April 18, 2014

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Nets 108, Cavaliers 97: Brooklyn too tough at home, snaps Cleveland’s 3-game winning streak

Brooklyn Nets' Shaun Livingston and Andray Blatche vie for a rebound with Cleveland Cavaliers' Tyler Zeller Friday New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

NEW YORK — After three long games on the road, the Brooklyn Nets made quick work of Cleveland back at home. Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 22 points in a flawless first quarter, and the Nets pulled away in the second on the way to their 12th straight home victory, 108-97 over the Cavaliers Read More…

Cavs’ Varejao still feels pain from 26-game losing streak

CLEVELAND — Anderson Varejao winced as if he had just twisted an ankle while grabbing a rebound. A seemingly innocent question triggered hidden pain. Even more than three years later, the sting of losing a record 26 straight games lingers for Cleveland’s hustling center, who always makes the most of every minute on the floor. Read More…

Cavaliers 97, Pistons 96: Dion Waiters beats buzzer, Detroit with jumper

Dion Waiters gets a hug from Anderson Varejao on Wednesday after he hit the winning shot over Detroit's Brandon Jennings at the buzzer. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t ready to throw in the towel. With only 10 healthy players, the Cavaliers overcame a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 97-96 on Dion Waiters’ baseline jumper as time expired. With nine games left, Cleveland remains in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, 3 1⁄2 Read More…

Rick Noland: Looking for a method to the March Madness? Check out these possibilities for the Cavaliers’ next draft pick

Like you, me and a lot of other people, Cavaliers scouts watched a lot of NCAA Tournament games over the weekend. Their first-round pick could very well have played in one of them. At 27-44 through Sunday, Cleveland had the ninth-worst record in the league, but was just 3½ games away from being tied for Read More…

Cavaliers 106, Knicks 100: Jarrett Jack scores 23 in 2nd half as Cleveland stops slide at 4 games

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, right, fouls Cleveland Cavaliers' Tyler Zeller at Madison Square Garden Sunday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK — A chance for New York to gain ground in the playoff race was there, until Jarrett Jack took it away. Now the Knicks have 3,000 miles to think about how this game — and maybe any realistic postseason hopes they had — was lost. Jack scored a season-high 31 points Sunday night Read More…

Slow start, lack of bodies no help as Cavaliers fall to Rockets

Houston Rockets' James Harden, front, drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Alonzo Gee Saturday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — March Sadness continued at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night. The shorthanded and slumping Cavaliers dropped their fourth straight game, falling 118-111 to the high-octane Houston Rockets in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score indicates. Just as they did Thursday, when they trailed Oklahoma City by 24 in Read More…

Durant leads Thunder past shorthanded Cavaliers

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant shoots against the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and the Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova represented the long and short of it. Led by the spunky Dellavedova, the Cavs played hard Thursday night, but the Oklahoma City Thunder was just bigger and “badder” while registering a 102-95 victory in front of 18,246 fans at Quicken Loans Arena. The long-armed, Read More…

Cavs Notes: Kyrie Irving glad surgery not in plans for now

Kyrie Irving

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving is stressing the positive in regards to his latest injury. A strained tendon in his left biceps forced Irving to miss his 42nd game in three seasons with the Cavaliers on Tuesday night when LeBron James and the Miami Heat visited Quicken Loans Arena. Irving, who suffered the injury Sunday against Read More…

LeBron James scores 25 points in first quarter, hits clutch free throws late to hold off Cavaliers

LeBron James drives against Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James started the game with a bang and finished it with a flurry of free throws. James poured in 43 points against his former team Tuesday night as the Miami Heat defeated the shorthanded Cavaliers 100-96 in front of a sellout crowd at Quicken Loans Arena. James, who finished 14-for-19 from the Read More…

Cavaliers: Thanks for asking, but LeBron James says his mind’s on upcoming playoffs, not his impending free agency

Miami Heat's LeBron James, right, drives around Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James still attracts a crowd whenever he comes to Quicken Loans Arena. The Miami Heat small forward was riding a stationary bike in the hallway outside his team’s locker room prior to pregame media availability Tuesday, with dozens of reporters waiting patiently as he donned headphones and sang loudly — and poorly Read More…