Monthly Archives: March 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers Slip By Charlotte Hornets 112-105

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.

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Kyrie Irving’s 46 Points Lead Cavs Past Lakers 125-120

The Cleveland Cavaliers pull off the win on the road against the Los Angeles Lakers 125-120. Cavaliers improve to 46-23 and the Lakers fall to 20-50 on the season. Kyrie Irving had a game-high 46 points on 15 of 21 from the field, dished out three assists, and buried six three-pointers. Irving simply went off and the Lakers just could not stop him. LeBron James dropped in 34 points on 13 of 22 from the field including six rebounds, seven assists, and made three triples. Kevin Love recorded a double-double with 21 points on 6 of 15 from the floor, grabbed 15 rebounds, and nailed three from deep in 26 minutes.

Richard Jefferson added seven points on 3 of 4 from the field, and pulled down five rebounds off the bench. Iman Shumpert tossed in six points on merely 3 of 8 from the field. The Cavaliers shot an excellent 53 percent from the field, and shot 36 percent on 13 of 36 from three-point range. The Cavaliers big three as of Irving, James, and Love scored a combined 101 points in this game. The Cavaliers played a tremendous game offensively and they scored a lot of points, but it was a tough game for the Cavs to win because they did not get stops on defense.

The Cavaliers were down by 10 points going into the fourth quarter, but then they out-scored the Lakers 43 to 28 in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers did not give up despite being down by double digits and they closed out the game well. Meanwhile, Kyle Korver is still out for the Cavaliers with foot soreness. The Cavaliers will take on the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi center tomorrow night.

“We were out of sync a little bit, but they shot the ball extremely well,” James said. “We just had to figure out a way to weather the storm. … (The Lakers) played well. They don’t look like a team that’s won only 20 games.”

For the Lakers, D’Angelo Russell scored a career high 40 points on 14 of 22 from the field, gave out six assists, drained seven three-pointers, and stripped away two steals. Jordan Clarkson managed 19 points on 8 of 18 from the floor, and gave out six assists. Rookie Brandon Ingram totaled 18 points on 8 of 15 from the field, and plucked six rebounds. Julius Randle registered 10 points on just 3 of 9 from the field, to go along with seven rebounds, and seven assists. Rookie Ivica Zubac finished with 10 points on 4 of 7 from the floor, and picked up six rebounds in 19 minutes.

Corey Brewer contributed nine points on 4 of 7 from the field, and snatched nine rebounds off the pine. David Nwaba logged seven points on 3 of 5 from the field, and gathered five rebounds off the bench. The Lakers shot a solid 51.6 percent from the field, and shot 40.7 percent on 11 of 27 behind the three-point line.

The Lakers shot the ball well, and executed well on offense, but they did not get enough stops on defense to win this game. They gave up a total of 125 points which is just way too many points to give up. The Lakers have now lost five games in a row. The Lakers played well for the first three-quarters of this game, but they just to fell apart in the fourth quarter.

Utah Jazz Stumble To The Cleveland Cavaliers 91-83

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home hold off the Utah Jazz 91-83. Cavaliers improve to 45-22, and the Jazz fall to 43-26 on the season. LeBron James led all scorers with 33 points on 13 of 20 from the field, to go along with 10 rebounds, six assists, and two steals. Kyrie Irving put in 21 points on 8 of 19 from the field, pulled down four rebounds, and dished out four assists. Irving was held out of this game in the fourth quarter because of left knee tightness.

Kevin Love put up 10 points on 5 of 9 from the field, and grabbed nine rebounds in 20 minutes. This was Love’s first game back after missing the last 13 games while recovering from knee surgery. Iman Shumpert notched nine points on merely 4 of 11 from the field. Shumpert left the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return. J.R. Smith added 12 points on 4 of 10 from the floor, picked up six rebounds, and knocked down four three-pointers off the bench. J.R. hit a clutch three-pointer with less than two minutes remaining in the game to give the Cavs a 89-83 lead.

The Cavaliers only shot 42 percent from the field, and shot 27.3 percent on 9 of 33 from three-point range. The Cavaliers did play better defense, and they allowed the Jazz to only score 83 points on 41.5 percent shooting from the field. The Cavaliers shoot just 52.6 percent on 10 of 19 from the free-throw line but fortunately they still won this game by eight points. The Cavaliers were down by three points in the fourth quarter, but they went on a 17-6 run, and they got stops when they needed to. Meanwhile, Kyle Korver is still out with foot soreness, and Derrick Williams also did not play with a quad contusion. The Cavaliers will travel to Los Angeles and play against the Los Angeles Clippers tonight.

“Kyrie looked at me and said he probably won’t be able to finish the game,” James said. “With Kev being on a minutes restriction coming back, I knew Shump was out, I had to step up the scoring load a little bit.”

For the Jazz, Rudy Gobert led the way with 20 points on 10 of 13 from the field, including 19 rebounds, two steals, and blocked two shots. Gordon Hayward dumped in 13 points on just 4 of 14 from the field, collected five rebounds, and gave out four assists. Joe Ingles accrued 12 points on 5 of 12 from the floor, snagged four rebounds, and handed out four assists. Joe Johnson finished with 12 points on 5 of 12 from the field, plucked four rebounds, and dished out three assists. George Hill scored nine points on merely 3 of 10 from the field.

Alec Burks contributed eight points on 3 of 9 from the field, and accumulated four rebounds off the pine. The Jazz shot just 41.5 percent from the field, and shot 23.8 percent on 5 of 21 behind the three-point line. The Jazz struggled to score, and they were out of sink offensively. They also turned the ball over 16 times. The Jazz did compete well against a great team on the road, but they fell short to win this game. Meanwhile, Derrick Favors did not play with a bruised left knee, Shelvin Mack did not play with a sprained left knee, and Rodney Hood is also out with a knee injury.

Cleveland Cavaliers Manhandled Detroit Pistons 128-96

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home destroyed the Detroit Pistons 128-96. Cavaliers improve to 44-22, and the Pistons fall to 33-34 on the season . Kyrie Irving led the way with 26 points on 9 of 14 from the field, dished out six assists, and made four three-pointers. LeBron James posted a triple-double with 26 points on 6 of 12 from the field, grabbed 11 rebounds, and dished out 12 assists. Iman Shumpert put in 18 points on 8 of 13 from the field, and plucked five rebounds.

Richard Jefferson dropped in 16 points, stripped away two steals, and buried four three-pointers. Deron Williams added 13 points on a perfect 6 of 6 from the field, and gave out three assists off the bench. J.R. Smith contributed 12 points on 4 of 5 from the floor, and sunk three triples off the pine. Derrick Williams registered 13 points on 4 of 8 from the field, and hit three from downtown off the bench. Tristan Thompson racked up four points to go along with nine rebounds, and two blocked shots.

The Cavaliers shot an outstanding 59.7 percent from the field, and shot 63.3 percent on 19 of 30 from three-point range. The Cavaliers just could not miss and started off the game shooting a perfect 10 of 10 from three. The Cavaliers out-scored the Pistons in the paint 36 to 24.

The Cavaliers were up 74-48 at halftime, and the Pistons were never able to come back in the second half. When the Cavaliers move the ball, execute well on offense, and get stops, they are a tough team to beat. Meanwhile, Kevin Love is still out with knee surgery, and Kyle Korver is out with foot soreness. The Cavaliers in their next game at home will take on the Utah Jazz.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said, “It’s been a while since we actually came out and put a team away early in the third quarter where guys could sit in the fourth quarter,”

For the Pistons, Tobias Harris led the way with 17 points on 6 of 11 from the field. Marcus Morris pitched in 13 points on 5 of 9 from the floor and pulled down seven rebounds. Andre Drummond managed eight points on merely 4 of 12 from the field, and gathered 14 rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 11 points on just 3 of 10 from the field. Ish Smith totaled 12 points on 6 of 12 from the floor off the pine. Reggie Jackson had an off game and scored six points on merely 3 of 13 from the field, but did have six assists.

Jon Leuer supplied eight points on 3 of 6 from the field, and caught seven rebounds off the bench. The Pistons just did not play a good game at both ends of the floor. They shot a horrid 37.4 percent from the field, and shot 21 percent on 4 of 21 behind the three-point line. The Pistons also just could not get a stop on defense, and the Cavaliers did whatever they wanted to do on offense. This was an embarrassing loss for the Pistons on the road, and they did not compete at all in this game.

Cleveland Cavaliers Snap Three Game Losing Streak, Thrashed Orlando Magic 116-104

The Cleveland Cavaliers on the road rout the Orlando Magic 116-104. Cavaliers improve to 43-21 and the Magic fall to 24-43 on the season. LeBron James posted a triple-double with 24 points on 8 of 14 from the field, grabbed 12 rebounds, and dished out 13 assists. Kyrie Irving put in 22 points on 9 of 22 from the field including eight rebounds, and seven assists. Tristan Thompson recored a double-double with 14 points on 6 of 9 from the floor, pulled down 13 rebounds, and blocked two shots.

Iman Shumpert scored 15 points on 5 of 7 from the field, picked up four rebounds, and hit three triples. Channing Frye added 12 points on 4 of 7 from the floor off the bench. J.R. Smith dropped in 11 points on 4 of 8 from the field, and buried three from beyond the arc off the bench. Deron Williams contributed 10 points on 4 of 9 from the floor, and gave out four assists off the pine. The Cavaliers shot 50 percent from the field, and shot 38.5 percent on 15 of 39 behind the three-point line.

The Cavaliers moved the ball well, and executed well offensively. The Cavaliers get back on track with the win on the road against the Magic after The Cavs lost three games in a row. Meanwhile, Kyle Korver did not play for the Cavs with foot soreness, and Kevin Love is still out with a knee injury. The Cavaliers will play again tomorrow on the road and take on the Houston Rockets.

LeBron James said, “I gotta get my guys involved, that’s who I am.”

For the Magic, Nikola Vucevic led the way with 20 points on 9 of 20 from the field, and picked up 16 rebounds. Aaron Gordan totaled 16 points on 6 of 12 from the field, plucked five rebounds, and handed out three assists. Evan Fournier finished with 15 points on 4 of 10 from the floor, and stripped away two steals. Terrence Ross logged 11 points on merely 4 of 11 from the field, and snatched four rebounds. Elfrid Payton notched eight points on merely 4 of 16 from the field, to go along with 10 rebounds, six assists, and three steals.

C.J. Watson poured in nine points on 2 of 4 from the floor off the bench. Jeff Green accrued seven points on 3 of 7 from the field off the pine. Bismack Biyombo racked up six points and nabbed eight rebounds off the bench. Mario Hezonja put up seven points on 2 of 5 from the field off the pine. The Magic did not shoot the ball well as they shot 39.6 percent from the field, and shot a horrid 19 percent on 4 of 21 from three-point range. The Magic also could not get stops on defense, and it is really hard to win a game when the team is not shooting well and are not getting stops.

The Magic were only down 108-102 with less than three minutes remaining in the game. Then they let the Cavaliers go on a 8-0 run, and then there was not enough time left in the game for the Magic to come-back. The Magic did not play well in this game after getting blown out to the Charlotte Hornets by 40 points last night.

Cleveland Cavaliers Set Regular Season Three Point Record,Top Atlanta Hawks 135-130

The Cleveland Cavaliers win a close game on the road 135-130 against the Atlanta Hawks. Cavaliers improve to 42-18 and the Hawks fall to 34-27 on the season. Kyrie Irving had a game high 43 points on 14 of 21 from the field to go along with nine assists, four steals, and made five three-pointers. Irving also was a perfect 10 of 10 from the free-throw line. LeBron James posted a double-double with 39 points on 14 of 27 from the field, grabbed 13 rebounds, gave out eight assists, and sunk six three-pointers.

Channing Frye dropped in 11 points on 4 of 7 from the floor, pulled down four rebounds, and hit three triples. Iman Shumpert pitched in eight points on merely 2 of 7 from the field. Richard Jefferson added 11 points on 4 of 7 from the field, and buried three from downtown off the bench. Derrick Williams contributed nine points on 3 of 5 from the floor, and knocked down three triples off the pine. Kyle Korver who returned to Atlanta for the first time since the Atlanta Hawks traded him to the Cleveland Cavaliers, racked up nine points on 3 of 8 from the field, and handed out three assists off the bench.

Korver made a clutch three-pointer to give the Cavs a 127-123 lead with one minute and 16 seconds remaining in the game. The Cavaliers could not miss and they shot 54.7 percent from the field, and shot an incredible 54.3 percent on 25 of 46 from three-point distance. The Cavaliers set the regular season three point record with 25 made three-pointers. Six different players for the Cavaliers made three or more three-pointers. The Cavaliers were moving the ball really well, and they found the open man.

The Cavaliers scored 77 points in the first half, and scored a total of 135 points despite J.R. Smith and Kevin Love not playing in this game. The Cavaliers are going to be a tough team to beat if they keep playing like this. The Cavaliers were on top by as many as 25 points in the second half, but the Hawks came back and they were eventually only down by one point with less than two minutes remaining in the game. The Cavaliers scored a lot of points, but it would have been much easier for them to win this game if they just got more stops on defense. The Cavaliers still pulled off the win on the road, and they made clutch free throws down the stretch.

“It was great to be a part of a record-setting night, and it’s even better that Kyle was the one to hit the record back in the building that he played so many seasons in,” James said.

For the Hawks, Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way off the bench with 36 points on 13 of 20 from the field, and drained five three-pointers. Paul Millsap scored 27 points on 9 of 16 from the floor, and caught nine rebounds. Dwight Howard recorded a double-double with 15 points on 6 of 12 from the field, plucked 10 rebounds, and stripped away three steals. Dennis Schroder managed 17 points on 7 of 15 from the floor, and dished out seven assists. Kent Bazemore supplied 14 points on 5 of 12 from the field, including four rebounds, seven assists, and blocked two shots.

Ersan Ilyasova dumped in 10 points on a perfect 4 of 4 from the field off the bench. The Hawks shot 53.8 percent from the field, and shot 38.5 percent on 10 of 26 behind the three-point line. The Hawks out-scored the Cavaliers in the paint 56 to 28. The Hawks also out-rebounded the Cavaliers 43 to 33. The Hawks came back after being down 25 points and they never gave up, but they ended up losing the game by five points. The Hawks just gave up way too many three-point shots, and they could not get stops on defense.