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Cleveland Cavaliers Throttle Oklahoma City Thunder 107-91

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home dismantled the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-91. Cavaliers improve to 32-15 and the Thunder fall to 28-20 on the season. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 29 points on 12 of 22 from the field, and dished out 10 assists. LeBron James chipped in a double-double with 25 points on 9 of 18 from the field, grabbed 14 rebounds, and gave out eight assists. Tristan Thompson posted a double-double with 19 points on 7 of 15 from the floor including 12 rebounds, four steals, and blocked four shots.

Iman Shumpert pitched in 16 points on 5 of 11 from the field, plucked three rebounds, and hit five three-pointers. Richard Jefferson added eight points on 4 of 5 from the floor, and picked up four rebounds off the bench. The Cavaliers shot 44.6 percent from the field, and shot merely 27.6 percent on 8 of 29 from three-point range. The Cavaliers did not shoot very well in this game, but they played great on defense. The Cavaliers allowed the Thunder to score only 91 points on 37 percent shooting from the field.

Meanwhile, Kevin Love did not play in the second half because of a back injury and did not return. The Cavaliers have now won two games in a row after they had lost six of their last eight games. Cavaliers have played much better and are now taking care of business and winning games. They closed out this game much better, and won by 16 points. If the Cavaliers play good defense like they did in this game, they are always a tough team to beat. The Cavaliers will play again tonight on the road against the Dallas Mavericks.

LeBron James said, “We just want to play good basketball and tonight we did that. It started with the defensive end.”

For the Thunder, Russell Westbrook put up a triple-double with 20 points on merely 7 of 26 from the field, gathered 12 rebounds, and handed out 10 assists. Westbrook did have a triple-double but he shot very poorly from the field. Victor Oladipo totaled 17 points on 6 of 18 from the floor to go along with seven rebounds and eight assists. Domantas Sabonis dropped in 12 points on 6 of 12 from the field, and nabbed five rebounds. Steven Adams notched seven points on 3 of 4 from the field, and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Joffrey Lauvergne poured in 13 points on 6 of 10 from the field, and snagged six rebounds off the bench. Jeramy Grant registered eight points on 3 of 8 from the floor, and caught four rebounds off the pine. Cameron Payne contributed eight points on just 3 of 11 from the field, accumulated four rebounds, and stripped away two steals. The Thunder shot a horrid 37 percent from the field, and shot 23.1 percent on 6 of 23 from beyond the arc. The Thunder also turned the ball over 16 times.

The Thunder just did not execute well offensively and they did not make open shots that they needed to make. The Thunder were losing by as many as 20 points in the second half. Meanwhile, Enes Kanter did not play after he just fractured his right forearm.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Break Three Game Losing Streak, Top Brooklyn Nets 124-116

The Cleveland Cavaliers get back on track with a 124-116 win at home against the Brooklyn Nets. Cavaliers improve to 31-14 and Nets fall to 9-37 on the season. LeBron James had a game high 31 points on 13 of 18 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out 11 assists. Kyrie Irving put in 28 points on 10 of 17 from the field including four rebounds, six assists, and blocked two shots. Irving took over the game in the second half and scored 20 of his 28 points in the third quarter.

Kevin Love posted a double-double with 13 points on 5 of 13 from the field, collected 14 rebounds, and made three triples in 28 minutes. Tristan Thompson recored a double-double with 10 points on a perfect 5 of 5 from the floor, and plucked 10 rebounds. Kyle Korver added 14 points on 5 of 11 from the field, and drained three from downtown off the bench. Kay Felder scored nine points on 4 of 7 from the floor in 17 minutes off the pine. Richard Jefferson contributed eight points on 3 of 6 from the field off the bench. Jefferson hit a three pointer at the buzzer to give the Cavs a 55-47 lead at halftime.

The Cavaliers shot a remarkable 53.3 percent from the field, and shot 36 percent on 13 of 36 from three-point range. The Cavaliers bounce back and get the win after they had lost three games in a row, and lost six of their last eight games coming into this game. The Cavaliers were playing a team with the worst record in the league, but the Cavs desperately needed to win after struggling of late. The Cavaliers shot merely 65 percent on 13 of 20 from the free throw line.

The Cavaliers have recently lost a couple close games because they were not able to make their free throws. The Cavaliers were up by as many as 23 points in the game, but the Nets did come back in the second half. The Cavaliers will play at home next game tomorrow and face off the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said, “Yeah, I feel better. It feels good to get a win anyway you can get it.”

For the Nets, Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 17 points on 7 of 13 from the field, and gave out three assists. Randy Foye managed 16 points on 6 of 12 from the field to go along with  eight rebounds, five assists, and buried four three-pointers. Justin Hamilton dropped in 12 points on 6 of 11 from the floor, and pulled down five rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie compiled 10 points on 3 of 5 from the field. Sean Kilpatrick totaled 18 points on 7 of 17 from the field, handed out three assists, and stripped away two steals off the bench.

Isaiah Whitehead accrued 16 points on 4 of 9 from the floor, and gave out three assists off the pine. Luis Scola put up eight points, snatched seven rebounds, dished out four assists, and stripped away two steals off the bench. The Nets bench out-scored the Cavs bench 53 to 36. The Nets shot 49.4 percent from the field, and shot a solid 48.5 percent on 16 of 33 from three-point territory.

The Nets for this game were without Brook Lopez for rest purposes, Caris LeVert for rest purposes, Jeremy Lin with a hamstring injury, Trevor Booker with an illness, and Joe Harris with an ankle injury. A lot of players did step up well for the Nets in this game. The Nets have now lost 15 of their last 16 games.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trounced Phoenix Suns 118-103

The Cleveland Cavaliers blow out the Phoenix Suns 118-103. Cavaliers improve to 30-11 and Suns fall to 13-29 on the season. Kyrie Irving had a game high 26 points on 10 of 20 from the field, dished out four assists, and stripped away two steals. LeBron James recorded a double-double with 21 points on 8 of 12 from the field including nine rebounds, 15 assists, and blocked two shots. James was just one rebounds shy of a triple-double.

Iman Shumpert dropped in 17 points on 6 of 8 from the floor, and drained five three-pointers. James Jones put in 14 points on 6 of 8 from the field, and made four three-pointers in 20 minutes. Jones was in the starting lineup for the first time this season. Channing Frye posted a double-double with 18 points on 6 of 11 from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds, and buried four three-pointers off the bench. Kyle Korver added nine points on merely 3 of 10 from the field, picked up five rebounds, and stripped away two steals off the pine.

The Cavaliers shot 50.6 percent from the field, and shot 44.2 percent on 19 of 43 from three-point range. The Cavaliers were struggling offensively of late, but they played much better offensively in this game and scored a total of 118 points. The Cavaliers ball movement was very good and executed very well on offense. The Cavaliers bench out-scored the Suns bench 39 to 14.

Meanwhile, Kevin Love did not play in this game with a lower back injury. The Cavaliers get back on track with a win after getting blown out against the Golden State Warriors in Oracle Arena. The Cavaliers at home will face off the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.

Coming off our road trip we just weren’t playing Cavalier basketball,” said James, “and getting the ball popping from one side to the other. It was good to get back to the way we’ve been playing for most of the season.”

For the Suns, Tyson Chandler put up 22 points on 9 of 14 from the field, and collected 16 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe logged 22 points on just 7 of 21 from the floor to go along with six rebounds, nine assists, and four steals. Devin Booker supplied 21 points on 4 of 12 from the field, pulled down seven rebounds, and gave out eight assists. Rookie Marquese Chriss dumped in six points on 3 of 7 from the field, and gathered four rebounds. The Suns shot 43.5 percent from the field, and shot an awful 21 percent on 4 of 21 from beyond the arc.

Alex Len totaled four points in eight minutes off the bench. The Suns out-scored the Cavs in the paint 54 to 40, but the Cavaliers made 15 more three pointers than the Suns made. The Suns kept a lot of possession alive, but they did not shoot the ball very well. The Suns just couldn’t get stops on defense, and they never had a chance to win this game.

Cleveland Cavaliers Charge Past Sacramento Kings 120-108

The Cleveland Cavaliers win by double digits on the road against the Sacramento Kings 120-108. Cavaliers improve to 29-10 and Kings fall to 16-23 on the season. Kyrie Irving led the way for the Cavs with 26 points on 10 of 22 from the field, and dished out five assists. LeBron James posted a double-double with 16 points on 6 of 12 from the floor, gave out 15 assists, and blocked one shot. LeBron didn’t score much, but he looked to set up his teammates a lot in this game. Kevin Love chipped in a double-double with 15 points on 6 of 16 from the field, and a season high 18 rebounds.

Iman Shumpert put in 16 points on 6 of 9 from the field, made four three-pointers, and stripped away two steals. Tristan Thompson compiled nine points including four rebounds, two steals, and two blocked shots. Kyle Korver dropped in 18 points on 7 of 10 from the field, plucked five rebounds, stripped away two steals, and hit four three-pointers off the bench. Korver hit a couple big three-pointers in the fourth quarter. Channing Frye contributed 10 points on 3 of 7 from the field, and stripped away three steals off the pine. The Cavaliers moved the ball well, and executed much better on offense in this game.

Richard Jefferson managed eight points on 2 of 3 from the floor, and picked up three rebounds. The Cavaliers shot a solid 50.6 percent from the field, and shot 40.5 percent on 15 of 37 from three-point range. The Cavaliers get back on track with a win after losing their last two games on the road. The Cavaliers had a 61-43 lead at halftime, and were up by as many as 21 points in the second half, but the Kings cut the lead to only six points later in the second half. The Cavaliers in their next game will play on the road against the Golden State Warriors which will be another anticipating finals rematch.

“Personally it was good to have a game when you got some good looks just to feel good about going forward,” said Korver, “Not that I didn’t before. You just knew it was going to take some time. I’m excited.”

For the Kings, DeMarcus Cousins scored 26 points on 9 of 16 from the field to go along with eight rebounds, and 11 assists. Rudy Gay put up a double-double with 23 points on 8 of 14 from the field, pulled down 10 rebounds, and blocked four shots. Darren Collison concluded with 13 points on 5 of 10 from the floor, and handed out four assists. Ty Lawson tallied 17 points on 7 of 10 from the field, snatched four rebounds, and dished out four assists off the bench. Matt Barnes notched eight points on 4 of 8 from the field, and gathered five rebounds off the pine.

The Kings shot a fantastic 52.5 percent from the field, and shot 36 percent on 9 of 25 from three-point distance. The Kings played very sloppy and had 21 turnovers in this game. The Kings out-scored the Cavaliers in the paint 52 to 34. The Kings allowed the Cavaliers to score a total of 120 points and the Kings just can’t win this game giving up that many points on defense. The Kings did come back in the second half, but the Cavaliers answered and made a few big shots when they needed to.

Cleveland Cavaliers Fend Off Phoenix Suns 120-116

The Cleveland Cavaliers on the road win a close one, 120-116 against the Phoenix Suns. Cavaliers improve to 28-8 and Suns fall to 12-26 on the season. LeBron James led the way for the Cavs with 28 points on 11 of 17 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out four assists. James made a couple big three-pointers in the fourth quarter. Kyrie Irving put in 27 points on 10 of 20 from the field, gave out seven assists, and buried four three-pointers. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 25 points on 8 of 17 from the floor, collected 10 rebounds, and sunk three triples.

Tristan Thompson put up eight points on 2 of 4 from the field, and pulled down 10 rebounds. Iman Shumpert added 10 points on 4 of 7 from the field, and blocked two shots off the bench. Shumpert hit a big three-pointer under two minutes left in the fourth quarter to give the Cavaliers a seven point lead. Channing Frye notched 10 points on 4 of 8 from the floor, and plucked four rebounds. DeAndre Liggins contributed seven points on 3 of 4 from the field, stripped away four steals, and blocked two shots. The Cavaliers shot 53.7 percent from the field, and shot a solid 44 percent on 15 of 34 from three-point range.

The Cavaliers big three as of James, Irving, and Love each scored 25 or more points in this game. The Cavaliers played too sloppy in this game with 20 turnovers which led to the Suns scoring easily in transition. The Cavaliers were up 69 to 53 at halftime, but then the Suns went on a 35 to 19 run and the game was tied in the second half.

The Cavaliers played a tremendous game offensively, but they did not play good defense and they let the Suns come back in this game because they had a hard time getting stops. The Cavaliers were still able to pull off the win on the road, and made shots when they needed to. According to ESPN, Kyle Korver is in Phoenix with the Cavs, but is unable to play because Dunleavy’s physical hasn’t been completed.

LeBron James said, “We made enough plays down the stretch to win, we played good ball except for the third quarter. We allowed them to get out in transition and them being young and athletic they took advantage of it.”

For the Suns, Eric Bledsoe led all scorers with 31 points on 12 of 18 from the field including eight assists, two steals, and knocked down four from beyond the arc. Trevor Booker pitched in 28 points on 12 of 24 from the field to go along with five rebounds, four assists, and two steals. TJ Warren poured in 15 points on 7 of 9 from the floor, and stripped away three steals. Tyson Chandler recorded a double-double with 10 points on 4 of 7 from the field, and gathered 15 rebounds. Rookie Marquese Chriss scored 12 points on merely 4 of 11 from the field, handed out four assists, and blocked three shots.

P.J. Tucker tallied 10 points on 4 of 6 from the floor, snatched four rebounds, and stripped away two steals. The Suns shot an excellent 53 percent from the field, but shot just 33.3 percent on 9 of 27 from three-point distance. The Suns fought their way back into this game in the second half, but they fell short of winning this game. The Suns just gave up way too many points, and didn’t get enough on defense to win the game.

Eric Bledsoe said “I’m mad we lost but at the same time this is one of those games that was I guess a good loss, we competed with one of the top teams in the league. To be down like that and come back says a lot. We’ve just got to start playing like this night in and night out.”

Cleveland Cavaliers Topple Brooklyn Nets 116-108

The Cleveland Cavaliers on the road down the Brooklyn Nets 116-108. Cavaliers improve to 27-8 and Nets fall to 8-27 on the season. LeBron James led all scorers with 36 points on 14 of 20 from the field, to go along with nine rebounds, six assists, and two steals. Kyrie Irving scored 32 points on 10 of 26 from the field, dished out four assists, and stripped away two steals. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 17 points on merely 5 of 16 from the field, grabbed 13 rebounds, and drained four three-pointers.

Tristan Thompson racked up 10 points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the floor, pulled down nine rebounds, stripped away three steals, and blocked two shots. Iman Shumpert added eight points on 2 of 3 from the field off the bench. The Cavaliers shot 43.2 percent from the field, and shot merely 27.3 percent on 9 of 33 from three-point range. The Cavaliers out-scored the Nets in the paint 54 to 38. The Cavaliers were up by as many as 24 points in the second half, but then the Nets went on a 25 to 7 run, and the Nets cut the lead to only six points.

The Cavaliers weren’t getting stops and started playing lethargic on defense and that was how the Nets came back. The Cavaliers in the first half were missing a lot of shots and missed a lot of free throws, but they were still leading by 11 points at halftime because they were getting stops on defense. The Cavaliers get back on track with a win after losing their last game at home to the Chicago Bulls. Meanwhile, Kyle Korver did not play in this game for the Cavs as the Cavaliers and Hawks did not finalize the trade to send Korver to the Cavs before game-time. The Cavaliers will play on the road against the Phoenix Suns tonight.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said about Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, “I thought they were rusty but we did a good job of working them back in and they were able to finish the game.”

For the Nets, Bojan Bogdanovic had a team high 23 points on 9 of 14 from the field, gave out four assists, and hit five three-pointers. Brook Lopez dropped in 17 points on 5 of 10 from the floor. Trevor Booker chipped in a double-double with 13 points on 6 of 9 from the field including 12 rebounds, and four assists. Caris LeVert contributed 19 points on 7 of 12 from the field, picked up four rebounds, and handed out five assists off the bench. Isaiah Whitehead put up a double-double with 10 points on 4 of 10 from the floor, snatched 10 rebounds, and dished out three assists off the pine.

Spencer Dinwiddie totaled seven points on 2 of 3 from the field, and plucked five rebounds. Justin Hamilton totaled nine points, and snagged six rebounds off the pine. The Nets shot a respectable 45 percent from the field, but shot just 30 percent on 9 of 30 from three-point distance. The Nets have now lost five games in a row. The Nets did not give up and did a good job coming back in this game, but they just didn’t play good enough on defense to win this game. Meanwhile, Jeremy Lin did not play this game for the Nets with a hamstring injury.

Cleveland Cavaliers Knocked Off New Orleans Pelicans 90-82

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home beat the New Orleans Pelicans 90-82. Cavaliers improve to 26-7 and Pelicans fall to 14-22 on the season. LeBron James had a game high 26 points on 9 of 21 from the field including seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and dished out three assists, but Love shot a horrid 5 of 19 from the field. Love left the game in fourth quarter because of food poisoning and did not return.

Channing Frye added 14 points on 5 of 9 from the floor, grabbed six rebounds, blocked two shots, and nailed six three-pointers off the pine. Richard Jefferson chipped in a
double-double with 12 points on 4 of 9 from the field, and pulled down 12 rebounds off the bench. Jefferson made his 1,000 career three pointer in this game. Rookie Kay Felder contributed 12 points on 6 of 11 from the field off the pine. Cavaliers shot 37.8 percent from the field, and shot an awful 19.4 percent on 6 of 31 from three-point territory. The Cavaliers bench out-scored the Pelicans bench 44 to 19.

The Cavaliers had a hard time making shots, but they got stops when they needed to win this game. The Cavaliers held the Pelicans to score only 82 points total, and The Pelicans scored just 13 points in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Pelicans 56 to 45, and they out-scored the Pelicans in the paint 40 to 26. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving is still out with a hamstring injury, and Mike Dunleavy did not play with an ankle injury. The Cavaliers only had 10 players dressed for this game. The Cavaliers will play at home again tomorrow and face off the Chicago Bulls.

LeBron James said, “As ugly as it was tonight, you have to find a way to get through it.”

For the Pelicans, Anthony Davis put up a double-double with 20 points on 10 of 27 from the field, picked up 17 rebounds, and blocked three shots. Rookie Buddy Hield poured in 20 points on 6 of 13 from the floor to go along with five rebounds, and knocked down four three-pointers. Jrue Holiday managed 11 points on merely 4 of 11 from the field, gave out 13 assists, gathered four rebounds, and stripped away three steals. Donte Cunningham put in six points on 3 of 5 from the field, and collected five rebounds. E’Twaun Moore scored six points on 2 of 5 from the floor, and snatched four rebounds off the bench.

Terrence Jones accrued six points, and plucked three rebounds off the pine. The Pelicans shot a horrible 36.4 percent from the field, and shot 42.3 percent on 11 of 26 from three-point distance. The Pelicans just did not execute well enough on offense to win this game. The Pelicans were leading by two points heading into the fourth quarter, but they got out-scored 23 to 13 in the fourth quarter, and they ended up losing the game by eight points. The Pelicans have won four of their last five games despite losing this game.

Cleveland Cavaliers Put Away Charlotte Hornets 121-109

The Cleveland Cavaliers thump the Charlotte Hornets 121-109. Cavaliers improve to 25-7, and Hornets fall to 19-15 on the season. LeBron James put in 32 points on 12 of 25 from the field including six rebounds, nine assists, and made four three-pointers. Kevin Love recorded a double-double with 28 points on 8 of 20 from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds, and buried four three-pointers. Tristan Thompson logged 11 points on 4 of 5 from the floor, and collected six rebounds.

Kay Felder added 13 points on 5 of 6 from the field, and stripped away two steals off the bench. Jordan McRae had a season high 20 points on 8 of 12 from the field, and picked up four rebounds. The Cavaliers shot a solid 50.6 percent from the field, and shot 45.2 percent on 14 of 31 from three-point range. Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith did not play in this game, but other guys stepped up well for the Cavaliers. Jordan McRae and Kay Felder contributed very well and was the big reason why the Cavaliers won this game.

The Cavaliers scored a total of 121 points, and it was because the whole team contributed and not just LeBron James or Kevin Love. This was a very impressive win for the Cavaliers on the road despite being shorthanded. The Cavaliers also limited their turnovers to only six in this game. Cavaliers will host the New Orleans Pelicans tonight. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving did not play in this game due to hamstring soreness.

“It was great shooting, good ball movement, taking open shots,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “Guys were open, and we found open guys. Kevin did a great job of setting the tone with that 3-point shooting early, and we just continued from there.”

For the Hornets, Kemba Walker led all scorers with 37 points on 13 of 22 from the field, to go along with five rebounds, five assists, and hit three triples. Nicolas Batum scored 13 points on 5 of 11 from the floor, snatched six rebounds, gave out eight assists, and blocked two shots. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist pitched in 12 points on 5 of 8 from the field, and pulled down eight rebounds. Marvin Williams registered 10 points on merely 4 of 12 from the field, caught four rebounds, and blocked two shots. Frank Kaminsky III contributed 15 points on 5 of 9 from the floor, and plucked five rebounds off the pine.

Jeremy Lamb supplied seven points on 3 of 5 from the field, and handed out four assists off the bench. Hornets shot an exceptional 51.3 percent from the field, and shot 37.5 percent on 9 of 24 from three-point distance. The Hornets shot the ball well, but they just didn’t get enough stops on defense to win this game as they allowed the Cavaliers to score 121 points. The Hornets have now lost their first three meetings against the Cavaliers this season. Meanwhile, Marco Bellinelli was out for the Hornets with an ankle injury. The Hornets were down by as many as 17 points in the second half, but they did not go away and it was a single digit game later in the second half. The Hornets still ended up losing by 12 points.