Cleveland Cavaliers Top The Toronto Raptors In Game One Of The Playoffs 116-105

The Cleveland Cavaliers put away the Toronto Raptors 116-105 in game-one of the second round in the playoffs. The Cavaliers take a 1-0 lead in the series. LeBron James led the way with 35 points on 13 of 23 from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out four assists. Kyrie Irving posted a double-double with 24 points on 7 of 16 from the field, gave out 10 assists, and drained three triples. Irving in the first half passed the ball off the backboard and then James had a spectacular dunk.

Kevin Love dropped in 18 points on 5 of 13 from the floor, plucked nine rebounds, and stripped away two steals. Tristan Thompson recorded a double-double with 11 points on merely 3 of 8 from the field, and pulled down 14 rebounds. Kyle Korver added six points on 2 of 5 from the field off the bench. Iman Shumpert contributed five points on 2 of 5 from the floor, gathered four rebounds, and handed out three assists off the pine. The Cavaliers shot 46 percent from the field, and shot 41.2 percent on 14 of 34 from three-point range.

The Cavaliers moved the ball well, found the open man, and executed well offensively. The Cavaliers were leading by as many as 25 points in the second half. The Cavaliers also did play good defense throughout the first three-quarters of this game. The Cavaliers did play really good, and they had seven days off going into this game. The Cavaliers did not look rusty at all. The Cavaliers will play at home again against the Toronto Raptors for game-two on Wednesday.

“That was the mystery coming into the game, how we would come out?” James said. “Obviously you prepare, you want to come out and play well, but you never know after an eight-day layoff. But the energy was phenomenal.”

For the Raptors, Kyle Lowry lead the way with 20 points on 7 of 13 from the field, and dished out 11 assists. DeMar DeRozan managed 19 points on 7 of 16 from the field, and picked up seven rebounds. Serge Ibaka scored 15 points on 6 of 14 from the floor, snatched six rebounds, and nailed three from downtown. P.J. Tucker concluded with 13 points on 6 of 11 from the field, and collected 11 rebounds off the bench. Norman Powell tossed in 12 points on merely 3 of 11 from the field, and stripped away two steals off the pine.

Fred VanVleet totaled six points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the floor in three minutes off the bench. Jonas Valanciunas put up six points on 3 of 7 from the field, and nabbed six rebounds. The Raptors bench out-scored the Cavaliers bench 42 to 20. The Raptors shot 43.8 percent from the field, and shot 38.5 percent on 10 of 26 from beyond the arc.

The Raptors did not get stops on defense. They did not play consistent on defense for 48 minutes, and that was why they had no chance to win this game. The Raptors did not get off to a good start in the first quarter, and they were getting blown out in the second half. The Raptors will try to even up the series 1-1 in game-two.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Sweep The Indiana Pacers With A 106-102 Win In Game Four Of The Playoffs

The Cleveland Cavaliers sweep the Indiana Pacers and top the Indiana Pacers 106-102 in game-four in the first round of the playoffs. LeBron James led the way with 33 points on 13 of 25 from the field, including 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals, and blocked two shots. James made a clutch three-pointer with less than two minutes remaining in the game to give the Cavaliers a one point lead. Kyrie Irving put in 28 points on 10 of 25 from the field, and blocked three shots. Irving scored 16 of his points in the third quarter.

Tristan Thompson put up six points on just 2 of 6 from the floor, and grabbed 11 rebounds. Kevin Love had an off game as he scored five points on 2 of 13 from the field, but he did crash the boards with 16 rebounds. Deron Williams added nine points on a perfect 4 of 4 from the field in 13 minutes off the bench. Channing Frye finished with seven points on 2 of 4 from the floor off the pine.

The Cavaliers shot 41.1 percent from the field and shot a horrid 29 percent on 9 of 31 from three-point range. The Cavaliers did not shoot the ball well, but they did play better defense. The Cavaliers did sweep the Pacers in the first round, but each game they won was by single digits. The Cavaliers will move on to the second round of the playoffs and they will face either the Toronto Raptors or the Milwaukee Bucks.

For the Pacers, Myles Turner led the way with 20 points on 8 of 10 from the field, and pulled down nine rebounds. Jeff Teague posted a double-double with 15 points on 6 of 12 from the floor, to go along with 10 assists, four rebounds, two steals, and blocked three shots. Paul George really struggled in this game as he scored 15 points on merely 5 of 20 from the field, plucked seven rebounds, dished out six assists, and stripped away four steals. Thaddeus Young recorded a double-double with 13 points on 6 of 14 from the field, collected 10 rebounds, and stripped away two steals. Lance Stephenson contributed 22 points on 9 of 15 from the floor, snatched six rebounds, and buried four three-pointers off the bench.

Glenn Robinson III dropped in six points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the field off the pine. The Pacers shot 46.6 percent from the field, and shot 33.3 percent on 10 of 30 behind the three-point line. The Pacers only shot 58.8 percent on 10 of 17 from the free-throw line. The Pacers were down by as many as 13 points in the second half, but the Pacers had a two point lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game. The Pacers had a chance to win this game, but they just did not play good enough for 48 minutes.

Paul George said, “It’s real frustrating to continue on losing to the same team or the same person. Ultimately, he (James) is who I’m always going to have to see and face.”

Cleveland Cavaliers Storm Back To Beat The Indiana Pacers 119-114 In Game Three Of The Playoffs

The Cleveland Cavaliers fend off the Indiana Pacers in game-three in the first round of the playoffs 119-114. The Cavaliers now take a 3-0 lead in the series. LeBron James posted a triple-double with 41 points on 14 of 27 from the field, to go along with 13 rebounds, 12 assists, blocked two shots, and hit six three-pointers. James started to take over the game in the second half. Kevin Love scored 13 points on just 4 of 12 from the field, and grabbed six rebounds in 27 minutes. J.R. Smith poured in 13 points on 4 of 9 from the field, and sunk four three-pointers.

Kyrie Irving notched 13 points on merely 4 of 17 from the floor, and dished out four assists. Tristan Thompson racked up nine points on 4 of 7 from the field, plucked 10 rebounds, and blocked three shots. Kyle Korver added 12 points on 4 of 7 from the floor, stripped away two steals, and drained four three-pointers off the pine. Channing Frye compiled 12 points on 4 of 7 from the field, collected four rebounds, and stripped away two steals off the bench. The Cavaliers shot 44.8 percent from the field, and shot an exceptional 47.7 percent on 21 of 44 from three-point distance.

The Cavaliers tied the largest comeback in playoff history as they came back in this game after being down by 26 points. The Cavaliers were down 74-49 at halftime, and then the Cavaliers out-scored the Pacers in the second half 70-40. The Cavaliers started getting stops in the second half, and they were making a lot of three-pointers which helped them comeback. The Cavaliers sat Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love in the fourth quarter, and the Cavaliers were playing well when they were on the bench. The Cavaliers showed that they have a lot of depth and that they also have many weapons.

“We just never quit,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “We knew the importance of this game. To go up 3-0, makes things a lot more difficult for those guys.”

For the Pacers, Paul George led the way with 36 points on 10 of 28 from the field, pulled down 15 rebounds, and gave out nine assists. Jeff Teague concluded with 15 points on 5 of 11 from the field, handed out seven assists, and buried four three-pointers. Thaddeus Young recorded a double-double with 11 points on 5 of 10 from the field, and snatched 14 rebounds. C.J. Miles accrued nine points on 3 of 6 from the floor. Lance Stephenson tallied 13 points on 4 of 12 from the floor, including six rebounds, and made three triples off the bench.

Kevin Seraphin contributed 11 points on 3 of 8 from the field, nabbed five rebounds, and dished out three assists off the pine. Monta Ellis dropped in eight points on 3 of 6 from the field off the bench. The Pacers shot just 40 percent from the field, and shot 39 percent on 16 of 41 behind the three-point line. The Pacers out-rebounded the Cavaliers 52 to 40.

The Pacers got off to a great start in the first half, but they totally fell apart in the second half as they were not executing offensively and were not getting stops. The Pacers are now down 3-0 in the series. It will be very tough for them to come back and win the series as no team in playoff history has ever comeback to win a series down 3-0. The Pacers will host the Cleveland Cavaliers again in game-four on Sunday afternoon.

Cleveland Cavaliers Take Down Indiana Pacers In Game Two Of The Playoffs 117-111

The Cleveland Cavaliers take a 2-0 lead in the first round of the playoffs with a 117-111 win against the Indiana Pacers in game-two. Kyrie Irving had a game-high 37 points on 14 of 24 from the field, and made four three-pointers. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 27 points on 6 of 7 from the floor, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out three assists. Love shot a perfect 12 of 12 at the foul line. LeBron James recorded a double-double with 25 points on 11 of 20 from the field, including 10 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, and four blocks.

Tristan Thompson only scored four points, but pulled down 10 rebounds, and blocked two shots. Deron Williams added nine points 3 of 4 from the field, and hit three triples off the bench. The Cavaliers shot an outstanding 55.3 percent from the field, and shot 42 percent on 13 of 31 from three-point range. The Cavaliers shot very well from the field, but they did play sloppy with 18 turnovers.

The Cavaliers did allow the Pacers to score a total of 111 points, and the Cavaliers need to play better defense than that throughout the playoffs to have a better chance to win. Meanwhile, J.R. Smith left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury and did not return. The Cavaliers were up 96-78 going into the fourth quarter, but the Pacers did cut the lead to only four points.

“We’re right there of what we know we can become,” James said. “We’ll figure it out. I’d much rather have an 18-point lead than not have a lead at all. We’re right there on turning the switch on what we really can become.”

For the Pacers, Paul George led the way with 32 points on 10 of 20 from the field, to go along with eight rebounds, seven assists, and buried four three-pointers. Jeff Teague dropped in 23 points on 8 of 12 from the field, plucked four rebounds, and gave out four assists. Lance Stephenson contributed 13 points on 6 of 13 from the floor, dished out four assists, and stripped away two steals off the pine. Myles Turner amassed six points on merely 3 of 10 from the field, picked up five rebounds, and blocked three shots. C.J. Miles tossed in nine points on 4 of 7 from the field, and stripped away two steals off the bench.

The Pacers shot a solid 51.2 percent from the field, and shot 40 percent on 8 of 20 behind the three-point line. The Pacers did keep fighting but they fall short again on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pacers had hard time getting stops as they gave up 117 points on defense. Paul George has played great so far in the playoffs, but other players need to play better for the Pacers to have a better chance to win. The Pacers will head back home for game three in the first round of the playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. Game three is a must win for the Pacers in order for them to have a chance to win the series.

Cleveland Cavaliers Squeeze Past Indiana Pacers In Game One Of The Playoffs 109-108

The Cleveland Cavaliers win a close game in game-one of the first round in the playoffs against the Indiana Pacers 109-108. The Cavaliers take a 1-0 series lead. LeBron James led all scorers with 32 points on 12 of 20 from the field, including six rebounds, 13 assists, and three steals. Kyrie Irving put in 23 points on 11 of 27 from the field, dished out six assists, and stripped away two steals. Kevin Love dropped in 17 points on 5 of 9 from the floor, plucked four rebounds, and blocked two shots. Love scored 15 of his points in the first half.

Tristan Thompson put up eight points on 4 of 5 from the field, and grabbed 13 rebounds. J.R. Smith scored six points on 2 of 4 from the floor. Channing Frye added 11 points on 4 of 5 from the field, and nailed three triples off the bench. The Cavaliers shot an excellent 53.8 percent from the field, and shot 39.3 percent on 11 of 28 from three-point range. The Cavaliers did not shoot well from the free-throw line as they shot 52 percent on 14 of 27.

The Cavaliers could have lost this game because they were not making their free throws. The Cavaliers executed very well on offense, but their defense still needs to be better. The Cavaliers were leading by as many as 12 points in the second half, but they let the Pacers come back and the Pacers had a two point lead with less than five minutes remaining in the game. The Cavaliers did pull off the win at home, and that’s what the Cavaliers need to do to win in the playoffs. The Cavaliers will take on the Indiana Pacers at home in game-two of the playoffs on Monday night.

For the Pacers, Paul George led the way with 29 points on 9 of 19 from the field, to go along with five rebound and seven assists. Jeff Teague finished with 15 points on just 3 of 10 from the field, and gave out four assists. Monta Ellis managed 11 points on 4 of 8 from the floor, and pulled down four rebounds. Myles Turner totaled 11 points on 5 of 12 from the field, gathered eight rebounds, and stripped away four steals. Thaddeus Young racked up eight points on 3 of 4 from the field, and picked up nine rebounds.

Lance Stephenson contributed 16 points on 8 of 13 from the floor, and snatched seven rebounds off the bench. Kevin Seraphin tossed in eight points on 4 of 6 from the field off the pine. The Pacers shot a solid 49.4 percent from the field, and shot 45.8 percent on 11 of 24 behind the three-point line. The Pacers did compete well on the road, and they did not give up.

The Pacers had the ball down by one point with 20 seconds remaining in the game, but C.J. Miles missed the jump shot at the buzzer, and the Pacers lost by one point. This was a tough lost for the Pacers, and they had a chance to win the game. However, It is going to be tough for the Pacers to beat the Cavaliers when the Cavaliers shoot 53.8 percent from the field.

C.J. Miles said, “Obviously, we wanted to get the ball to Paul to be able to get the shot to win the game, I got the ball at four (seconds), so I had to take it myself. I got a good shot. I just didn’t make it.”

Cleveland Cavaliers Annihilate Boston Celtics 114-91

The Cleveland Cavaliers on the road demolished the Boston Celtics 114-91. The Cavaliers improve to 51-27, and the Celtics fall to 50-28 on the season. LeBron James had a game-high 36 points on 14 of 22 from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds, and gave out six assists. LeBron showed up to play in this one, and the Celtics just could not stop him. Kyrie Irving put in 19 points on 7 of 18 from the floor, and dished out five assists.

Kevin Love recorded a double-double with 15 points on merely 5 of 15 from the field, and pulled down 16 rebounds. J.R. Smith accrued 12 points on 5 of 10 from the floor, and stripped away two steals. Channing Frye finished with 10 points on 3 of 7 from the field, including eight rebounds and two steals. Richard Jefferson added seven points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the field off the bench. Kyle Korver poured in six points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the floor off the pine.

The Cavaliers shot 46.7 percent from the field, and shot 30.6 percent on 11 of 36 from three-point range. Every Cavaliers starter scored in double figures. The Cavaliers shot a solid 94.4 percent on 17 of 18 from the free-throw line. The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Celtics 51 to 38. The Cavaliers out-scored the Celtics in the paint 58 to 48. The Cavaliers played very good defense and only gave up a total of 91 points. They just played more physical and were rebounding very well.

The Cavaliers played a good game from start to finish. This was a big win for the Cavaliers on the road, and they will have a much better chance to get the one seed in the East after winning this game. Meanwhile, Tristan Thompson did not play with a thumb injury. The Cavaliers have now won four games in a row. The Cavaliers will head back home and take on the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.

“Just trying to get our team right going down the stretch brings out the best in me,” James said. “We knew we were coming to a hostile building tonight and just wanted to try, and play our game … and we did that.”

For the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas led the way with 26 points on 9 of 19 from the field, plucked four rebounds, and handed out six assists. Jae Crowder managed 13 points on 5 of 11 from the floor, and gathered four rebounds. Al Horford pitched in 12 points on 4 of 6 from the field, to go along with seven rebounds and three assists. Amir Johnson put up eight points on a perfect 4 of 4 from the floor. Kelly Olynyk contributed 12 points on 5 of 8 from the field, and snatched four rebounds off the pine.

Terry Rozier compiled six points on 2 of 5 from the floor in nine minutes off the bench. The Celtics shot a poor 40.7 percent from the field, and shot 21.2 percent on 7 of 33 from beyond the arc. The Celtics got totally out-played, and nothing was going right for them in this game. This just does not look good for Boston heading into the playoffs.

Cleveland Cavaliers Dismantled Orlando Magic 122-102

The Cleveland Cavaliers trounced the Orlando Magic 122-102. The Cavaliers improve to 50-27 and the Magic fall to 27-51 on the season. Kevin Love led all scorers with 28 points on 9 of 18 from the field, grabbed 11 rebounds, stripped away two steals, and nailed five three-pointers. LeBron James posted a triple-double with 18 points on 7 of 14 from the field, to go along with 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and two steals. Kyrie Irving dropped in 24 points on 10 of 15 from the field, hit three triples, dished out eight assists, and plucked four rebounds.

J.R. Smith scored 19 points on 7 of 11 from the floor, snatched five rebounds, and drained five three-pointers. Kyle Korver added 12 points on 4 of 6 from the field, and buried three from deep off the bench. Deron Williams contributed eight points on merely 2 of 6 from the field,  and gave out three assists off the bench. The Cavaliers shot an excellent 53.7 percent from the field, and shot 50 percent on 18 of 36 from three-point range. The Cavaliers moved the ball well, and executed really well on offense.

The Cavaliers were on fire in the second half and they out-scored the Magic 43 to 20 in the third quarter. The Cavaliers out-scored the Magic in the paint 34 to 24. The Cavaliers played a very good game at both ends of the floor and they just destroyed the Magic. They played good on defense also and held the Magic to shoot only 38 percent from the field. The Cavaliers have now won three games in a row.

“When we get out and run and play with pace, nobody can beat us and we know that,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

For the Magic, Evan Fournier led the way with 21 points on 5 of 12 from the floor, and nailed four three-pointers. Elfrid Payton logged 12 points on 5 of 9 from the field, picked up four rebounds, and handed out six assists. Aaron Gordon amassed 12 points on merely 5 of 14 from the floor, and pulled down five rebounds. Terrence Ross scored 12 points on 5 of 14 from the field, dished out three assists, and stripped away two steals. Nikola Vucevic racked up six points on just 3 of 9 from the field, and gathered 10 rebounds.

Mario Hezonjia concluded with 13 points on 3 of 8 from the floor off the bench. Jodie Meeks supplied 11 points on merely 2 of 7 from the field, including six rebounds, three assists, and two steals. C.J. Watson totaled nine points on 3 of 6 from the field, and dished out six assists. The Magic shot a horrid 38.4 percent from the field, and shot 33.3 percent on 11 of 33 behind the three-point line.

The Magic did shoot a solid 96 percent on 25 of 26 from the charity stripe. The Magic just totally fell apart in the second half. They were not shooting well and they could not get stops on defense which was why they got blown out. The Magic have now lost their last five games.

Cleveland Cavaliers Hang On To Beat The Indiana Pacers 135-130 In Double Overtime

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home pull off the win against the Indiana Pacers 135-130 in two overtimes. Cavaliers improve to 49-27 and the Pacers fall to 37-40 on the season. LeBron James posted a triple-double with 41 points on 16 of 29 from the field, including 16 rebounds, 11 assists, and two steals in 52 minutes. Kevin Love chipped in a double-double with 20 points on 8 of 12 from the field, grabbed 12 rebounds, and hit three triples. Love scored nine of his points in overtime period.

J.R. Smith dropped in 18 points on 6 of 12 from the field, plucked five rebounds, stripped away two steals, and buried six three-pointers. J.R. made a couple big three-pointers in overtime. Kyrie Irving put in 23 points on merely 5 of 20 from the floor, snagged five rebounds, and gave out seven assists. Irving shot a perfect 11 of 11 from the foul line. Tristan Thompson put up 12 points on 5 of 7 from the field, and pulled down nine rebounds.

Channing Frye added 10 points on 4 of 7 from the field, and caught six rebounds. Deron Williams notched nine points on 3 of 5 from the floor, and handed out six assists. The Cavaliers shot a respectable 49.5 percent from the field, and shot 42 percent on 18 of 43 from three-point range. The Cavaliers could have closed out this game better if they were not missing their free throws. The Cavaliers only shot 69.7 percent on 23 of 33 from the free-throw line.

The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Pacers 56 to 46. The Cavaliers have now won two straight games at home after losing three games in a row. Meanwhile, Kyle Korver is still out with foot soreness. The Cavaliers will host the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.

Tristan Thompson and LeBron James got angry at each other during the game.

“We’re family,” Thompson said. “Little miscommunication in the huddle. Move forward. We’re family. Got each other’s back always. Move forward.”

For the Pacers, Paul George led all scorers with 43 points on 16 of 33 from the field, to go along with nine rebounds, nine assists, and three steals. George gave the Pacers a good chance to win, but it was not enough. Thaddeus Young totaled 19 points on 9 of 12 from the floor, and picked up nine rebounds. Jeff Teague dumped in 17 points on 5 of 13 from the field, nabbed four rebounds, and dished out 11 assists. C.J. Miles had a big spark off the bench with 27 points on 8 of 13 from the floor, made five three-pointers, and accumulated six rebounds.

Monta Ellis amassed seven points on just 3 of 8 from the field, and grabbed six rebounds. Lance Stephenson played his first game since returning to the Pacers and scored four points in 18 minutes. The Pacers shot 45.7 percent from the field, and shot 39 percent on 16 of 41 behind the three-point line. This was a tough lost for the Pacers on the road as they are in the playoff hunt right now.

They competed well against the defending champions in the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pacers are going to have to play well in their last five games of the season to have a chance to make the playoffs. Meanwhile, Al Jefferson was out with an ankle injury.

Cleveland Cavaliers Break Three Game Losing Streak, Smashed Philadelphia 76ers 122-105

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home blow out the Philadelphia 76ers 122-105. Cavaliers improve to 48-27 and the 76ers fall to 28-48 on the season. LeBron James led all scorers with 34 points on 14 of 22 from the field, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out six assists in 30 minutes. Kyrie Irving scored 24 points on 11 of 16 from the field, and gave out nine assists. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 18 points on 6 of 14 from the floor, including 10 rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

J.R. Smith dropped in 14 points on 5 of 9 from the field, plucked four rebounds, and knocked down four three-pointers. Tristan Thompson racked up seven points on 3 of 7 from the field, and pulled down 11 rebounds. Channing Frye added 12 points on 5 of 8 from the field off the bench in 16 minutes. Deron Williams contributed six points on merely 3 of 8 from the floor, and handed out six assists off the pine. The Cavaliers shot a solid 52.6 percent from the field, and shot 44.8 percent on 13 of 29 from three-point range.

The Cavaliers bounce back winning at home after losing their last three games. The Cavaliers took care of business and they played on top of their game. The Cavaliers need to start playing better before the playoffs start really soon. Meanwhile, Kyle Korver is still out with foot soreness. The Cavaliers will play again at home on Sunday and take on the Indiana Pacers.

For the 76ers, Richaun Holmes amassed 19 points on 7 of 9 from the field, and snatched seven rebounds. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot finished with 19 points on 7 of 15 from the field, and gathered four rebounds. Justin Anderson chipped in a double-double with 12 points on 4 of 8 from the floor, picked up 10 rebounds, and dished out three assists. T.J. McConnell managed 10 points on 4 of 9 from the field, and gave out seven assists. Sean Long poured in 17 points on 7 of 10 from the field, and gathered four rebounds off the bench.

Nik Stauskas logged nine points on 4 of 10 from the floor, to go along with four rebounds and six assists. Gerald Henderson pitched in seven points on 3 of 7 from the field, collected four rebounds, and handed out three assists. The 76ers shot 48.8 percent from the field, and shot 33.3 percent on 11 of 33 behind the three-point line. The 76ers did play sloppy with 17 turnovers.

The 76ers just could not get stops, and they were getting blown out for most of the game. The 76ers were losing by as many as 32 points in the game. Meanwhile, Jahlil Okafor sat out with a sore knee, Robert Covington sat out with a swollen knee, Sergio Rodriguez did not play with a hamstring injury, and Joel Embiid is shut down for the season with a torn meniscus.

76ers head coach Brett Brown said, “They played at a championship level, they took their frustrations out on us. It looked like they had their mindset on fixing some things versus the 76ers.”

 

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.