Cleveland Cavaliers' benefit of the doubt disappearing after new lows


If the Raptors' rout of the rival Cleveland Cavaliers was a clash of styles, then their game Saturday against the visiting Golden State Warriors will be more like the students taking on the masters.

James, who finished Friday night's game with 27 points on 11-of-25 shooting from the field (2-of-9 from beyond the arc), 11 assists, eight rebounds, three steals, and one block, recounts his battles with Stephenson over the years during his post-game presser.

Meanwhile, the Warriors picked up their 11th consecutive road win despite playing a second straight game without Stephen Curry.

The leaguewide 3-point record is going to get shattered, again. The Raptors, looks like the best Raptors team of this era, with DeMar DeRozan playing at an all-star level. You can lose games, but you can't get blown out. Toronto forward Serge Ibaka will return from a one-game suspension, the result of an altercation against the Heat.

The Golden State Warriors look for another victory after winning eight of their last 10 games. At this point, three and a half, four years in this thing, I hope not. He's not a flashy passer and no one will mistake him for Chris Paul, but DeRozan has been better this season at simply finding the open man and swinging the ball to shooters, when in the past he was more likely to take a less-than-ideal shot.

Anthony Davis scored 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to spark New Orleans to a 108-98 victory at Utah while Gary Harris scored 36 points off 14-of-17 shooting to power Denver over visiting Phoenix 134-111. Going into Thursday, seven teams were within five games of each other for the final five playoff spots in the East - and six teams within five games are in the mix for the final four spots out West.

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At Minnesota, the game was virtually over when the Timberwolves jumped out to a 20-4 lead on the Cavs.

Stephenson had 16 points and 11 rebounds to help IN erase a 22-point, first-half deficit and beat Cleveland 97-95. LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points and 14 rebounds in a losing cause.

The Pacers also won't have Myles Turner for a few games with an elbow injury; the Cavs tonight played without Isaiah Thomas, and Cleveland was also reeling, having lost seven out of nine games.

Hood was forced to leave Wednesday's game against Washington after receiving a second technical foul. "We didn't really push, didn't really attack", Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said.

Dwyane Wade said: "Sometimes you get in a slump, guys start worrying about me, me, me".

Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds, made a driving layup with 3:13 left to cut Cleveland's lead to 95-93. It's things we can fix, that's the good thing about it, we just have to do it and we have to do it now.