Jokic's Power Move On LeBron A Highlight Of Wednesday's Win
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 8:19
James will meet with an eye doctor after a physical game in which he got poked in the eye by Jeremy Lamb, but remained in the game to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a Central Division-clinching 112-105 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night. The Cavs held the Hornets to 42.2 percent shooting from the field.
Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving had no interest in reflecting on where the Cavs were at this point last season - holding a 50-20 record and dealing with the fallout from James' freaky social media habits when he unfollowed the Cavs' team account on Twitter - to where the Cavs now stand at 46-24, having lost six of their last 10 games.
James prides himself on toughness - "I always bring toughness to the game", he said - but even he couldn't match Jokic when the young center got him on the post. "We came in with a physical mindset and it basically helped us win the game". Cody Zeller added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Cleveland on the other hand has already punched their ticket, but the cavs are still fighting for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with just a slim 1 game lead over the Boston Celtics. "We've got to take the one-on-one challenge more seriously". That's how we've got to play. "He's one of the toughest players we got in this league". They hope to shore up their suddenly shaky defense that has let three straight opponents shoot better than 50 percent.
The Cavaliers are at full health after a season of juggling the lineup with long-term injuries to Love and J.R. Smith, but it didn't help against the fired-up Nuggets on Wednesday.
"We've been playing with a certain type of confidence the last few weeks and I feel like we're clicking right now", said Harris, who is averaging 20.3 points over the last six games. It wouldn't be fair because you see how we go on (comparing) the record, what's our record at this particular date and honestly none of that s-- matters.
The former UCONN Husky is averaging 22.8 points per game, 5.5 assists per game and 4.0 rebounds per game so far this season. He has the sixth most made three's in the entire league this season, the second-most in the Eastern Conference and the most in the National Basketball Association post-All-Star Break.
Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 28 points and five 3-pointers.
Nuggets: On Friday night visit IN, beginning a stretch IN which they will play six of seven on the road. "Like coach said, there was too many mistakes".
Lue's players admitted this to varying degrees over the now completed four-game road trip, during which the Cavs won two and lost two. Marco Belinelli came off the bench for 22 points.
NOTES: Nuggets F Darrell Arthur was active after missing four games with left knee soreness.
James' status for Saturday night's home game against the Washington Wizards is unclear.
Cleveland's defense has been particularly reprehensible when it comes to forcing turnovers (only 9.5 per game in March, worst in the NBA), guarding the 3-point line (their 10.3 3-pointers allowed per game this season is 26th in the league) and in protecting the paint (the 47.3 points per game in the key given up in March is also 26th in the league).