CLEVELAND: The Cavs went scoreless over the final 5 ˝ minutes of the second quarter and trailed by as many as 22, concluding a terrible homestand with a 100-89 loss Tuesday to the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Cavs led 44-40 in the second quarter when the offense disintegrated much as it did in Sunday’s loss to the Phoenix Suns. The Cavs missed their last nine shots of the half and the Pelicans scored 16 consecutive points to take command of the game. They still led by 17 with five minutes left and sailed to their third win in a row.
Anthony Bennett reappeared in Mike Brown’s rotation and set a career-high with 15 points and tied his career-high with 8 rebounds in a season-high 31 minutes. Tyler Zeller, starting in place of Anderson Varejao, had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Dion Waiters had 21 points off the bench and Kyrie Irving had 23 points and 5 assists.
Anthony Davis had 30 points, 7 rebounds and 8 blocks for the Pelicans, who were playing without All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday (stress fracture) and second-leading scorer Ryan Anderson (back). Yet the Pelicans managed to shoot 53 percent.
The Cavs concluded the homestand a disappointing 1-4. They’ll play at the New York Knicks on Thursday in a nationally televised game.