six rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and one blocked shot. LeBron had five ferocious dunks in this game. Kevin Love posted a double double with 24 points on 8 of 14 from the field, grabbed 1o rebounds, dished out four assists, blocked two shots, and nailed four three-pointers. Kyrie Irving put in 16 points on 5 of 10 from the floor, plucked eight rebounds, and handed out eight assists.

J.R. Smith dropped in 13 points on 5 of 10 from the field, gave out four assists, and made three triples. Timofey Mozgov concluded with 10 points on an efficient 5 of 6 from the field, picked up three rebounds, and blocked one shot in 21 minutes. Tristan Thompson chipped in a double double with 13 points on 6 of 9 from the field, collected 10 rebounds, and blocked two shots off the bench. Cavaliers shot a remarkable 48 percent from the field, but they only shot 29.4 percent on 10 of 34 from three-point range. Cavaliers did shoot a solid 85.2 percent on 23 of 27 from the foul line. The Cavs out-rebounded the Bucks 42 to 31.

The Cavaliers were moving the ball well, and were executing well offensively, and when the Cavaliers play like that, they are a tough team to beat. Every Cavaliers starter scored in double figures. The Cavaliers scored a lot of points in this game, but they did not play a good game defensively as they let the Bucks score 104 points on 53.8 percent shooting from the field. The Cavs did step up their defense in the fourth quarter though as they only allowed the Bucks score 17 points in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers are going to have to improve on defense for them to compete for a championship. Cavaliers will play again tonight on the road against the Brooklyn Nets.

LeBron James said “It’s great basketball. Everyone’s in great rhythm. The ball is moving, everyone’s in great rhythm right now and it’s just good ball.”

For the Bucks, Giannis Antetokoumpo had a team high 24 points on 11 of 19 from the field including six rebounds, six assists, and one blocked shot. Jerryd Bayless scored 15 points on 6 of 9 from the field, and collected five rebounds. Greg Monroe totaled 14 points on 6 of 9 from the floor in 26 minutes. Jabari Parker pitched in 12 points on 5 of 8 from the field, and stripped away four steals. Khris Middletown compiled nine points on 3 of 7 shooting, dished out 11 assists, and had two steals.

John Henson added 12 points on 5 of 9 from the field, pulled down three rebounds, and blocked one shot off the pine in 20 minutes. Former Cavalier Jared Cunningham contributed seven points, and gathered three rebounds off the bench. The Bucks shot an outstanding 53.8 percent from the field, but it was still not good enough for them to win this game. The Bucks did get out-rebounded and they gave up more second chance points.

The Bucks were down by 10 at the end of the first quarter, but they came back and were only trailing by two points at halftime. The Bucks struggled coming down the stretch and they had a few turnovers they could not afford to win this game. The Bucks will have another tough game coming up on the road and they will face off the Atlanta Hawks.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers Obliterate Denver Nuggets 124-91

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home demolished the Denver Nuggets 124-91. The Cavaliers improve to 50-20, and Nuggets fall to 29-42 on the season. LeBron James led all scorers and put up a triple double with 33 points on 12 of 19 from the field including 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. J.R. Smith put in 15 points on 6 of 12 from the field, grabbed four rebounds, dished out five assists, and stripped away four steals. Channing Frye scored 14 points on 5 of 9 from the field, made three triples, and picked up three rebounds in 25 minutes.

Timofey Mozgov racked up nine points on 3 of 4 from the field, pulled down four rebounds, and had two steals. Matthew Dellavedova added 10 points on 3 of 7 from the floor, handed out seven assists, and hit three from downtown off the bench. Tristan Thompson managed eight points on 4 of 5 from the field, collected seven rebounds, and stripped away two steals off the bench. Richard Jefferson compiled nine points on 4 of 9 from the floor off the pine. Kyrie Irving struggled in this game with eight points on merely 4 of 12 from the field, and gave out three assists in 24 minutes.

Cavaliers were on fire in this game as they shot 55.8 percent from the field, and shot 48.4 percent on 15 of 31 from three-point distance. Cavaliers had a season high 38 assists as a team in this game. The Cavs did whatever they wanted to do in this game, and they were executing, and moving the ball the game so well offensively. The Cavaliers got off to a great start with a 38 to 23 lead in the first quarter, but the Nuggets came back, and they were up by two points in the second quarter. The Cavs let the Nuggets come back in the first half, but the Cavs dominated the Nuggets in the second half, and the Cavs ended up blowing out the Nuggets by 33 points.

The Nuggets in the second half could never get stops on defense against the Cavs, and it eventually just seemed like the Nuggets were giving up, and they were not playing with any energy. The Cavaliers also played better defense as they allowed the Nuggets to only score 91 points. Meanwhile, Kevin Love did not play in this game for the Cavs due to an illness .Cavs will play again at home next game on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

For the Nuggets, Will Barton led the way with 27 points on an efficient 9 of 12 from the field, drained four three pointers, gathered four rebounds, and stripped away two steals off the bench. Nikola Jokic contributed 11 points on just 4 of 12 from the field to go along with four rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Gary Harris poured in 11 points and shot 4 of 12 from the field. Jusuf Nurkic played solid off the bench with 11 points on 5 of 7 from the field, snatched seven rebounds, dished out three assists, and blocked three shots. Joffrey Lauvergne notched nine points on 3 of 7 from the filed off the pine.

Emmanuel Mudiay had an awful shooting night with five points on 1 of 11 from the field. The Nuggets shot a horrid 39.5 percent from the field and they only scored 91 points, but they let the Cavs score 124 points which is way too many to give up for the Nuggets to win this game. The Nuggets just had no answer for the Cavs, and they played horrible defense as the game went on. The Nuggets were only trailing by eight points at halftime, but they got out-scored by 25 points to the Cavs in the second half. The Nuggets will look to bounce back next game at home against the struggling Philadelphia 76ers.

Nuggets head coach Mike Malone said “An embarrassing effort. A very good team, obviously, a team that went to the finals, but I thought in the second half we quit. I haven’t seen that from our team most the year. I’m very disappointed with that. I did not like our effort, our focus, our intensity, and our fight for 48 minutes.”

Utah Jazz Thump Cleveland Cavaliers 94-85

The Utah Jazz beat down the Cleveland Cavaliers at home 94-85. Jazz improve to 32-35 and Cavs fall to 47-19 on the season. Rodney Hood led all scorers with 28 points on 9 of 16 from the field, and drained four three-pointers. Derrick Favors racked up 19 points on 7 of 15 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, and blocked three shots. Shelvin Mack posted a double double with 17 points on 7 of 14 from the field, dished out 10 assists, and plucked seven rebounds.

Rookie Trey Lyles added 12 points on 5 of 8 from the field in 13 minutes off the bench. Raul Neto contributed seven points on 3 of 4 from the field, and gave out three assists off the pine. Rudy Gobert put up five points, and pulled down 11 rebounds. The Jazz shot a remarkable 49.3 percent from the field and they shot 44.4 percent on 12 of 27 from three point range. Jazz defended well against the East leading Cleveland Cavaliers and they held the Cavs to only score 85 points in the game.

This was a big win for the Jazz to help get them back in the playoff race. Meanwhile, Gordan Hayward missed this game for the Jazz with plantar fasciitis. Despite Hayward not playing, other guys stepped up well for the Jazz. The Jazz stepped up well in the fourth quarter and they out-scored the Cavs 28 to 19 in that quarter. Jazz will host the Phoenix Suns in their next game on Thursday.

For the Cavs, LeBron James led the way with 23 points on 10 of 20 from the field including 12 rebounds, and three assists. LeBron started off playing well but he did not score as much in the second half. Kyrie Irving had a poor shooting night with 15 points on 7 of 23 from the floor, handed out three assists, and stripped away two steals. Kevin Love pitched in 12 points on merely 4 of 12 from the field, and snagged nine rebounds. Timofey Mozgov scored seven points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the field in 16 minutes.

Channing Frye managed seven points on 3 of 6 shooting to go along with four rebounds, and two blocks off the bench. Meanwhile, Channing Frye and Trey Lyles got ejected for this game in the fourth quarter after Lyles hit Frye in the groin and Frye reacted and they head butted each other. Cavaliers really struggled shooting in this game as they shot 39.8 percent from the field and they shot a horrid 23.8 percent on 10 of 42 from three-point distance. Cavaliers settled for too many threes in this game, and thats what it really came down to them losing this game. Cavs kept on shooting threes and they weren’t making them and they should have attacked the basket more and try to score more points inside.

Cavaliers only shot 62.5 percent on 5 of 8 from the foul line. Cavs didn’t execute well enough offensively and they only scored 85 points which is way too low for them. Cavaliers just did not play as well in this game on a back to back and this was their last game of their four game west coast trip. Cavaliers will look to bounce back next game at home against the Dallas Mavericks.

LeBron James said “We had our chance. We definitely settled for the outside shot too much tonight and didn’t get into the paint. They did a great job capitalizing on our mistakes.”

Cleveland Cavaliers Defeat Los Angeles Clippers 114-90

The Cleveland Cavaliers blow out the Los Angeles Clippers on the road 114-90. Cavaliers improve to 47-18, and the Clippers fall to 42-23 on the season. LeBron James had a game high 27 points on 9 of 15 from the field including six rebounds, five assists, one steal, and nailed three triples in 31 minutes. J.R. Smith put in 17 points on 6 of 9 from the field, and hit five three pointers. J.R. Smith scored 14 of his points in the third quarter, and he simply went off. Kyrie Irving dropped in 17 points on 7 of 17 from the field, and dished out five assists.

Kevin Love tallied 12 points on 5 of 11 from the floor, and grabbed nine rebounds in 25 minutes. Channing Frye added 15 points on 5 of 8 from the field, picked up five rebounds, and sunk five three-pointers off the bench. Frye has shot the ball really well of late. Tristan Thompson posted a double double with 10 points on 3 of 6 from the field, pulled down 11 rebounds, and blocked two shots off the pine. Matthew Dellavedova managed seven points on 2 of 5 from the floor, and gave out four assists off the bench. Cavaliers shot a respectable 48.8 percent from the field, and they shot 48.6 percent on 18 of 37 from three-point range.

The Cavaliers shot outstanding from beyond the arc, and they kept on making so many threes in the game. Cavaliers were moving the ball well, and executed really well offensively. Cavaliers were losing by as many as 10 points in the first quarter, and they were struggling to start off the game. The Cavaliers really got it going after the first quarter, and they had a 17 point lead at halftime, and they ended up blowing out the Clippers by 24 points.

The Cavaliers have now won six of their last seven games, and it looks like they are headed in the right direction. When the Cavs play like this, and when they shoot the ball well, they are a championship contending team. Cavaliers in the last game of their west coast trip will head to Utah to play against Utah Jazz tonight.

LeBron James said “We came out and took care of business. We’re getting into form right now. We’ve got a great rotation going right now. The guys are healthy and we’re just trying to play the game the right way.”

For the Clippers, J.J. Redick totaled 19 points on 7 of 11 from the field. Chris Paul put up 17 points on 5 of 11 from the field to go along with 10 assists, five rebounds, and two steals. Deandre Jordan recorded a double double with 10 points on a perfect 4 of 4 from the field, collected 11 rebounds, and blocked one shot. Austin Rivers registered 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting off the bench. Wesley Johnson scored 12 points on merely 4 of 13 from the field, and gathered five rebounds off the pine.

Jeff Green and Jamal Crawford both had off shooting games for the Clippers as Green shot 2 of 10 from the field, and Crawford shot 3 for 11. Clippers shot only 40.5 percent from the field and shot 31.3 percent on 10 of 32 from three-point distance. Clippers really just didn’t show up in this game, and they were never able to come back in the second half. Clippers allowed the Cavs to score 114 points, and they also let the Cavs make way too many three-pointers. Meanwhile, Blake Griffin is still out for the Clippers with a broken hand. Clippers will have another tough game coming up on the road versus the San Antonio Spurs

Cleveland Cavaliers Smashed Los Angeles Lakers 120-108

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Los Angles Lakers on the road 120-108. Cavs improve to 46-18 and Lakers fall to 14-52 on the season. Kyrie Irving led the way for the Cavaliers with 26 points on 11 of 20 from the field, and dished out nine assists. LeBron James put in 24 points on 9 of 18 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, handed out seven assists, and blocked two shots. Channing Frye dumped in 21 points on an efficient 8 of 10 from the field including seven rebounds, and buried five three-pointers in 24 minutes.

J.R. Smith logged 17 points on 5 of 10 from the floor, stripped away two steals, and made four three-pointers. J.R. alley hooped passed off the back board to LeBron and LeBron caught the ball in the air with his left hand, and dunked it which was an incredible play. Tristan Thompson chipped in a double double with 10 points on 3 of 5 from the field, and plucked 14 rebounds. Matthew Dellavedova added 11 points on 4 of 9 from the field, and drained three triples off the bench. Cavaliers shot a solid 52.9 percent from the field and shot 45.7 percent on 16 of 35 from three-point range.

Cavaliers executed very well offensively and they scored 120 points, and they made a lot of three pointers in this game. The Cavs played great offensively but they did not play well defensively as they gave up 108 points to the Lakers. Cavaliers have now won five of their last six games. Meanwhile, Kevin Love sat out for this game with a left knee injury. Cavaliers in the entire fourth quarter were winning by double digits, and they did not let the Lakers come back in the game. Cavaliers will play again in LA next game to face off the Los Angeles Clippers.

For the Lakers, Kobe Bryant scored 26 points on 11 of 16 from the field to go along with five rebounds, one steal, and one block. Kobe had one of his best shooting games of the season in his last game he will play against LeBron James. Rookie D’Angelo Russell posted 24 points on 8 of 19 from the field, gave out five assists, picked up four rebounds, and hit four three-pointers. Julius Randle racked up 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting, collected nine rebounds, and had two steals. Brandon Bass concluded with 12 points on a perfect 5 of 5 from the field, gathered eight rebounds, and blocked one shot off the bench.

Marcelo Huertas contributed 13 points on 6 of 10 from the field, dished out five assists, and blocked two shots off the pine. Lakers scored 108 points and shot an excellent 52.5 percent from the field, but they shot merely 31.8 percent on 7 of 22 from three-point distance. Meanwhile, Lou Williams is still out for the Lakers with a hamstring injury. The Lakers gave up way too many points to have a chance to win this game as they let the Cavs score 120 points. Lakers have lost a lot of games this season because they have not played good enough defense. Lakers will host the New York Knicks next game on Sunday.

LeBron James said “I wish I could play against them every single night. Just that competitive juice, that feeling of just going against one of the greatest, you can never take that for granted.”

Cleveland Cavaliers Topple Sacramento Kings 120-111

The Cleveland Cavaliers top the Sacramento Kings on the road 120-111. Cavs improve to 45-18 and Kings fall to 25-38 on the season. Kyrie Irving had a game high 30 points on 11 of 22 from the field, and dished out four assists. LeBron James put in 25 points on 8 of 19 from the field including 11 rebounds, and six assists. Tristan Thompson posted a double double with 18 points on 6 of 8 from the field, and grabbed 15 rebounds. Thompson played with tremendous energy, and he grabbed a lot of offensive rebounds.

Kevin Love recorded a double double with 17 points on merely 4 of 13 from the field, plucked 10 rebounds, gave out three assists, and stripped away two steals. Love hit a big three and the foul for a four point player under two minutes left in the game which sealed the deal. Matthew Dellavedova added seven points on 2 of 7 from the floor off the bench. Every Cavaliers starter scored in double figures. Cavaliers did not shoot well as they shot 43.3 percent from the field, and shot merely 29.5 percent from three-point distance.

Cavaliers had a lot of second chance points, and they did shoot a solid 83 percent on 29 of 35 from the free throw line. Cavaliers still scored 120 points in this game which was way too many points allowed by the Kings for them to win this game. The Cavs needed this win as they are on a four game west coast road trip, and they had just lost at home to the Memphis Grizzlies. Cavs will play again tonight and face off the Los Angeles Lakers.

J.R. Smith said about Loves big three pointer “More than anything I think we needed it as a team. All it does take is one shot. Fortunately it was big enough shot to where he can feel comfortable with his game. It does help us.”

For the Kings, Demarcus Cousins tallied 29 points on 8 of 22 from the field, snatched 11 rebounds, and stripped away two steals. Cousins picked up his 15th technical foul of the season and he is one technical away from serving a one game suspension. Rudy Gay managed 19 points on 7 of 13 from the field to go along with six rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Darren Collison notched 15 points on 5 of 12 shooting, collected five rebounds, and handed out eight assists. Rajon Rondo poured in 11 points on 5 of 14 from the field, and dished out six assists. Omri Casspi contributed 13 points on 6 of 9 from the field.

Kings shot a solid 47.6 percent from the field. The Kings biggest problem has always been on the defensive end, and this is once again the reason why the Kings lost this game. Kings gave up 120 points. The Kings were only down by one with under three minutes remaining, but they closed out the game poorly and they ended up losing by nine. Kings have now lost seven on their last nine games. It is starting to look like the Kings are not in the playoff picture in the Western Conference now as they are 6.5 games back from the eight seed. Kings will look to get back on track next game on Friday at home against the Orlando Magic

Shorthanded Memphis Grizzlies Stun Cleveland Cavaliers 106-103

The Memphis Grizzlies pull out the win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road 106-103. Tony Allen led the way for the Grizzlies with 26 points on 11 of 17 from the field, grabbed four rebounds, and stripped away five steals. Allen had one of his best scoring games of his career and averaged less then seven points per game coming in. Mario Chalmers put in 17 points on 7 of 17 from the field, dished out seven assists, and stripped away four steals. JaMychal Green posted a double double with 16 points on 6 of 13 from the field including 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals, and two blocks.

Lance Stephenson added 17 points on 8 of 15 from the field, plucked seven rebounds, and handed out three assists off the bench. Vince Carter contributed 15 points on 4 of 9 from the field, pulled down four rebounds, and blocked two shots off the pine. Grizzlies shot a solid 47.7 percent from the field. Grizzlies were shorthanded tonight with four of their starters out and they still pulled off the victory on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Mark Gasol, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley, Matt Barnes, Chris Anderson, and Brandon Wright were all not in the lineup tonight for the Grizzlies.

Grizzlies just out-hustled the Cavs and they played with more energy. Grizzlies forced the Cavs to have a lot of turnovers in this game. This was a very surprising win for the Grizzlies on the road against the East leading Cleveland Cavaliers with all the injuries Grizzlies had. Grizzlies only had eight players dressed in uniform for this game. Grizzlies executed well down the stretch to help them hold on with the win. Grizzlies will play again on the road next game on Wednesday against the Boston Celtics.

For the Cavs, LeBron James led all scorers with 28 points on 11 of 19 from the field to go along with nine rebounds, and five assists. Kyrie Irving registered 27 points on 9 of 16 from the field, gave out five assists, and had four steals. Kevin Love recorded a double double with 14 points, snagged 11 rebounds, and dished out three assists. Love shot merely 2 of 9 from the field, but he shot a perfect 10 of 10 from the foul line. Tristan Thompson pitched in 11 points on an efficient 5 of 6 from the field, picked up six rebounds, and blocked three shots off the bench.

Iman Shumpert scored nine points on 3 of 5 from the field including four rebounds, and two steals. Cavaliers shot a respectable 45 percent from the field, and shot just 24 percent on 7 of 29 from three-point range. Cavaliers had way too many turnovers with 25 of them in this game, and their turnovers led to easy baskets for the Grizzlies. The turnovers is what cost the Cavs of winning this game, but the Cavs did not play with a sense of urgency, and did not play with as much energy as the Grizzlies did. The Cavs were playing like it would be easy for them to win tonight with the Grizzlies being so shorthanded.

This was a really disappointing loss for the Cavs at home against a team they should beat with all the injuries they had. Cavaliers were down three and had the ball with 1.8 seconds left for a chance to tie the game and send it into overtime, but Kyrie Irving missed the three-pointer at the buzzer and the Cavs lost. Cavaliers will have to play on the road in six of their next seven games. Cavs will look to get back on track next game on Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings.

LeBron James said “We’re all in this league for a reason. We didn’t respect them tonight and they beat us.”