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Cleveland Cavaliers Win A Close Game, 112-108 Against The Philadelphia 76ers

The Cleveland Cavaliers on the road hold on to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-108. Cavs improve to 13-2 and 76ers fall to 4-13 on the season. For the Cavs, Kyrie Irving had a game high 39 points on 14 of 27 from the field, including four rebounds, and buried five three-pointers. Irving took over this game, and scored 19 of his points in the fourth quarter alone. LeBron James posted a triple-double with 26 points on 9 of 19 from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out 13 assists. Kevin Love recorded a double-double with 25 points on 6 of 13 from the floor, plucked 11 rebounds, and hit four from downtown.

Tristan Thompson racked up 12 points on 5 of 8 from the field, pulled down 11 rebounds, and blocked two shots. James Jones added six points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the field in 11 minutes off the bench. J.R. Smith scored 0 points in this game and shot 0 of 11 from the field. J.R.’s shot has been off in the last couple of games and he needs to shoot the ball better for the Cavs to play at their best.

The Cavaliers shot merely 41.3 percent from the field, and shot just 30 percent on 12 of 40 from the field. The Cavaliers started the game shooting 0 of 14 from the field. All though the Cavaliers didn’t shoot well from the field, they did shoot a solid 85.7 percent on 24 of 28 from the foul line. The Cavaliers did not play their best game, but they still won by four points against the struggling Philadelphia 76ers.

The Cavaliers also seemed to play lethargic on defense. Meanwhile, Iman Shumpert for the Cavaliers did not play with a hamstring injury, and Channing Frye is still out for the Cavaliers after his father passed away on thanksgiving day. The Cavaliers next game will be tonight and they will matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.

LeBron James said “Whoever has the hot hand, we want to continue to get it to him. Kyrie understands what needs to be done in order for us to win. He showcased that tonight.”

For the 76ers, Joel Embiid led the way with 22 points on 8 of 18 from the field to go along with nine rebounds, four assists, and three blocked shots. Ersan Ilyasova scored 13 points on 5 of 10 from the floor, and snatched six rebounds. Sergio Rodriguez logged 12 points on 5 of 9 from the field, gave out seven assists, and stripped away two steals. Gerald Henderson totaled 13 points on 5 of 13 from the field, snagged five rebounds, and handed out four assists. Jahlil Okafor contributed 14 points on 7 of 11 from the field, and collected nine rebounds off the bench.

Nik Stauskas dropped in 11 points on 4 of 6 from the field, and dished out four assists off the pine. Rookie Dario Saric compiled 10 points on 4 of 9 from the floor, caught four rebounds, and gave out three assists. The 76ers shot a respectable 46.7 percent from the field, and shot 44 percent on 15 of 34 from three-point range. The 76ers had a six point lead at halftime, and were up by one point with 9 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, but the 76ers didn’t get stops when they needed to in the fourth quarter. The 76ers did play sloppy with 16 turnovers. The 76ers have now lost their last three games on their home floor. Meanwhile, Jerryd Bayless did not play for the 76ers with a wrist injury.

Cleveland Cavaliers Smashed Dallas Mavericks 128-90

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home blow out the Dallas Mavericks 128-90. Cavaliers improve to 12-2 and Mavericks fall to 2-12 on the season. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 25 points on 10 of 13 from the field, and drained four three-pointers. Irving started the game shooting a perfect 10 of 10 from the field. Kevin Love recorded a double-double with 27 points on 8 of 14 from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out four assists, stripped away three steals, and nailed seven three pointers. Love has been on fire from three-point range in the last couple of games.

LeBron James who played in his 1,000th regular season game, managed 19 points on 6 of 13 from the floor including five rebounds, and 11 assists. Tristan Thompson chipped in a double-double with 11 points on 4 of 5 from the field, and plucked 12 rebounds. James Jones added nine points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the field in six minutes off the bench. Jordan McRae put in seven points on 3 of 7 from the field off the pine. Kay Felder contributed five points on 2 of 4 from the floor, and gave out four assists off the bench.

The Cavaliers shot an excellent 50.6 percent from the field, and shot 46.5 percent on 20 of 43 from three-point distance. The Cavaliers have made 20 or more three pointers in the last two games, and have also made 10 or more three pointers in every game so far this season. The Cavaliers are in a great rhythm right now offensively. The Cavaliers were leading by as many as 44 points in this game, and they had a 34 point lead at halftime.

The Cavaliers were destroying the Mavericks in the entire game, and the Cavaliers never let the Mavericks come back at any point in this game. The Cavaliers will head to Philadelphia to play against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. Meanwhile, Channing Frye did not play in this game for the Cavaliers and has been excused from the team due to the death of his father on thanksgiving day.

For the Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki led the way with 15 points on 7 of 18 from the field to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Harrison Barnes concluded with 12 points on 6 of 13 from the field. Seth Curry registered 13 points on 5 of 13 from the floor, pulled down three rebounds, and handed out three assists off the bench. Justin Anderson poured in 10 points on 4 of 7 from the field in 14 minutes off the pine. Jonathan Gibson scored eight points on 2 of 3 from the field off the bench.

The Mavericks shot merely 40.7 percent from the field, and shot 23 percent on 8 of 25 from three-point territory. All though the Mavericks didn’t shoot well from the field, that was not the reason why they lost the game, they just played horrible defensively. The Mavericks let the Cavaliers score a total of 128 points which is just way too much. The Mavericks are now 2-12 so far this season, and they cannot start playing like they are giving up the rest of the season. This was an embarrassing loss on the road for the Mavericks, and nothing was going right for them in this game.

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said “It was a horrible performance by us and a great performance by them. We simply must be better and compete better. It’s very disappointing.”

Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Portland Trail Blazers 137-125

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home top the Portland Trail Blazers 137-125. Cavs improve to 11-2 and Blazers fall to 8-9 on the season. Kevin Love scored 23 points in the first quarter and he broke the record for the most points in the first quarter in NBA history. Love finished with 40 points on 12 of 20 from the field including eight rebounds, three assists, and made eight three-pointers. Love was simply on fire and he made all eight of his three-pointers in the first quarter. LeBron James posted a triple-double with 31 points on 11 of 21 from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out 13 assists, and stripped away three steals.

Kyrie Irving put in 20 points on 8 of 15 from the floor, gave out six assists, and buried three triples. J.R. Smith pitched in eight points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the field. Channing Frye added 14 points on 4 of 6 from the field, collected three rebounds, and hit three from deep off the bench. Richard Jefferson contributed six points on 3 of 4 from the field, and handed out four assists off the pine. The Cavaliers shot an outstanding 53.3 percent from the field, and shot 58.3 percent on 21 of 36 from three-point range.

The Cavaliers made 21 three pointers in the game, and the Cavaliers broke the record for the most three pointers made in a game in franchise history. The Cavaliers were leading for the entire game and they never let the Blazers come back. The Cavaliers were up by 21 points at halftime. The Cavaliers gave up a lot of points on defense, but they shot the ball well, and were executing really well on offense. The Cavaliers will play again tonight at home against the Dallas Mavericks.

LeBron James said about Kevin Love “Obviously we had a huge hot hand. That was lighting. We just kept giving him the ball and he kept knocking them down.”

For the Blazers, Damian Lillard led the way with 40 points on 13 of 21 from the floor to go along with seven rebounds, 11 assists, and sunk five three-pointers. Mason Plumlee totaled 19 points on 9 of 10 from the field, pulled down four rebounds, and gave out three assists. C.J. McCollum notched 13 points on 5 of 12 from the field. Maurice Harkless tallied 11 points on 4 of 10 from the field, snatched seven rebounds, and stripped away three steals off the pine. Evan Turner compiled 17 points on 7 of 13 from the floor, and dished out three assists off the bench.

Pat Connaughton supplied seven points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the field in four minutes off the pine. The Blazers shot a solid 52 percent from the field, and shot 44.8 percent on 13 of 29 from three-point distance. The Blazers scored a lot of points and shot the ball well from the field, but they allowed the Cavs to score a total of 137 points, and it is hard for the Blazers to win games giving up that many points. The Blazers were down by as many as 23 points in this game, and they were never leading in the entire game. The Blazers have now lost five of their last six games, and their record is now currently under .500. The Blazers host the New Orleans Pelicans tonight and this game is a must win for the Blazers.

Cleveland Cavaliers Destroyed Detroit Pistons 104-81

The Cleveland Cavaliers blow out the Detroit Pistons 104-81. Cavs improve to 10-2 and Pistons fall to 6-7 on the season. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 25 points on 11 of 15 from the field, dished out 11 assists, and made three triples in 29 minutes. LeBron James put in 23 points on 9 of 14 from the field, grabbed three rebounds, and gave out three assists. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 12 points on 5 of 10 from the floor, and plucked 13 rebounds.

Tristan Thompson managed eight points on 3 of 8 from the field, picked up 14 rebounds, and blocked four shots. J.R. Smith who missed the last three game with an injury, scored nine points on 3 of 7 from the field, drained three from beyond the arc, and stripped away two steals. Iman Shumpert added nine points on 3 of 5 from the floor off the bench. Jordan McRae contributed with seven points on merely 2 of 7 from the field, and handed out three assists off the pine. The Cavaliers shot a solid 48 percent from the field, and shot 44 percent on 11 of 25 from three-point range.

The Cavaliers played a great game at both ends of the floor, and they dominated the Pistons in this game. The Cavaliers held the Pistons to 81 points on 31 percent from the field. The Cavaliers lost in their last game against the Indiana Pacers, and they responded really well in this game, and played with a lot of urgency. The Cavaliers played really well from start to finish and had a 56-39 lead at halftime. The Cavaliers in their next game on Wednesday will host the Portland Trail Blazers.

LeBron James said “Offensively and defensively it was the best we’ve played all year, as far as close to 48 minutes.”

For the pistons Jon Leuer led the way with 15 points on 5 of 12 from the field, and collected seven rebounds off the bench. Leuer was the only player for the Pistons who scored in double figures. Tobias Harris dropped in nine points on just 3 of 10 from the field. Andre Drummond racked up eight points on 4 of 12 from the field, and snatched 10 rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope put up nine points on merely 4 of 12 from the floor. Stanley Johnson concluded with 5 points on 2 of 3 from the field including three rebounds, and two steals off the bench.

The Pistons shot an awful 31.2 percent from the field, and shot 31.6 percent on 6 of 19 from three-point distance. The Pistons just had a very hard time making shots in this game, and it was just an off night for them. They just got demolished on the road by the Cavs. The Pistons did not play good defense against the Cavs either, but when a team shoots so poorly from the field, they are not going to have a chance to win. Meanwhile, Reggie Jackson is still out for the pistons while he is recovering from knee surgery.

Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said “Their guys all played really, really hard. We need to find people that play hard.”

LeBron-less Cleveland Cavaliers Fall To Indiana Pacers 103-93

The Indiana Pacers at home top the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-93. Pacers improve to 6-6 and Cavaliers fall to 9-2 on the season. For the Pacers, Paul George led the way with 21 points on 8 of 18 from the field to go along with 11 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and made three from deep. Jeff Teague dropped in 20 points on 7 of 12 from the field, plucked four rebounds, and dished out eight assists. Thaddeus Young scored 16 points on 7 of 14 from the floor, and picked up seven rebounds.

Myles Turner racked up 12 points on 6 of 11 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds, and blocked four shots. Monta Ellis tallied seven points on 3 of 6 from the field including six rebounds, four assists, and five blocked shots. C.J. Miles added 10 points on 4 of 7 from the field off the bench. Aaron Brooks dumped in nine points on 4 of 7 from the floor off the pine. The Pacers shot a solid 50 percent from the field.

The Pacers on defense held the Cavs to only score 93 points, and the Cavs only shot 40.7 percent from the field. The Pacers were able to get in transition and scored 23 fast break points. The Pacers out-scored the Cavaliers in the paint 44 to 24. This was a game the Pacers needed to win at home, especially when the Cavs did not play LeBron James in this game.

C.J. Miles said about LeBron James not playing “Of course it’s different. We’re talking about him still and he didn’t even play tonight. He’s arguably the best player in our game. But we can’t disrespect that. They’ve got guys who can play basketball.”

For the Cavs, Kevin Love had a game high 27 points on 11 of 23 from the field, pulled down 16 rebounds, and buried four three-pointers. Kyrie Irving managed 24 points on 10 of 20 from the field, and gave out seven assists. Rookie Kay Felder scored a career high nine points on 2 of 4 from the field off the bench. Channing Frye totaled eight points on merely 3 of 9 from the floor, caught five rebounds, and blocked two shots off the pine. Tristan Thompson finished with just two points, but nabbed 12 rebounds, and handed out three assists.

Jordan McRae contributed nine points on just 3 of 12 from the field off the bench. The Cavaliers did not shoot the ball well as they shot 40.7 percent from the field, and shot 36.7 percent on 11 of 30 from three-point range. The Cavaliers also turned the ball over a lot as they had 18 turnovers. Irving and Love scored 51 of the teams 93 points but the rest of the team just didn’t contribute much. Meanwhile, LeBron James did not play in this game for rest purposes, and J.R. Smith is still out with an ankle injury. The Cavaliers without LeBron just don’t move the ball and execute as well on offense, and they don’t get in transition as well without him. The Cavaliers will play against the Detroit Pistons in Cleveland tonight.

Cleveland Cavaliers Slip By Toronto Raptors 121-117

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home win a tight game, 121-117 against the Toronto Raptors. Cavs improve to 9-1 and Raptors fall to 7-3 on the season. For the Cavs, LeBron James recorded a double-double with 28 points on 10 of 15 from the field, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out 14 assists. Kyrie Irving put in 24 points on 10 of 20 from the field including five rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Irving made a clutch three-pointer from the corner with one minute and 57 seconds remaining in the game to help give the Cavs a 113-112 lead.

Tristan Thompson put up a double-double with 15 points on 7 of 8 from the floor, and pulled down 11 rebounds. Kevin Love finished with 19 points on merely 5 of 16 from the field, plucked 13 rebounds, and blocked three shots. Channing Frye added 21 points on 7 of 10 from the field, and made five three-pointers off the bench. The Cavs were down by one point under one minute left in the game, and Frye hit a big three-pointer to give the Cavs a two point lead. Mike Dunleavy contributed five points on 2 of 3 from the floor off the bench.

The Cavaliers shot an excellent 53 percent from the field, and shot 39 percent on 13 of 33 from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers played sloppy with 17 turnovers, but they shot the ball extremely well in this game, and LeBron set up his teammates very well as he handed out 14 assists. The Cavaliers have won two big games against the Toronto Raptors this season. This was a close game and it all came down to the last-minute to decide which team will win. Meanwhile, J.R. Smith is still out for the Cavaliers with an ankle injury.

The Cavaliers made a couple big shots, and they got stops when they needed to win this game. The Cavaliers are off to their best start to the season in franchise history since 1976-1977 season. The Cavaliers play again tonight on the road against the Indiana Pacers.

For the Raptors, Kyle Lowry led the way with 28 points on 11 of 23 from the field, to go along with five rebounds, nine assists, four steals and nailed four three-pointers. Demar Derozan notched 26 points on merely 10 of 27 from the field, snatched six rebounds, gave out four assists, and stripped away three steals. Jonas Valanciunas poured in 14 points on 5 of 9 from the floor, and gathered nine rebounds. Norman Powell totaled 12 points on 4 of 7 from the field, and hit three triples. Terrence Ross supplied 18 points on 7 of 12 from the field, stripped away two steals, and sunk four from downtown off the pine.

Cory Joseph pitched in nine points off the bench. The Raptors shot 48 percent from the field, and shot a solid 44.8 percent on 13 of 29 from three-point range. The Raptors played well offensively and made a lot of three-pointers, but they did not play good enough defensively to win this game. The allowed the Cavs to score 121 points on 53 percent shooting from the field.

The Raptors did shoot just 66.7 percent on 12 of 18 from the foul line. The Raptors did compete well in this game on the road, but they fell short of winning this game. However, DeMarre Carroll did not play in this game for rest purposes, and Jared Sullinger is still out after having foot surgery. The Raptors will have another big game tonight as they will host the Golden State Warriors.

Kyle Lowry said “I’m not encouraged by any loss. We want to win every single game. Every time we touch the floor we want to win games.”

Cleveland Cavaliers Outlast Charlotte Hornets 100-93

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home beat the Charlotte Hornets 100-93. Cavs improve to 8-1 and Hornets fall to 6-3 on the season. For the Cavs, Channing Frye had a team high 20 points on 7 of 15 from the field, grabbed three rebounds, drained six three pointers, and blocked three shots off the bench. Kyrie Irving put in 19 points on 8 of 17 from the field, and dished out four assists in 27 minutes. LeBron James concluded with 19 points on 8 of 21 from the floor including eight rebounds, eight assists, and one blocked shot.

Kevin Love posted a double-double with 17 points on 6 of 10 from the field, plucked 11 rebounds, and gave out four assists in 26 minutes. Love scored 15 of his points in the first quarter. Iman Shumpert added 15 points on 6 of 9 from the field, picked up three rebounds, and hit three triples off the pine. Tristan Thompson registered four points, pulled down 12 rebounds, and blocked three shots. The Cavaliers shot 42.4 percent from the field, and shot 36.8 percent on 14 of 38 from three-point range.

The Cavaliers played excellent on defense as they held the Hornets to 93 points and the Hornets only shot 38 percent from the field. The Cavaliers got off to a good start and were leading 32 to 22 at the end of the first quarter, but the Hornets took a 54-52 lead at halftime. The Cavaliers closed out the game well and ended up winning the game by seven points. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love sat out in the whole fourth quarter and other players off the bench stepped up well for the Cavaliers. Meanwhile, J.R. Smith was not in the lineup for the Cavaliers with an ankle injury. The Cavaliers will play again at home next game and face off the Toronto Raptors.

LeBron James said, “Our second guys did a great job. It was good we were able to close the game out. We got stops and we made shots.”

For the Hornets, Kemba Walker led all scorers with 21 points on 8 of 21 from the field, handed out four assists, and knocked down four from outside the arc. Nicolas Batum dropped in 15 points on 5 of 12 from the field to go along with nine rebounds, seven assists, and stripped away two steals. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist chipped in a double-double with 11 points on merely 4 of 12 from the field, and snatched 10 rebounds. Marvin Williams totaled 16 points on 6 of 14 from the floor, accumulated six rebounds, and sunk three triples. Marco Belinelli managed nine points on 3 of 7 from the field, and buried three from downtown off the bench.

Spencer Hawes contributed with six points on 3 of 7 from the field, and snagged five rebounds off the pine. The Hornets did a good job taking of the basketball in this game as they had only five turnovers, but they shot the ball poorly as they shot 38 percent from the field, and shot 38 percent on 11 of 29 from three-point distance. The Hornets were up by one point at the end of the third quarter, but they did not play good enough in the fourth quarter to win this game, and they did not get stops when they needed to. The Hornets will look to bounce back next game on Tuesday on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Cleveland Cavaliers Thump Washington Wizards 105-94

The Cleveland Cavaliers on the road top the Washington Wizards 105-94. Cavs improve to 7-1 and Wizards fall to 2-6 on the season. Kyrie Irving led the way for the Cavaliers with 29 points on 11 of 23 from the field, dished out six assists, and made four three-pointers. LeBron James posted a double-double with 27 points on 9 of 18 from the field, including 10 rebounds, five assists, two blocked shots, and two steals. James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 27,000 career points. Kevin Love recorded a double-double with 14 points on merely 4 of 12 from the floor, and grabbed 16 rebounds.

J.R. Smith compiled 17 points on 5 of 11 from the field, hit five three-pointers, and picked up four rebounds. Channing Frye added eight points on 3 of 8 from the field off the bench. Iman Shumpert managed six points on 2 of 4 from the floor, snatched four rebounds, and stripped away four steals off the pine. The Cavaliers shot just 41.9 percent from the field, but they did shoot 42.4 percent on 14 of 33 from three-point range. The Cavaliers allowed the Wizards to score 56 points in the first half, but they played much better defense in the second half, and they only gave up a total of 38 points in the second half.

The Cavaliers started to play much more physical on defense, and played with more urgency, and that was how they ended up winning this game. The Cavaliers were trailing by as many as 12 points in the first half, but then they went on a 25-11 run and were leading by two points at halftime. The Cavaliers next game will host the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. The Cavaliers met with president Barack Obama at the white house to celebrate their NBA championship the day before the game.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said, “When you get a chance to meet the president of the United States and he knows your first name and last name, and knows your stats and how you play and who you are as a person, it just means a lot.”

For the Wizards, John Wall put in 28 points on 12 of 24 from the field, to go along with three assists, and two steals. Wall scored 23 points in the first half but only scored five points in the second half. Marcus Morris totaled 20 points on 6 of 14 from the field, and pulled down five rebounds. Otto Porter Jr. finished with 11 points on 5 of 11 from the field, plucked eight rebounds, and gave out five assists. Kelly Oubre Jr. contributed with 10 points on 5 of 8 from the floor, and gathered six rebounds off the pine. Trey Burke scored nine points on 4 of 7 from the field, and handed out three assists off the bench.

The Wizards shot 43.7 percent from the field, and shot just 20 percent on 3 of 15 from three-point distance. The Wizards were only down by two points at halftime, but they struggled to score in the second half, and they ended up losing the game by 11 points. The Wizards are not off to a good start to the season and have now lost three of their last four games. They have a lot of work to do now if they want to make the playoffs this season. Meanwhile, Bradley Beal did not play in this game for the Wizards with a right hamstring injury, and Ian Mahimi is still out after having knee surgery.

Atlanta Hawks Stun Cleveland Cavaliers 110-106

The Atlanta Hawks pull off the win on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-106. The Hawks improve to 5-2, and the Cavaliers improve to 6-1. For the Cavs, Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 29 points on 11 of 27 from the field, dished out four assists, and blocked one shot. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 24 points on 7 of 17 from the field, grabbed 12 rebounds and gave out three assists. LeBron James put in 23 points on 8 of 17 from the floor including nine rebounds, five assists, and stripped away three steals.

Channing Frye added 13 points on 5 of 15 from the field, picked up seven rebounds, and hit three triples off the bench. The Cavaliers did not shoot the ball well as they shot merely 37 percent from the field, and shot 26.2 percent on 11 of 42 from three-point range, but the Cavaliers just did not get enough stops on defense to win this game as they allowed the Hawks to score a total of 110 points. The Cavaliers did limit their turnovers to only six in this game, but they did not shoot the ball well from the field. This was the first loss of the season for the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers, and this was a surprising loss for the Cavs playing on their home floor.

The Cavaliers were down 58-42 at halftime, but they did a good job coming back in the second half, and they were eventually only losing by two points. If the Cavaliers just didn’t get off to a bad start in the first half, they would have won this game. The Cavaliers just could not stop Kent Bazemore and Dennis Schroeder for the Hawks, and they simply went off in this game. The Cavaliers will look to get back on track next game as they will travel to Washington to play against the Washington Wizards on Friday.

LeBron James said, “Give them a lot of credit. They played a heck of game. You know toward the end of the season they’ll be right there.”

For the Hawks, Dennis Schroeder led the way with 28 points on 10 of 16 from the floor, dished out six assists, and buried three from deep. Kent Bazemore dropped in 25 points on 8 of 13 from the field to go along with six rebounds, three assists, and made four three-pointers. Bazemore hit a couple big shots in the fourth quarter to help lead the Hawks to a four point win. Dwight Howard racked up seven points on 3 of 5 from the field, collected 17 rebounds, and blocked three shots. Mike Muscala contributed with 10 points on 5 of 8 from the field, and snatched three rebounds off the bench.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored eight points on merely 3 of 11 from the field off the pine. The Hawks shot an exception 50.6 percent from the field, and shot 38 percent on 11 of 29 from three-point distance. The Hawks did play sloppy as they had 19 turnovers, but they shot the ball well and executed well on offense. This was a big win on the road for the Hawks against the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers. Meanwhile, Kyle Korver did not play in this game after the birth of his third child on Sunday, and Mike Scott was not in the lineup for the Hawks with a left knee injury, and Tiago Splitter did not play with a right hamstring injury.

Cleveland Cavaliers Hang On To Beat The Philadelphia 76ers 102-101

The Cleveland Cavaliers on the road in a tight one beat the Philadelphia 76ers 102-101. Cavaliers improve to 6-0 and 76ers fall to 0-5 on the season. LeBron James had a game high 25 points on 9 of 23 from the field, to go along with eight rebounds, 14 assists, and stripped away two steals. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 20 points on 8 of 16 from the field, and grabbed 11 rebounds. J.R. Smith scored 11 points on 3 of 7 from the floor, and stripped away three steals. J.R. made a great defensive play at the end of the game when he stripped the ball away from Gerald Henderson when he attacked the basket and Henderson wanted a foul called but he did not get the call.

Tristan Thompson notched seven points on 3 of 6 from the field, pulled down 13 rebounds, and blocked two shots. Kyrie Irving had a poor shooting night as he shot 3 of 17 from the field, and put in just eight points. Channing Frye added 12 points on 4 of 9 from the floor, and made four three-pointers off the bench. Frye hit a clutch three-pointer with one minute and five seconds remaining in the game to give the Cavs a 102-101 lead. Iman Shumpert managed seven points on 3 of 4 from the field, gathered three rebounds, and dished out three assists off the pine.

Richard Jefferson contributed with six points on 2 of 4 from the field and picked up three rebounds. The Cavaliers did not shoot the ball as they shot 40.7 percent from the field, and shot 36.8 percent on 14 of 38 from three-point distance. The Cavaliers also played sloppy with 16 turnovers. All though the Cavaliers didn’t shoot the ball real well, they did get stops on defense when they needed to. The Cavaliers are off to a great start to the season as they have started off the season 6-0.

The Cavaliers did get off to a great start and they were up by as many as 18 points in the first half, but the Cavaliers fell apart in the second half and the 76ers eventually came back and the 76ers had a five point lead in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers still closed out this game well and they won the game on the road by one point. The Cavaliers will play at home in their next game on Tuesday and face off the Atlanta Hawks.

LeBron James said, “It’s always great to have these kinds of games. We will clean it up. It’s a great learning experience for us. I know we have room for improvement.”

For the 76ers, Joel Embiid with 22 points on 7 of 13 from the field including six rebounds, two steals, blocked four shots, and knocked down four from beyond the arc. Gerald Henderson recorded 11 points on 5 of 9 from the field, and stripped away two steals. Sergio Rodriguez logged seven points on 3 of 11 from the floor, gave out 11 assists, and picked up six rebounds. Ersan IIyasova dropped in 21 points on 8 of 13 from the field, snatched four rebounds, and sunk four three-pointers off the bench. Jahlil Okafor totaled 14 points on 7 of 11 from the field, nabbed five rebounds, and blocked three shots off the pine.

Hollis Thompson finished with eight points on 3 of 6 from the field off the bench. The 76ers shot a solid 46 percent from the field, and shot 36.8 percent on 14 of 38 from three-point range. The 76ers shot merely 58.3 percent on 7 of 12 from the free-throw line and they turned the ball over a lot with 17 turnovers. The 76ers had a chance to win this game as they had the ball down by one point with seven seconds left, but Gerald Henderson lost the ball and turned it over which equated to the 76ers losing this game.

The 76ers are off to a miserable 0-5 start to the season and they have had players injured at the start of the season. Ben Simmons is out while recovering from foot surgery, Nerleans Noel is out after having knee surgery, and Jerryd Bayless is out with a wrist injury. If the 76ers are healthy, they will start to have chance to win more games.