CAVALIERS SCORE FIRST 21 POINTS, HOLD ON TO BEAT HORNETS
By: Takudzwa Makoni
Lebron James had 27 points, 13 assists and Love added 22 points and 18 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to a 97-88 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
The Cavaliers jumped to a 21-0 lead, but the Hornets regrouped and got within two points early in the third quarter before Cleveland pulled away.
“Being 21 down against an elite team on their floor is tough to overcome,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. “We played a good enough offensive game to win, but our first-quarter defense was obviously poor.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers, with their rookie coach and super-star starting unit seem to have figured out their chemistry, as their season high home win streak coincides with Lebron assuming the role of facilitator, as most of their recent wins come with Lebron in double-figure assist mode.
James is of course a noted finisher, and the highlights of the game came on two length-of-the-floor passes from Kevin Love to a streaking Lebron, who tomahawked both possessions emphatically.
Kyrie Irving scored 16 for the Cavs and Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson led the Hornets with 24 and 16 respectively.
Cleveland has won 6 straight at home.