February 27, 2015

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LeBron James scores 42 as Cavaliers handle Golden State in marquee matchup

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, front, drives past Golden State Warriors’ David Lee during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James showed he’s still the best player in the world and the Cavaliers made a strong case they might now be the best team in the NBA. It was only one game, but Cleveland looked very impressive Thursday night while downing the Golden State Warriors 110-99 in front of a sellout crowd Read More…

Commentary: NBA Finals likely to feature Cavaliers, Golden State rematch

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, shoots over Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The NBA Finals won’t be played until June, but there is a good chance they will feature a rematch from Thursday night. The Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are the two hottest — and exciting — teams in the league, which they eagerly displayed in front of a national television audience on TNT. As one Read More…

Commentary: Center Timofey Mozgov a huge reason Cavaliers playing best ball in NBA

Timofey Mozgov (AP file photo)

The biggest game in the NBA tonight — and perhaps this season — will take place at Quicken Loans Arena. It will pit the best team in the league, the 44-10 Golden State Warriors, against the hottest team in the NBA, the 36-22 Cavaliers, who have won 17 of their last 19 games. It could Read More…

Cavaliers 102, Pistons 93: LeBron James passes Scottie Pippen as all-time assists leader for forwards

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James controls the pace during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Tuesday in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — LeBron James rarely likes to talk about his individual achievements. Tuesday he made an exception. James had 11 assists in Cleveland’s 102-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons. In the process, he moved past Scottie Pippen for first place on the NBA career list for forwards. James has 6,142 assists, seven more Read More…

Rick Noland: Challenging stretch awaits Cavaliers

LeBron James and the Cavs have had plenty of reasons to smile lately with 16 wins in their last 18 games, but the schedule is about to get a lot tougher. (AP FILE PHOTO)

The Cavaliers have won 16 of their last 18 games, they’re healthy and clicking on all cylinders and veteran Kendrick Perkins will add a nice insurance policy inside. But the schedule is about to get a whole lot tougher. A game against Detroit tonight at The Palace of Auburn Hills should be Cleveland’s third straight Read More…

Former Knicks J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert have fun against old team

LeBron James, left, and Iman Shumpert, right, can’t help but smile following J.R. Smith’s soaring reverse dunk during the second half Sunday against the Knicks in New York. The Cavs rolled to their 16th win in their last 18 games. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK — LeBron James was sitting comfortably on the bench and figured on staying there. Then J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert punctuated their return to New York with an alley-oop that demanded he stand. “That was beautiful, that was special,” James said. “I was planning on not getting up too many times off the Read More…

Ex-Thunder center Kendrick Perkins to sign with Cavaliers

Kendrick Perkins

NEW YORK — The Cavaliers continue to get bigger — and better. Former Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins will sign with the Cavs once he clears waivers Monday, multiple league sources told the Beacon Journal. ESPN first reported the move. Perkins was dealt to the Utah Jazz at the trade deadline, but Yahoo reported Read More…

Cavs quiet at trade deadline; LeBron says this roster could win title

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James high-fives Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The NBA trade deadline came and went Thursday without the Cavaliers making a move, but that’s perfectly OK. “We can win a championship with this roster,” four-time league MVP LeBron James said following practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “Obviously, health is a huge thing (and) clicking at the right time. The team that is clicking Read More…

NBA: Second-half chase has LeBron James fired up

East Team’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, drives against West Team’s Chris Paul, of the Los Angeles Clippers, during the second half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday in New York. The West Team won 163-158. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK — LeBron James isn’t used to looking up at so many teams at the All-Star break. The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks occupy his former perch atop the standings, and Stephen Curry and Paul Millsap think that’s where their teams belong. The Western Conference is loaded as usual — so good that Read More…

NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James reflects on life, legacy

LeBron James

NEW YORK — LeBron James sat at a small desk inside a preschool classroom in Harlem surrounded by books like “The Little Engine That Could,” scribbled crayon artwork on the walls and an alphabet chart. He didn’t look the least bit out of place. In fact, the setting suited him perfectly. “If I could be Read More…