08 March, 2018
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. He said he spoke with his teammates about what happened but not with Jones, a former National Basketball Association player who has been on Tyronn Lue's staff for two seasons.
In addition to those 31 points, James grabbed seven rebounds and handed out seven assists.
The Cavs snapped a two-game slide and finished their season's longest homestand with a 2-3 mark.
"For us to come in here on a back to back and beat that team, they were doing everything they could to get that win".
Other than missing Green, Cleveland is also without starting center Tristan Thompson because of a sprained right ankle and starting power forward Kevin Love because of a broken left hand.
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Hassan Whiteside had 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Miami Heat to a 125-103 victory over the struggling Phoenix Suns and seventh spot in the east.
Detroit had just acquired Blake Griffin in a big trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, but Griffin wouldn't make his debut until the Pistons' next game on February 1. Drummond contributed 15 points and nine boards, but only took five shots. Assists-Detroit 17 (I.Smith 6), Cleveland 29 (James 7). James made his first four shots (three of them 3s) and erupted for 15 points in the quarter.
Milwaukee, who dropped to eighth in the east, had a chance to tie the game but Giannis Antetokounmpo's three-point attempt from the wing hit the front of the rim as time expired.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin today revealed that the Cleveland Cavaliers suspended shooting guard JR Smith for last night's games against the Sixers because he threw a bowl of soup at Cavs assistant coach Damon Jones.
Cleveland went on to lead by as many as nine before going into the locker room up 54-49 at halftime, at which time Nance, often playing off James, had already matched his career high with 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting while pulling down 10 rebounds. Nance, acquired in a trade from the Lakers on February 8, is averaging 10.0 points and 6.6 boards since joining Cleveland. That's two games in a row in which Smith has failed to score in the first two quarters. He was actually heading up recently, with three straight double-digit rebound games before the Nuggets loss.
On the season, the Pistons are averaging 103.9 points, 43.2 rebounds and 22.6 assists.