The Cleveland Cavaliers on the road top the Charlotte Hornets 112-105. Cavaliers improve to 47-24 and the Hornets fall to 32-40 on the season. LeBron James had a game-high 32 points on 9 of 14 from the field, including nine rebounds, 11 assists, and blocked two shots. Kyrie Irving dropped in 26 points on 11 of 22 from the field, dished out seven assists, and stripped away four steals. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 15 points on 6 of 12 from the floor, grabbed 12 rebounds, and gave out four assists.
J.R. Smith put in nine points on 3 of 5 from the field, and sunk three triples. Smith hit a big three-pointer with four minutes left in the game to give the Cavaliers a 103-99 lead. Tristan Thompson racked up eight points on 3 of 4 from the floor, and pulled down seven rebounds. Kyle Korver added eight points on 3 of 5 from the field off the bench. Iman Shumpert contributed seven points on just 3 of 8 from the field, and blocked two shots off the pine. Richard Jefferson tallied five points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the floor, and snatched four rebounds.
The Cavaliers shot an exceptional 55.4 percent from the field, and shot 36 percent on 9 of 25 behind the three-point line. The Cavaliers also played better defense as they held the Hornets to shoot only 42 percent from the field, but the Hornets did get a lot of second chance points to keep them in the game. The Cavaliers get back on track with the win after a bad loss in their last game on the road against the Denver Nuggets. The Cavaliers are fully healthy for the first time in a while now so they should start to be playing better. The Cavaliers will host the Washington Wizards tonight.
Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said, “Winning and continuing to hold this No. 1 seed and winning our division is good for the offense, I want to see us continue to play well. That’s going to be my challenge going down the stretch.”
For the Hornets, Kemba Walker led the way with 28 points on 10 of 20 from the field, to go along with five assists, two steals, and made five three-pointers. Nicolas Batum pitched in 19 points on 7 of 18 from the floor, and stripped away three steals. Cody Zeller chipped in a double-double with 15 points on a perfect 6 of 6 from the field, gathered 11 rebounds, and blocked two shots. Marvin Williams also recorded a double-double with 11 points on merely 3 of 11 from the field, and collected 11 rebounds. Marco Belinelli totaled 22 points on 7 of 12 from the floor, and drained three from beyond the arc off the bench.
The Hornets only shot 42.2 percent from the field, and shot a horrid 26.3 percent on 10 of 38 from three-point distance. The Hornets also did not play good enough on defense to win the game as they allowed the Cavaliers to score a total of 112 points on 55 percent shooting from the field. The Hornets out-scored the Cavaliers in the paint 50 to 40. The Hornets did not go away as they were only trailing by one point with less than five minutes remaining in the game, but the Hornets did not execute well enough on offense to win the game.