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.