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LeBron James joins Oscar Robertson as only NBA players to rank in top 25 in points, assists

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 23, 2015

CLEVELAND: LeBron James joined Oscar Robertson Monday night as the only players in NBA history to rank in the top 25 in both scoring and assists. James’ assist on Kevin Love’s 3-pointer with five minutes left in the second quarter gave him 6,387, moving him ahead of Norm Nixon and into 25th place.

James is 19th on the all-time scoring list, although he could pass Reggie Miller on Monday and move into 18th place.

Robertson ranks 11th all-time in scoring (26,710) and sixth in assists (9,887). 

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Cavs 109, Hawks 97; Jason Lloyd's 17 thoughts on LeBron's gasket, hockey jokes, Irving getting close

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 22, 2015

CLEVELAND: Seventeen thoughts for LeBron James' plus/minus of plus-17 in a 109-97 win Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks…

1. The Cavs were ahead by 26 in the third quarter Saturday night when LeBron James stormed off the court. A bad pass from Jared Cunningham apparently set him off, but certainly it wasn’t the only factor.

2. James subbed himself out of the game and sat down while play continued around him. Richard Jefferson, startled to see James walking toward him, did his best to get to the scorer’s table in time, but it was futile. Play resumed and crew chief Tony Brothers whistled the Cavs for a technical when he only counted four players.

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Kevin Love, LeBron James guide short-handed Cavs to 109-97 win over Hawks

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 21, 2015


CLEVELAND: Kevin Love scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers still had enough to beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-97 Saturday night in an Eastern Conference finals rematch from last season.

The Cavs swept the Hawks out of the playoffs and didn’t have any trouble with them Saturday despite being down to two healthy starters in LeBron James and Kevin Love. Those are two good ones to have.

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Timofey Mozgov out 10-14 days with shoulder injury, Mo Williams out with ankle injury

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 20, 2015

Timofey Mozgov will miss 10-14 days with a right shoulder injury and Mo Williams will miss Saturday’s home game against the Atlanta Hawks with inflammation in his right ankle, the latest victims to an early season full of injuries.

The Cavs are temporarily without four of their top eight rotation players and they’re down to just two healthy starters: Kevin Love and LeBron James.

Mozgov left Thursday’s win against the Milwaukee Bucks with 2:42 left in the second quarter and he did not return. An MRI on Friday revealed a strained deltoid after Mozgov said in the locker room he was unsure when he was injured.

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Cavs 115, Bucks 100; Jason Lloyd's 24 final thoughts on Varejao, J.R. heating up and aggressive play

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 20, 2015

CLEVELAND: Twenty-four thoughts for 24 made free throws in a 115-100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks to end a brief two-game losing skid…

1. When Anderson Varejao reiterated throughout the preseason he needed to take baby steps, this isn’t exactly what he had in mind. Varejao played a total of 14 minutes the last five games and has recorded as many DNP-CDs this month (two) as he has in the last 10 years. 

2. But when Timofey Mozgov went down with a strained right shoulder, Varejao delivered. He ran pick-and-rolls with LeBron like it was 2009, splashed elbow jumpers and looked like the Varejao of old, drawing praise from teammates and both coaches in the process. He finished with nine points and two rebounds in 11 big minutes.

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Dellavedova sets career high in assists, Varejao supplies big minutes as Cavs beat Bucks 115-100

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 19, 2015

CLEVELAND: Little-used backup center Anderson Varejao provided a big boost off a wounded bench and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 115-100 Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

Varejao scored nine points in 11 minutes, LeBron James scored 27 points, grabbed nine rebounds and passed for six assists while forward Kevin Love had 22 points and 15 rebounds to end a brief two-game losing streak and keep the Cavaliers unbeaten at home. Guard Matthew Dellavedova set a career high with 13 assists.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 33 points for the Bucks, who trailed by as many as 21 in the first half.

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Pregame: Bucks at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 19, 2015


Time: 8 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: TNT, Fox Sports Ohio

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J.R. Smith feeling better, looking for early touches in Cavs' offense

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 19, 2015

INDEPENDENCE: The swelling in J.R. Smith’s right hand is down, which may account for his best shooting night of the season.

As the Cavaliers prepare to host the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night on national television, Smith in general says he’s feeling a bit better these days. It showed when he shot 3 of 6 on 3-pointers in Tuesday’s loss at Detroit, marking the first time this season he made at least three 3s in a game.

Smith has battled nagging injuries since the preseason and apparently one he didn’t even know he had. An x-ray over the weekend revealed a broken bone in his right thumb that has since healed. Smith doesn’t know how or when it happened, but team doctors told him it occurred long enough ago that it healed on its own. But the hand is still prone to swelling whenever he gets hit on it, which happened Friday at Madison Square Garden.

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Pistons 104, Cavs 99; Jason Lloyd's 30 thoughts on talking tough, free throws and Andre Drummond

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 18, 2015

AUBURN HILLS, MICH.: Thirty thoughts for 30 points from LeBron James following a 104-99 loss to the Detroit Pistons Tuesday at the Palace…

1. The Cavs are talking tough these days, but that’s it. Thus far it’s just talk. LeBron James said they’re too nice. David Blatt said they aren’t tough enough right now, certainly not as tough as they were last spring when they won the East. And Tristan Thompson said if they don’t show any fight next time out, they’re just wasting their time.

2. The Cavs are still 8-3, but they’re talking like a team that’s 3-8. They’ve lost consecutive regular season games for just the third time since Jan. 15 – and one of those streaks was late last season when they were resting guys and coasting.

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Cavs go cold late, free-throw shooting hurts again in 104-99 loss to Pistons

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 17, 2015


AUBURN HILLS, MICH.: J.R. Smith missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 12 seconds left and the Cavaliers lost for the second time in as many games, falling 104-99 to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.

The Cavs led by 10 late in the third quarter, but again struggled from the line and went without a field goal for nearly four minutes late in the fourth quarter.

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