April 1, 2015

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LeBron sets Cavs assists record in rout of Mavericks

DALLAS — Even without his trademark headband, LeBron James was easy to recognize. He was still wearing the No. 23 jersey and dominating with his play. James had 27 points and took over sole possession of the Cavaliers’ career assists record as Cleveland beat the Dallas Mavericks 127-94 on Tuesday night. “The best thing about Read More…

Cavaliers 89, Suns 79: Weird win features bad start, awful fourth quarter and LeBron James’ removal of his headband

CLEVELAND — It was the Cavaliers’ fourth game in five nights, which might explain why it seemed like four different games in one night. Completely disinterested at the start, sensational for a long stretch and then awful in the fourth quarter, the Cavs downed the Phoenix Suns 89-79 Saturday night at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. Read More…

Hawks’ harassing defense bothers Cavaliers

ATLANTA — LeBron James tossed a pass to no one in the corner. He argued about a call so vehemently that he received a technical. By the end of his frustrating night, the Atlanta Hawks had sent a clear message to the King: We’re the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Starting fast and Read More…

Commentary: Despite Atlanta’s huge lead in standings, Cavaliers best team in East

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives to the basket as Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

The Cavaliers aren’t a perfect team — anyone who has watched Matthew Dellavedova play point guard for longer than a five-minute stretch can see that — but they are the best team in the Eastern Conference. The NBA standings don’t back up that claim, of course, but the Cavs are the team no one wants Read More…

LeBron James bounces back from tackle, drops Toronto with big 4th quarter

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James is fouled Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas during the second half Wednesday in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

TORONTO — LeBron James retaliated on the scoreboard after Jonas Valanciunas tackled him on a drive late in the third quarter. James scored 14 of his 29 points in the fourth and matched a season high with 14 assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers held on to beat the Toronto Raptors 120-112 on Wednesday night. Valanciunas Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: Tristan Thompson’s performance brings back memories

Boston Celtics' Shavlik Randolph (42) takes an off-balance shot against Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson in an NBA basketball game Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Tristan Thompson’s performance Sunday in Houston brought back very hazy memories for Cavaliers analysts Jim Chones, Austin Carr and Campy Russell. Thompson had 14 points and 18 rebounds off the bench in an overtime loss to the Rockets, making him the first Cleveland reserve to post those numbers since Chones had 18 points Read More…

Cavaliers crush Celtics, snap two-game losing skid

Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson dunks against the Boston Celtics in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won their 12th straight at home, beating Boston 110-79. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — And on the first night, they got some rest. Beginning a stretch of four games in five nights, the Cavaliers dominated the Boston Celtics 110-79 Tuesday at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. It won’t be as easy tonight in Toronto, Friday in Atlanta or Saturday at home vs. Phoenix, but the Cavs (38-24) had Read More…

Commentary: Cavaliers overtime loss filled with bad, but there’s 1 giant positive

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James heads for the bench after missing two free throws as Houston Rockets' Josh Smith celebrates in the final seconds of overtime Sunday. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Enough went wrong in the Cavaliers’ overtime loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday to fill an entire column — and we will get to that in a moment — but don’t ever lose sight of the fact this was still a game Cleveland could and should have won. That’s a negative in the loss Read More…

James Harden, Rockets get best of LeBron, Cavs in OT

Houston Rockets' James Harden, left, goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson as Rockets' Terrence Jones, center, looks on in overtime of an NBA basketball game Sunday in Houston. The Rockets won 105-103. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON — James Harden has been putting up MVP-caliber numbers all season for the Houston Rockets. Given the chance to go head to head with one of his biggest competitors for the award, Harden and the Rockets came out on top. Harden scored 33 points and Cleveland star LeBron James missed a pair of free Read More…

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving to miss today’s game in Houston; LeBron James expected back

Kyrie Irving

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers will be without at least one All-Star today in Houston. Point guard Kyrie Irving will miss his second straight game with a strained left shoulder, an injury the team had thought would only sideline him for one game. Irving injured his shoulder in the second half of Thursday night’s home win Read More…