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Cavs blow 22-point lead, lose third straight to Pacers

Cavs blow 22-point lead, lose third straight to Pacers

play0:53LeBron steps out of bounds on baseline drive.

The most surprising aspect of the Hornets' win at Oklahoma City was that it was their only triumph in a seven-game stretch.

And to think VanVleet was never drafted, overlooked because teams are too fixated on measurements when all they had to do was measure the strength of character and his heart. They had dropped six of their last eight games, including a 28-point defeat on Monday in Minnesota and a 34-point drubbing on Thursday in Toronto.

Then, after Darren Collison made a free throw to give the Pacers a 97-95 lead, James' desperation shot at a three-pointer bounced high off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

play1:24Stephenson gets in LeBron's face.

"Lance is just a little dirty, that's all". "That's when I knew I had a problem". I played two good years with them.

Cleveland would need a monumental effort from LeBron James in order to halt their losing streak. LeBron James had 27 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in Cleveland's third straight loss. It was lethal against a Cleveland team that prefers to set up plays in the halfcourt.

Cleveland is just not looking right of late on both ends of the court.




At 26-15, the Cavs are 6.5 games behind the Celtics for the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Friday's funk was better than it has been lately, however.

Victor Oladipo scored 19 points in the win over Cleveland Friday night. Poland's Marcin Gortat added 21 for the Wizards while reserve Michael Beasley led NY with 20 points.

By contrast, the Warriors lead the league in scoring (115.7 points per game) and three-point shooting (39 per cent). Cleveland never led, and, thanks in large part to a 35-point third quarter, the Raptors took a commanding 25 point lead into half. Which is what Lue was trying to address when he made his cryptic "agenda" comment after the Toronto game.

"We're in a funk", James told ESPN after the game. So, 'Oh my man didn't score, but he scores.' No, that's not team basketball.

Casey said that he does not want any player on his team to back down from any opponent when testosterone levels start to rise during a game. "This is just us". We're still getting better at it. When guys are struggling, we have to get guys easy shots or open shots and continue to encourage those guys. "I figured (Koufos) was going to look to pass it".

But it will be another story against the Warriors, who pioneered the run-and-gun style and used it to beat the Cavs in last year's NBA Finals.

Blake Griffin says he's fully recovered from the concussion he suffered last weekend and marveled at how his Los Angeles Clippers have maneuvered their way around a series of injuries to key players this season. Talk about a welcome home gift. "Every night is a different animal that you've got to attack, and our job and our approach is to be consistent as much as possible each night". Another challenge. Another chance for James to recreate one of his heroic moments.


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