Monthly Archives: December 2016

Cleveland Cavaliers Squeeze Past Boston Celtics 124-118

The Cleveland Cavaliers pull off the win at home 124-118 against the Boston Celtics. Cavaliers improve to 24-7 and Celtics fall to 19-14 on the season. Kyrie Irving had a game high 32 points on 12 of 17 from the field, dished out 12 assists, grabbed five rebounds, and stripped away three steals. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 30 points on 10 of 22 from the field, picked up 15 rebounds, hit six three pointers, and stripped away two steals. LeBron James put in 23 points on 9 of 18 from the floor including eight rebounds, 11 assists, and blocked three shots. James played very sloppy in this game with eight turnovers.

LeBron James said, “I was pretty bad and it’s unacceptable and I can’t do that if I want to help our team get to where we want to get to. As a report card, I give myself an `F’ for tonight’s performance. I’ve got to be better.”

Tristan Thompson managed 11 points on 5 of 9 from the field, and pulled down nine rebounds. Richard Jefferson added 11 points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the floor, and collected three rebounds off the bench in 19 minutes. DeAndre Liggins dropped in eight points on 2 of 5 from the field. The Cavaliers shot a solid 51.8 percent from the field, and shot 36.8 percent on 14 of 38 from three-point range. The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Celtics 46 to 29.

James, Irving, and Love scored a combined 95 of the teams 124 total points. The Cavaliers are a really tough team to beat when their big three each score 20 or more points in a game. The Cavaliers played sloppy with 18 turnovers. The Cavaliers were up by as many as 20 points in the second half, but the Celtics came roaring back and it ended up only being a one point game under one minute remaining in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers just started playing lethargic on defense and they were not getting stops and that was how they let the Celtics come back in the game. Cavaliers will play on the road against the Charlotte Hornets tonight.

For the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas led the way with 31 points on 8 of 13 from the field, and gave out nine assists. Avery Bradley totaled 23 points on 10 of 21 from the floor, stripped away four steals, and sunk three triples. Jae Crowder finished with 23 points on 5 of 9 from the field to go along with four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Jonas Jerebko contributed 12 points on 4 of 7 from the field, and snatched seven rebounds off the bench. Tyler Zeller notched eight points in 10 minutes off the pine. Gerald Green scored eight points on 3 of 6 from the field off the bench.

Marcus Smart added nine points on 3 of 7 from the floor, and handed out five assists off the pine. The Celtics bench out-scored the Cavaliers bench 45 to 20, but it was not enough for the Celtics to win this game. The Celtics bench was the big reason why the Celtics came back in the second half. The Celtics had a good chance to win this game, but they just didn’t get stops on defense when they needed to. Celtics shot an excellent 50.6 percent from the field, and shot 32.4 percent on 12 of 37 from three-point distance. The Celtics had the ball down 120-118 with 21 seconds remaining in the game, but Jae Crowder missed an open three-point shot with eight seconds left and the Celtics would have had a one point lead if he had made that shot.

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Kyrie Irving’s Game Winning Shot Lifts Cavs Past Warriors 109-108

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home upset the Golden State Warriors on Christmas day 109-108. Cavaliers improve to 23-6 and Warriors fall to 27-5 on the season. This was the first time these teams met since game 7 of the NBA Finals last year. This turned out to be a great game in a finals rematch on Christmas day and a game that the fans had all been waiting for. LeBron James led the way for the Cavs with 31 points on 12 of 22 from the field to go along with 13 rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

Kyrie Irving posted a double-double with 25 points on 11 of 27 from the field, dished out 10 assists, grabbed six rebounds, and stripped away seven steals. The Cavaliers had the ball down one with 13 seconds left in the game, and Irving made a tough fade away jump shot over Klay Thompson to give the Cavs a 109-108 lead, and the Cavaliers went on to win the game by one point. Irving once again made a big shot against the Warriors. Kevin Love put in 20 points on 5 of 13 from the floor, picked up six rebounds, gave out three assists, and buried three triples. Tristan Thompson racked up eight points, and pulled down eight rebounds. Channing Frye added 10 points on 4 of 7 from the field in 17 minutes off the bench.

Richard Jefferson contributed eight points on merely 2 of 11 from the field off the pine. Jefferson had two ferocious dunks in the fourth quarter. Iman Shumpert scored seven points on just 1 of 9 from the field, and snatched five rebounds. The Cavaliers shot merely 39 percent from the field, and shot 34.3 percent on 13 of 25 from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers did not shoot the ball well, but they competed well on the defensive end, forced a lot of turnovers, kept fighting and never gave up. The Cavaliers were losing by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter, and they were able to come back and win this game.

Irving scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and he took over the game. This was the biggest win of the season for the Cavaliers against the best team in the league in the Golden State Warriors. This was a very intense game on Christmas day, and it really came down to the last-minute, and the crowd was very into it. This was the kind of game everyone wanted to see in a Finals rematch. Meanwhile, J.R. Smith did not play in this game while recovering from thumb surgery. The Cavaliers will play again tonight on the road against the Detroit Pistons.

For the Warriors, Kevin Durant had a game high 36 points on 11 of 23 from the floor, plucked 15 rebounds, and handed out three assists. Durant had a monstrous dunk over Kevin Love, but then Love had a nice outlet pass to LeBron, and James slammed it home. Klay Thompson poured in 24 points on 9 of 16 from the field, and knocked down five three-pointers. Draymond Green managed 16 points on 7 of 9 from the field including four rebounds, and four assists. Stephen Curry had a quiet game with 15 points on 4 of 11 from the floor, dished out three assists, and stripped away three steals.

David West dumped in five points, and gave out five assists off the bench. The Warriors shot a solid 48 percent from the field, but shot only 30 percent on 9 of 30 from three-point range. The Warriors shot the ball well from the field, but they turned the ball over too much with 19 turnovers, and did not make many three-pointers in this game. The Warriors should have closed out the game better as they blew a 14 point lead in the fourth quarter. This was a great opportunity for the Warriors to beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland after the Warriors lost to the Cavaliers in the NBA finals last season, but the Warriors once again lose to the Cavaliers for the fourth straight time.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said, “Thats a really hard shot,” Kerr said when asked about Irving’s shot over Klay Thompson. “I thought Klay played tremendous defense. You don’t do anything different.” 

Cleveland Cavaliers Bulldozed Brooklyn Nets 119-99

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home thrashed the Brooklyn Nets 119-99. Cavaliers improve to 22-6 and Nets fall to 7-22 on the season. LeBron James led all scorers with 19 points on 7 of 16 from the field including five rebounds, six assists, and three steals in 27 minutes. Tristan Thompson posted a double-double with 16 points on 7 of 8 from the field, and grabbed 11 rebounds. Kevin Love put up a double-double with 14 points on merely 4 of 14 from the floor, and collected 15 rebounds in 25 minutes.

Kyrie Irving dropped in 13 points on 5 of 11 from the field, dished out 10 assists, caught five rebounds, and stripped away six steals. Channing Frye managed 12 points on 5 of 9 from the field, and pulled down six rebounds off the bench. Mike Dunleavy added 14 points on 6 of 9 from the floor, and snatched four rebounds off the pine. Rookie Kay Felder contributed 11 points on 4 of 7 from the field, and gave out three assists off the bench. The Cavaliers shot 45.5 percent from the field, and shot an awful 23 percent on 8 of 35 from three-point range.

The Cavaliers did shoot a solid 87.5 percent on 21 of 24 from the foul line. The Cavaliers did play good defense for most of the game, and they allowed the Nets to only score a total of 99 points. The Cavaliers were leading 98-57 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Nets out-scored the Cavaliers 42-21 in the fourth quarter alone. The Nets did come back later in the game, but it was too big of a deficit to overcome, and it was during garbage time.

The Cavaliers out-scored the Nets in the paint 60 to 48. Meanwhile, J.R. Smith did not play in this game after having thumb surgery. The Cavaliers next game will host the Golden State Warriors on Christmas day which will be the biggest game of the season for both teams and will be a very anticipating Finals rematch.

“We’re going against a great team.” James said. “They’re a well-oiled machine.”

For the Nets, Brook Lopez led the way with 16 points on 7 of 11 from the field, and blocked two shots in 22 minutes. Sean Kilpatrick scored 12 points on 4 of 10 from the floor to go along with five rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Jeremy Lin put in 10 points on 5 of 10 from the field, and handed out six assists. Spencer Dinwiddie accrued 13 points on 6 of 7 from the floor, and dished out three assists off the bench. Former Cavalier Anthony Bennett compiled 11 points on 4 of 8 from the field off the pine.

Caris LaVert logged nine points on merely 2 of 7 from the field, and accumulated seven rebounds off the bench. Luis Scola pitched in eight points, and snatched five rebounds off the pine. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with eight points on 3 of 6 from the floor off the bench. Justin Hamilton racked up eight points on just 3 of 8 from the field, and plucked six rebounds.

The Nets shot 44.7 percent from the field, and shot merely 26.7 percent on 8 of 30 from three-point distance. The Nets were never in a good rhythm throughout the game. The Nets were losing by as many as 45 points in this game. The Nets have played bad on the road this season as their record is now 1-14 on the road. Meanwhile, Trevor Booker did not play for rest purposes, and Isaiah Whitehead was out with a foot injury.

Cleveland Cavaliers Take Down Milwaukee Bucks 113-102

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home take charge in the second half to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-102. Cavaliers improve to 21-6 and Bucks fall to 13-14 on the season. Kyrie Irving chipped in a double-double with 31 points on 11 of 17 from the field, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out a career high 13 assists. LeBron James accrued 29 points on 12 of 24 from the field, plucked nine rebounds, gave out six assists, and drained four three-pointers. James and Irving started to take over the game in the second half and the Bucks had no answer for them.

Richard Jefferson put in 10 points on 4 of 8 from the floor, and handed out four assists. Jefferson got ejected in the fourth quarter when he was arguing with the refs after he was called for a personal foul and a technical foul for throwing down Bucks forward Thon Maker to the floor. Tristan Thompson only scored two points on merely 2 of 6 from the field, but pulled down 15 rebounds, and blocked four shots. Channing Frye added 10 points on 4 of 8 from the field off the bench. Iman Shumpert managed 10 points on 3 of 7 from the floor, dished out four assists, and hit three from outside the arc off the pine. The Cavaliers shot a solid 49.4 percent from the field, and shot an incredible 55.6 percent on 15 of 27 from three-point range.

The Cavaliers moved the ball well, and executed really well offensively. The Cavaliers have now won eight of their last nine games. They responded well the last two games with two nice wins against the Bucks after the Cavs had got blown out to the Bucks earlier this season. Meanwhile, Kevin Love did not play in this game with a knee injury, and J.R. Smith also did not play with a thumb injury. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, J.R. Smith underwent surgery on Friday to repair his fractured right thumb, and is expected to miss 12-14 weeks. The Cavaliers will play against the Brooklyn Nets at home tonight.

For the Bucks, Jabari Parker posted 27 points on 11 of 20 from the field, and made four three-pointers. Giannis Antetokounmpo totaled 28 points on 7 of 13 from the field including five rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Giannis scored 13 of his 28 points from the free throw line. Rookie Malcolm Brogdon contributed 11 points on 4 of 7 from the field to go along with five rebounds, seven assists, and three steals off the bench. Greg Monroe tallied eight points, and picked up seven rebounds off the pine.

Rashad Vaughn recorded eight points on 3 of 7 from the floor off the bench. John Henson racked up four points on merely 2 of 7 from the field, gathered eight rebounds, and blocked two shots. The Bucks shot 46.8 percent from the field, and shot 41 percent on 9 of 22 from three-point distance. The Bucks were only trailing by five points at halftime, but then the Cavaliers out-scored the Bucks 33 to 23 in the whole third quarter, and that was when the game got away from the Bucks.

The Bucks never had a chance to come back in the fourth quarter. Parker and Antetokounmpo have caused problems for the Cavs when the Bucks have played the Cavs this season. Michael Beasley is still out for the Bucks with a foot injury, and Khris Middletown was out with a hamstring injury. Matthew Dellavedova received his NBA championship ring before tip-off.

Bucks head coach Jason Kidd said, “They’re the Champs. They showed that again tonight. They never panic. They’ve seen everything. For a young team like ourselves, we’re going through that. Hopefully, we can learn from our mistakes.”

LeBron James Clutch Three Pointer Lifts Cavs Past Bucks In Overtime 114-108

The Cleveland Cavaliers on the road hang on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime 114-108. Cavaliers improve to 20-6 and Bucks fall to 13-13 on the season. LeBron James led all scorers with 34 points on 12 of 25 from the field including 12 rebounds, seven assists, and made five three-pointers in 47 minutes. The Cavaliers were down by one with 28 seconds remaining in overtime, and LeBron hit a big three pointer in overtime to give the Cavs a two point lead. Kyrie Irving put in 28 points on 8 of 23 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, dished out five assists, and knocked down three from downtown.

Tristan Thompson posted a double-double with 10 points on 4 of 7 from the floor, collected 12 rebounds, and blocked one shot. Channing Frye added 15 points on 5 of 11 from the field, and hit three triples off the bench. Richard Jefferson scored eight points on merely 2 of 7 from the field. Jefferson made three clutch free throws in overtime. Iman Shumpert contributed six points on 2 of 8 from the field, picked up four rebounds, and had one steal.

The Cavaliers shot merely 40.7 percent from the field, but they did shoot 42.5 percent on 17 of 40 from three-point territory. The Cavaliers shot a solid 85 percent on 23 of 27 from the foul line. This was a big win for the Cavs on the road, and the crowd got really into it. The Cavs made shots when they needed to win this game. This game really came down to the last possession for both teams to win.

The Cavaliers were up by as many as 18 points in the first half, but the Bucks were able to come back and send the game to overtime. The Cavaliers were also leading 100-93 under two minutes left, but then they Bucks went on a 7-0 run. Meanwhile, J.R. Smith left the game with a thumb injury. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, J.R. will need surgery on his thumb, and will miss an extended period of time. Kevin Love did not play for the Cavs with a knee injury.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said, “Jabari took advantage of some of our smaller guys when we had them on him, getting to the basket, kind of being physical, so we’ve got to do a better job with that matchup.”

For the Bucks, Jabari Parker led the way with 30 points on 13 of 25 from the field, snatched nine rebounds, and gave out three assists in 46 minutes. Giannis Antetokounmpko recorded a double-double with 25 points on 5 of 13 from the field to go along with 13 rebounds, two steals, and three blocks. John Henson put up 14 points on 5 of 7 from the floor, pulled down eight rebounds, and stripped away two steals. Tony Snell notched eight points on 3 of 7 from the field, gathered six rebounds, handed out four assists, and blocked two shots. Snell hit a big three pointer with 47 seconds remaining in the game to make it a two point game.

Mirza Teletovic dropped in nine points on 4 of 9 from the field, and snagged five rebounds off the bench. Malcolm Brogdon registered six points on 3 of 5 from the floor, and dished out five assists off the pine. Brogdon had one impressive reverse dunk over LeBron James in this game. The Bucks shot a respectable 46 percent from the field, but shot only 26 percent on 7 of 27 from three-point distance.

The Bucks out-scored the Cavaliers in the paint 54 to 28, but the Cavaliers made 10 more three-pointers than the Bucks did. The Bucks had a good chance to win this game and sent the game into overtime, but they missed a couple huge free throws, and they came up just short of winning the game. Michael Beasley was out this game for the Bucks with a foot injury. The Bucks again will play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland tonight.


Cleveland Cavaliers Top Los Angeles Lakers 119-108

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home down the Los Angeles Lakers 119-108. Cavs improve to 19-6 and Lakers fall to 11-19 on the season. Kevin Love had a team high with 27 points on 11 of 20 from the field including 17 rebounds, four assists, and nailed three triples. Love is off to a great start for the Cavs this season, and is playing with a lot more confidence, and playing more aggressive. LeBron James put in 26 points on 9 of 18 from the floor, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out nine assists, stripped away two steals, and blocked two shots.

Kyrie Irving posted a double-double with 21 points on 8 of 17 from the field, plucked six rebounds, gave out 12 assists, and stripped away three steals. J.R. Smith dropped in 14 points on 5 of 8 from the field, and buried four three-pointers. Channing Frye added eight points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the field in 14 minutes off the bench. Richard Jefferson scored nine points on 4 of 7 from the floor off the pine. Iman Shumpert poured in eight points on merely 3 of 9 from the field, and picked up four rebounds off the bench.

The Cavaliers shot an outstanding 51.7 percent from the field, and shot 45.5 percent on 15 of 33 from three-point range. The Cavaliers moved the ball, and executed very well on offense. The Cavaliers did allow the Lakers to score 108 points, and the Lakers made a lot of open three pointers. The Cavaliers out-scored the Lakers in the paint 50 to 30.

James, Irving, and Love each scored 20 or more points in this game, and the Cavaliers record is 13-1 when that occurs. The Cavaliers have now won six of their last seven games. Meanwhile, Chris Andersen did not play for the Cavs with a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. The Cavaliers will head to Milwaukee to play against the Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow.

For the Lakers, Nick Young had a season high 32 points on 12 of 19 from the field, made eight three-pointers, and handed out three assists. Julius Randle finished with 16 points on 8 of 15 from the field to go along with four rebounds, and seven assists. Luol Deng supplied 15 points on 6 of 11 from the floor, picked up eight rebounds, and drained three from deep. Jordan Clarkson contributed 20 points on 7 of 12 from the field, and snatched five rebounds off the pine. Brandon Ingram pitched in nine points on 4 of 10 from the field, pulled down 10 rebounds, and dished out nine assists.

Lou Williams logged 12 points on merely 2 of 10 from the floor, and gave out four assists off the bench. The Lakers shot 47.7 percent from the field, and shot 43.2 percent on 16 of 37 from beyond the arc. The Lakers did shoot the ball very well and scored 108 points, but they gave up 119 points on defense which is hard to win a game giving up that many points. The Lakers did keep this game close throughout the game, and they were only down by three points with under four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The Lakers have now lost nine of their last 10 games.

Meanwhile, D’Angelo Russell did not play in this game for rest purposes. Timofey Mozgov received his Cleveland Cavaliers championship ring before the game.

Timofey Mozgov said, “I was really proud to be with this team, it was everything I could ask for. It was a happy memory and I was excited all night.”

Cleveland Cavaliers Crushed Memphis Grizzlies 103-86

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home demolished the Memphis Grizzlies 103-86. Cavs improve to 18-5 and Grizzlies fall to 17-9 on the season. Kevin Love had a game high 29 points on 9 of 17 from the field including 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and drained three triples. LeBron James put in 23 points on 9 of 17 from the field, grabbed six rebounds, dished out eight assists, and stripped away three steals. J.R. Smith dropped in 23 points on 8 of 17 from the floor, plucked five rebounds, and hit six three-pointers.

Tristan Thompson racked up six points on 3 of 6 from the field, and pulled down seven rebounds. Channing Frye added eight points on 2 of 6 from the field off the bench. Iman Shumpert scored five points on 2 of 5 from the floor and blocked one shot off the pine. The Cavaliers shot 45.7 percent from the field, and shot 38.7 percent on 12 of 31 from three-point distance. The Cavaliers did play sloppy with 17 turnovers, but they did execute well on offense for most of the game. The Cavaliers have now won five games in a row.

The Cavaliers did get stops on defense and they allowed the Grizzlies to score a total of only 86 points. The Cavaliers were winning by double digits for most of the game and they never let the Grizzlies come back in the second half. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving did not play in this game for rest purposes. The Cavaliers do play again tonight on the road against the Memphis Grizzlies but Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said that James, Irving, and Love will not travel with the team for that game.

For the Grizzlies, Zach Randolph led the way with 18 points on 9 of 15 from the field, nabbed five rebounds, and stripped away two steals. Rookie Troy Williams poured in 13 points on 6 of 16 from the field, and picked up six rebounds. Andrew Harrison finished with 13 points on merely 4 of 11 from the floor to go along with four assists, and blocked three shots. Tony Allen pitched in eight points on 4 of 9 from the field, and stripped away three steals. Jarell Martin logged eight points on 3 of 4 from the field, and gathered 10 rebounds off the bench.

Rookie Deyonta Davis contributed six points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the floor, and accumulated four rebounds off the bench. Wade Baldwin IV added six points in four minutes off the pine. The Grizzlies shot merely 40.7 percent from the field, and shot a horrid 18.2 percent on 4 of 22 from beyond the arc. The Grizzlies just could not get anything going offensively, and they never really had a chance to win this game. No players scored 20 or more points for the Grizzlies in this game, and other than Zach Randolph, no one could score much for the Grizzlies.

Meanwhile, Mark Gasol did not play for rest purposes, and James Ennis did not play due to a right calf injury. Mike Conley will miss an extended period of time because of a back injury, and Chandler Parsons is still out with a knee injury. Despite the injuries, the Grizzlies have played well of late and have won six of their last seven games.

LeBron’s 44 Points Lifts Cavs Past Hornets 116-105

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home top the Charlotte Hornets 116-105. Cavaliers improve to 17-5 and the Hornets fall to 14-10 on the season. LeBron James led the way with 44 points on 17 of 24 from the field to go along with nine rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, and knocked down five three-pointers. LeBron took over this game in the second half and the Hornets could not stop him. Kevin Love put in 22 points on 7 of 12 from the field, grabbed six rebounds, and stripped away three steals.

Tristan Thompson recorded a double-double with 13 points on a perfect 5 of 5 from the floor, and plucked 12 rebounds. Kyrie Irving dumped in 11 points on merely 4 of 13 from the field, picked up four rebounds, and dished out five assists. Iman Shumpert added 16 points on 5 of 8 from the field, pulled down five rebounds, and buried four three-pointers. The Cavaliers shot an excellent 57.5 percent from the field, and shot 42 percent on 13 of 31 from three-point range. The Cavaliers did play sloppy with 17 turnovers, but they shot very well from the field.

The Cavaliers had a 67-52 lead at halftime, but the Hornets went on a 18 to 6 run and came back in the second half. LeBron started to take over this game once the Hornets came back in the second half, and the Hornets just had no chance to win this game because they had no answer for LeBron. The Cavaliers did not play good defense and allowed the Hornets to score 105 points, but the Cavaliers shot so well in this game, and teams usually don’t lose games when they shoot 57 percent from the field. The Cavaliers have now won four straight after losing three games in a row. The Cavaliers will host the Memphis Grizzlies tonight. Meanwhile, Channing Frye is still currently away from the team because of personal reasons.

LeBron James said, “A lot of guys had heavy legs tonight and it was up to me to get through it.”

For the Hornets, Kemba Walker had a team-high 24 points on 9 of 14 from the field, gave out five assists, and drained three from downtown. Cody Zeller put up 17 points on 7 of 8 from the field including nine rebounds, and two steals. Marvin Williams pitched in 11 points on 5 of 13 from the floor, and collected five rebounds. Nicolas Batum managed nine points on merely 4 of 12 from the field, snatched six rebounds, and handed out four assists. Marco Belinelli contributed 15 points on 6 of 11 from the field off the bench.

Jeremy Lamb totaled 10 points on 3 of 7 from the field, and caught five rebounds off the pine. The Hornets shot a respectable 45.3 percent from the field, and shot 37 percent on 10 of 27 from three-point distance. The Hornets just could not get enough stops on defense as they gave up 116 points which is hard to win games giving up that many points. The Hornets in fact did not block one shot in the entire game. The Hornets did not go away and did come back in the second half, but they just did not get stops when they needed to.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers Run Past Miami Heat 114-84

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home demolished the Miami Heat 114-84. Cavaliers improve to 16-5 and the Heat fall to 7-16 on the season. Kevin Love had a game high 28 points on 11 of 18 from the field, grabbed 15 rebounds, dished out three assists, and sunk three triples. LeBron James put in 27 points on 12 of 22 from the floor, plucked eight rebounds, gave out eight assists, and stripped away three steals. Kyrie Irving finished with 23 points on 9 of 15 from the field, and handed out three assists.

DeAndre Liggins scored five points on 2 of 3 from the field, and blocked three shots. Iman Shumpert added 10 points on 4 of 8 from the field, and picked up four rebounds off the bench. Rookie Kay Felder supplied six points on 3 of 4 from the field in four minutes off the pine. Chris Andersen put up four points, snagged four rebounds, and blocked two shots off the bench. The Cavaliers shot an incredible 55.4 percent from the field, and shot 37.5 percent on 9 of 24 from three-point distance.

The Cavaliers did not settle for the three-point shot as much, and they shot the ball more efficient in this game. The big three as of James, Irving, and Love scored a combined 78 points in this game. The Cavaliers shot the ball extremely well, but their defense was also very impressive and they held the Heat to score only 84 points on 34.8 percent shooting from the field. The Cavaliers have now won three straight games after they had lost three games in a row. Meanwhile, J.R. Smith is still out with a knee injury, and Channing Frye did not play in this game because of personal reason. The Cavaliers will play again tonight at the Q and play against the Charlotte Hornets.

LeBron James said about Kevin Love, “It’s the Kevin Love of old. He’s going out and playing his game right now.”

For the Heat, Derrick Williams led the way with 17 points on 6 of 10 from the field, and stripped away two steals off the bench. Goran Dragic scored 15 points on merely 4 of 11 from the field, and handed out four assists. Tyler Johnson contributed 17 points on just 5 of 17 from the field including five rebounds, and two steals off the pine. Hassan Whiteside managed 8 eight on 4 of 10 from the floor, and collected 12 rebounds. Willie Reed posted a double-double with 10 points on merely 2 of 7 from the field, pulled down 11 rebounds, and blocked one shot off the bench.

Wayne Ellington logged 10 points on just 4 of 12 from the field. The Heat shot a horrid 34.8 percent from the field, and shot 22.2 percent on 6 of 27 from three-point range. The Heat couldn’t get into a rhythm offensively, but they also could not get stops on defense, and the Cavs were on fire in this game. The Heat got blown out by 30 points, and they were losing by double-double in the entire second half.

The Heat have now lost four games in a row. The Heat do have a lot of players missing as Josh Richardson, Justice Winslow, Dion Waiters, James Johnson, and Luke Babbit are all still out with injuries. The Heat will look to end their losing streak tonight on the road against the Chicago Bulls

Cleveland Cavaliers Decimate New York Knicks 126-94

The Cleveland Cavaliers on the road blow out the New York Knicks 126-95. Cavs improve to 15-5, and Knicks fall to 12-10 on the season. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 28 points on 9 of 17 from the field, dished out six assists, and knocked down four three pointers. LeBron James poured in 25 points on 7 of 10 from the field including six rebounds, seven assists, and blocked two shots. Kevin Love put in 21 points on 6 of 16 from the floor, grabbed four rebounds, stripped away two steals, and nailed four from beyond the arc in 27 minutes. Love had a nice outlet pass to LeBron and LeBron had a boisterous dunk in transition.

Tristan Thompson only scored three pointers, but he did the dirty work with 20 rebounds, and stripped away two steals. Iman Shumpert added 14 points to go along with six rebounds, two steals, and hit four three-pointers off the bench. James Jones contributed nine points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the field in eight minutes off the bench. Channing Frye tallied six points on 2 of 4 from the floor off the pine. The Cavaliers shot 48.8 percent from the field, and shot an exceptional 55 percent on 22 of 40 from three-point distance.

The Cavaliers made a season high and franchise record 22 three pointers in this game. The Cavaliers scored a lot of points in this game, and made a lot of shots, but they won this game because they played much better on defense. The Cavaliers held the Knicks to score only 94 points, and the Cavaliers just played with more effort, and played more physical in this game. The Cavaliers shut down Carmelo Anthony and he only scored eight points in this game. The Cavaliers will host the Miami Heat tonight. Meanwhile, J.R. Smith did not play in this game with a knee injury.

Kyrie Irving said, “We’re going to go through skids, we’re not the perfect team, but we also know what we have as a team when we collectively come together and it’s a beautiful thing.”

For the Knicks, Brandon Jennings led the way with 16 points on 6 of 14 from the field, snatched four rebounds, and handed out three assists. Courtney Lee totaled 15 points on 5 of 10 from the field, gave out five assists, and made three triples. Kyle O’Quinn logged 10 points on 5 of 7 from the field, picked up seven rebounds, and dished out three assists off the bench. Willy Hernangomez pitched in nine points, and gathered seven rebounds off the pine. Kristaps Porzingis concluded with 12 points on merely 5 of 15 from the floor, and blocked two shots. 

The Knicks shot just 40.2 percent from the field, and shot 35.5 percent on 11 of 31 from three-point territory. The Knicks also played sloppy with 16 turnovers. The Knicks on their home floor got destroyed by the Cavaliers, and they just could not compete with the Cavaliers at all. The Knicks on defense gave up 126 points, and that is just unacceptable. Meanwhile, Derrick Rose was not in the lineup for the Knicks with a back injury. The Knicks have still won four of their last five games and have a 12-10 record this season.