At 33 years old, he is having one of his best seasons and a fifth MVP award is a strong possibility: 27.2 points, nine assists, 8.2. rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per game and shooting 55.8% from the field, 38.9% on three-pointers and 77.7% from the foul line. Oladipo sank a 3-pointer to give the Pacers a 96-95 lead with 2:10 to go.
In London, Kyrie Irving had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds as Boston overcame a 22-point deficit to beat Philadelphia in the eighth National Basketball Association game played in England. IN shut out the Cavs over the final 3:57 and twice stopped James when he could have given the Cavs the lead. The Ringer's Zachary Kram pointed out that this is the first time in James's career that he's lost two games in a row by more than 25 points. Jordan, for example, is due $22.6 million this season and has a player option for 2018-19. If James hadn't stepped out on the baseline drive, we might not be talking about a win. And they were only two games removed from Saturday's victory in Orlando when they scored a season-high 131 points.
In recent years, it felt like Toronto was replaying the same season over and over: Excel in the regular season behind the individual brilliance of Lowry and DeRozan, then fall apart in the playoffs as each crumbled under the weight of opposing defences over the course of a seven-game series.
"That was just us trying to figure it out", he said.
Cavaliers: had 21 points and 10 assists and added 13 points, all in the first half.
The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 223 points with Cleveland set as a 1.5-point favorite.
He is now averaging 27.2 points, 9.0 assists, 8.2 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks. Klay Thompson is expected to play after missing Wednesday's home loss to the Clippers for rest purposes. It is obvious that Thomas still hasn't gotten his legs back under him.
After the game, James described Stephenson as a "dirty" player. Turner has been out with an injured right elbow. Whether we lost the game tonight or won the game tonight doesn't define who we are.
"We're a veteran team and we know what we're capable of, and it can't be so easy for us to get in those lulls and not try to dig ourselves out of them", Cavaliers forward Kevin Love told ESPN prior to the Toronto loss.
James was angry during a second-quarter timeout, imploring his teammates to play better and with more effort. "Every night is a different animal that you've got to attack, and our job and our approach is to be consistent as much as possible each night".
"You're talking about people instead of computers or statistics, you're talking about feelings, a guy maybe had a long day or whatever", said Casey.
Pacers: Begin a five-game road trip at Phoenix on Sunday.
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