By STEVE HERRICKAssociated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cavaliers’ sleeveless black jerseys already had LeBron James’ stamp of approval, although a change in sneakers might need been the distinction Friday night time.
James had 27 factors, 16 rebounds and 13 assists, J.R. Smith made the tiebreaking free throw with 48 seconds left, and Cleveland prolonged its successful streak to seven straight with a 100-99 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
James had season highs in rebounds and assists in his 57th profession triple-double. He switched from yellow to black sneakers after scoring six factors within the first half.
“I am a little bit bizarre typically,” he mentioned. “I wasn’t enjoying properly, to my requirements. I wished to try to make my second half higher than my first half and I used to be in a position to make a few performs.”
For Black Friday, the Cavaliers wore black uniforms. Cleveland additionally wore black jerseys when it received the primary championship in franchise historical past, however the present version is minus the sleeves from Sport 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
James is 41-6 within the common season towards Charlotte and the Cavaliers have received 12 of 13, together with eight straight towards the Hornets.
After Smith break up a pair from the road, each groups missed Three-point makes an attempt and Charlotte referred to as time with 11.1 seconds left. Jeremy Lamb missed a Three-pointer after the Hornets inbounded at midcourt and the rebound was tapped out to Kemba Walker, however his Three-point try fell properly quick after James obtained a hand on the shot.
James pressured Walker to move the ball on the inbounds play, however the Hornets had one final likelihood when after Marvin Williams batted the rebound towards midcourt.
“I appeared up on the timer and there was nonetheless one second left,” James mentioned. “I simply tried to fly to get one other contest. We had been in a position to get the cease that we wanted.”
Smith had 16 factors, whereas Kevin Love had 11 factors and 13 rebounds for Cleveland.
Dwight Howard had 20 factors and 13 rebounds for Charlotte, which fell to 1-Eight on the street. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams scored 17 factors for the Hornets, whose three-game successful streak ended.
“That is the best way Cleveland performs. They seem to be a battle-tested staff with these guys,” Williams mentioned. “That is why they have been to the Finals three straight years and LeBron has been there seven straight years.”
Howard’s two free throws and Kidd-Gilchrist’s layup following James’ turnover gave Charlotte a 98-93 lead.
James made a foul shot and transformed a three-point play, slicing the result in one. Kidd-Gilchrist hit a free throw however James scored on a drive that tied the sport with 1:48 left.
Cavaliers level guard Derrick Rose left the staff earlier this week to deal with a private matter. Coach Tyronn Lue expects Rose, who has performed in simply seven of Cleveland’s 19 video games this season due to a left ankle damage, to return to the staff.
Hornets: G Nicolas Batum (bruised left elbow) was unavailable after being re-injured Wednesday towards Washington and is day after day. He has solely performed in 5 video games due to elbow accidents. Lamb returned to the beginning lineup in Batum’s spot. … Charlotte’s solely street win got here towards Memphis on Oct. 30.
Cavaliers: Rose sustained his damage whereas driving to the basket on Oct. 20 in Milwaukee. He is averaging 14.Three factors in his first season with Cleveland. … G Iman Shumpert (sore left knee) might return Monday after lacking his third straight recreation.
Howard missed all three of his discipline purpose makes an attempt within the fourth quarter, however was 5 of 6 on the free throw line. He was 6 of 9 for the sport.
“They double-teamed me after I obtained the ball and did not permit me to get into a great rhythm down the stretch,” he mentioned.
Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue was happy with the Cavaliers’ protection down the stretch
“The blokes perceive what we’re doing and what we would like,” he mentioned. “Within the second half we held them to 42 factors, which was nice.”
Hornets: Host San Antonio on Saturday.
Cavaliers: Journey to Philadelphia on Monday.
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