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Poor third quarter, rebounding lead to LeBron James' first loss to Michael Jordan as an owner

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 3, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Michael Jordan finally scored a victory against LeBron James – and he had a front-row seat to see it.

James had 23 points, six rebounds and six assists while moving up the career scoring list, but the Cavs were smashed in rebounding and lost to the Charlotte Hornets 106-97 Wednesday night, their first victory against any of James’ teams since Jordan bought the franchise in 2010.

Kyrie Irving scored 26 points and Kevin Love had 12 points and 12 rebounds on a night the Cavs’ five-game winning streak ended.

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Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova out with hamstring injury

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 3, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Matthew Dellavedova will not play tonight when the Cavs face the Charlotte Hornets.

Dellavedova has been nursing a sore left hamstring injury for a couple of weeks, but he’s hopeful this will be the only game he misses. He matched a season-high with four turnovers in Monday's win against the Pacers, perhaps in part because of the hamstring.

Mo Williams will likely get Dellavedova’s minutes as backup point guard.

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Pregame: Cavs at Hornets

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 3, 2016
Walker, Kemba

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

Injury report: Cavs - None; Hornets - Kemba Walker (knee) out; Al Jefferson (knee) out; Nic Batum (toe) questionable.

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Cavs' offensive improvement more because of turnovers than pace

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 3, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: The biggest difference in the Cavaliers’ offense since Tyronn Lue took over has more to do with turnovers than pace.

When they began this quest to play faster, Lue made it clear he wasn’t necessarily trying to create more possessions, he simply wanted to make the possessions better. Sure enough, the Cavs’ scoring is up while their pace is actually down. Along with a higher shooting percentage, the reason most likely is fewer turnovers.

The Cavs are averaging the third-fewest turnovers under Lue, which has allowed their scoring to increase by nearly 8 points per game on about 1.5 fewer possessions than they were under Blatt.

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Cavs 111, Pacers 106; Jason Lloyd's 30 thoughts on Ty Lue, Kevin Love's defense in OT victory

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 2, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS: Thirty thoughts after allowing 30 points in the third quarter of Monday’s 111-106 overtime win against the Indiana Pacers

1. Tyronn Lue’s quick evolution as a head coach was apparent in the second half Monday. It’s also apparent in the film room, although only the players see it there.

2. Lue pulled an old Phil Jackson trick in the third quarter when he refused to call a timeout while the Cavs were getting pummeled. (Gregg Popovich has often pulled the same stunt, although Pop has also been known to call a timeout and walk away, leaving the players to yell at each other on the bench and solve their own problems).

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LeBron James scores 24, Cavs survive for 111-106 overtime win to end long losing streak at Indiana

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 1, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS: LeBron James was stifled throughout the second half Monday night, but came up with key baskets and a big offensive rebound when the Cavs needed it most.

James had 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and the Cavs held on for an ugly 111-106 overtime win against the Pacers, ending a 10-game losing streak at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Prior to Monday, the Cavs hadn’t won here since Jan. 29, 2010 – when Kyrie Irving was still in high school. Irving had 25 points and seven assists in his first career win here and Kevin Love added 19 points, eight rebounds and a big block in overtime.

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Pregame: Cavs at Pacers

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 1, 2016

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Bankers Life Fieldhouse

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

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Ty Lue happy to take a seat while coaching, focuses on 3-point shot when judging defense

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 1, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS: Jack Nicholson will be thrilled next month when the Cavaliers visit Staples Center. He’ll finally have a good view of the court.

Nicholson famously stood up from his courtside seat to scream at David Blatt during the Cavs game against the Lakers last season because Blatt was standing up and constantly blocking Nicholson’s view of the game. Lue is proving to be that unique coach who rarely stands during games.

“Those people buying those great front-row seats, you don’t want to be standing up in their way the whole time,” Lue joked Monday. “They paid a lot of money for those seats. I’d rather not stand up. I don’t like being seen that much. I really don’t.”

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Cavs 117, Spurs 103; Jason Lloyd's 24 thoughts on Kevin Love's comfort and signature victories

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 31, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twenty-four thoughts for 24 points from Kawhi Leonard in the Cavs’ 117-103 win Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs

1. It took Tyronn Lue one week to make Kevin Love feel more comfortable in this offense than he did in 18 months under David Blatt. It won’t always look this pretty, and it won’t always come this easy, but Love has played some of his best basketball (at least offensively) for the Cavs since the coaching change.

MORE: Cavs-Spurs box score

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