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Final: Hornets 89, Cavs 84

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 22, 2012

Kyrie Irving had a career high 11 assists, but equaled his career low with six points on 2 of 13 shooting in the Cavs' 89-84 loss to the New Orleans Hornets in their final game before the All-Star break.

Antawn Jamison had 22 points and 12 rebounds, but Irving and Daniel Gibson combined to shoot just 3 of 22 on a night the Cavs struggled miserably shooting the ball. They shot just 32 percent from the floor, 22 percent on 3-pointers (6 of 27) and 65 percent at the free-throw line (24 of 37).

Hornets center Chris Kaman had 21 points and 13 rebounds and rookie Gustavo Ayon had a career high 17 rebounds. The Cavs threw all their bigs at the Hornets with few results. Starting center Semih Erden didn't even play in the second half after scoring four points and grabbing three rebounds in the first half.

Irving struggled to a miserable 2 of 13 shooting night in a game the Cavs never led, although they cut the deficit to 2 late in the fourth quarter. A Marco Belinelli 3-pointer with 1:04 left put the Hornets up 81-74 and they coasted from there.

The loss was particularly difficult since the Hornets were playing their third road game in as many nights. They lost the first two, including an overtime game Tuesday at Indiana.

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