LeBron James still has hopes for new-look Cavaliers despite Wizards loss

Sunday, 25 Feb, 2018

In their first game following the All-Star break, the Memphis Grizzlies fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-89 on Friday night at FedExForum.

Cavaliers guard George Hill, left, drives against Grizzlies guard Andrew Harrison during the first half. He recorded a triple-double (18 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists) in 37 minutes of action.

Kevin Durant had 21 points and eight assists, Klay Thompson added 19 points, and Draymond Green contributed 13 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals.

The Grizzlies started the third on an 11-3 run to grab a 60-57 lead with 8:42 remaining in the third before Cleveland once again responded. Washington's small lineup outscored the Cavs by 17 points in nine minutes of burn; all told, the Wizards were a +15 in 32 minutes with Oubre on the floor, and a -8 in 16 minutes without him.

Knicks 120, Magic 113: Trey Burke came off the bench with a season-high 26 points and six assists to help visiting NY break an eight-game losing streak. Up ahead of them is a marquee road matchup with the San Antonio Spurs this Sunday. Tune into FOX Sports Southeast presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners or listen on 92.9 FM ESPN.

Nance Sr.is the Cavaliers' all-time leader in blocks per game, and he's got the third-best field goal percentage in franchise history. The most games James played before resting was in 2008-09 when he played the first 81 before sitting out the season finale. Every single night that is who we want to be, that is the message that we're sending.

"I think we played well tonight, even though we lost", James said.

Hood said the Wizards were hit with a retractive delay of game warning after the refs reviewed the play at halftime, but that was it in terms of in-game punishment.

Grizzlies: Evans left the game near the midway point of the fourth with a right rib injury and did not return. I have no idea of what degree it is yet.

A layup by Lance Thomas early in the fourth quarter put the Knicks ahead permanently and launched an 18-6 run that produced a 113-102 lead. For our guys, it is a good opportunity to test themselves and be prepared for it.

"I really forgot all about it", Lue said of the controversy surrounding his decision to rest James, Love and Irving last season. "It's hard to keep somebody off the court when they can play some defense".

"He has a 7-foot wingspan, so trying to throw the ball over his head in transition, he's always going to be able to get to those", said Lue.

"Obviously, in the '80s you had ... the Lakers who dominated the league at one point then you had the Celtics dominate the league", LeBron continued.

"Tonight we still played to our game", James said.