Cavs(45-22) Vs Utah(43-26)
|Cavs won Their 32 games from last 38 home game against West.With 10,286 career field goals, |
Cavs won and Kevin Love returned to game action nearly two weeks early from knee surgery. Love return after 13 games for Cavs. Cavs won Their 32 games from last 38 home game against West.
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Cavs players have already missed a whopping 112 games due to injury or illness this season. With Love's return Thursday and Kyle Korver's imminent return from a sore left foot, Lue has been counting the minutes until he finally has a full complement of healthy players with which to defend the 2016 title.
Derrick Williams was ruled out before this one with a right quad bruise. Then Shumpert hurt his shoulder. And Irving bowed out.
James was 13 of 20 from the field and had 10 rebounds with six assists. He also moved into 13th place all time in field goals in the fourth quarter, passing Tim Duncan.
Irving, who scored 21 points, didn't play in the fourth quarter because of tightness in his left knee. Shumpert sprained his left shoulder in the third quarter.
Lue said ,"It's part of the game , It's a long season. We're not the only team that's going through it. A lot of teams are going through it. It's just part of a long season. You're going to get some nick knacks, you're going to get banged up, but fortunately for us our guys are OK."
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Shumpert, who has been starting at shooting guard for nearly three months, is listed as day-to-day.Rudy Gobert led Utah with 20 points and 18 rebounds. The Jazz, who played in Detroit on Wednesday, seemed to run out of gas down the stretch.
James hit two free throws to put Cleveland ahead midway through the fourth. He drove down the lane for a thunderous dunk and added a 3-pointer, giving Cleveland an 84-77 lead.
The Jazz cut the margin to 84-81, James took over in the fourth quarter with 17 points. He finished with 10 rebounds and six assists, and now has nine double-doubles in his last 10 games. His layup with 2:12 to go put Cleveland ahead 86-81, and then he found J.R. Smith (12 points) in the corner with 1:10 remaining for a 3-pointer and an 89-83 advantage. James added another layup with 1:03 to go. Cavs got a win with 91-83.
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