Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Lebron James and Tristan Thompson get heated

Lebron James and Tristan Thompson get heated

That and the Cavs had been mired in a slump entering the game, having gone 7-10 for the month of March. Against the lowly Sixers, Cleveland regained some of its swagger. The Cavs need to be united before setting off what promises to be a much tougher road through the East, where teams like the Celtics, Washington Wizards and even the Chicago Bulls, who went 4-0 against the Cavs this season, don't fear James and Co.

"He was protecting me from getting shoved", James said.

NEW ORLEANS - DeMarcus Cousins had 37 points and 13 rebounds in his first game against his old team as New Orleans routed Sacramento. They were both mad and frustrated, but that's what you want to see. The team has been plagued with injuries and were without key players like Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, and Kyle Korver for many games, in addition to signing Andrew Bogut, only to see his season end after less than a minute of play in a Cavs uniform.

Rubio shot 4 of 5 on 3-pointers and Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points for the Timberwolves (30-44), who have now won more games than they did last season.

"I feel it's my time now".

The Cavs looked like they had won in the first OT when Smith took a pass from James and hit a left-corner three to put them up 114-113 with 2.8 seconds left, but things got real insane from there.

On the other hand, this stretch of the regular season is clearly not the Cavs' favorite time of year, as they're not always locked in and ready for a fight.

The Cavs tied things with 1:01 left when James took a baseline inbounds pass from Deron Williams with 1.9 seconds on the shot clock and hit a step-back jumper.

Stephenson played for the Pelicans and Timberwolves this season and hasn't practiced with the Pacers. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue came over, grabbed his arm and tried to get his players to make up.

The Cavs, who allowed the Bulls to shoot 48% on 3-pointers, were adamant that the defense and effort were there.

Kyrie Irving (23 points) made some huge free throws to put the game away.

Stephenson scored his first points for the Pacers at the 8:47 mark in the second quarter to cut the lead to three. Instead, it was veteran shooter James Jones who voiced out his frustration. An MRI showed Covington had a "slight" meniscus tear.

Booker, three games removed from his 70-point outburst in Boston, missed Tuesday's game in Atlanta with a sore right ankle.

To Thompson's credit, afterwards, he added, "We're family". "You don't just click your heels and jump into a National Basketball Association playoff". They got in each other's way and George drained it. James and Thompson looked at each other then, and after the 3-ball later in the period, the situation erupted.

"I'm filled with a lot of confidence", Rubio said.

Clifford, on defending Westbrook: "This was one of the best defensive games we've played in a while. I think he saw LeBron went down.He fell, and it was kind of weird because I didn't think he was going to fall as big as he was", Anderson said.

The Chicago Bulls, who won on Sunday, are now one game clear of IN and Miami.

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