On a record-setting night, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James came within one rebound of a triple-double and scored eight points in the final four minutes to lead the Cavs to a 107-102 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday night.
"I'm sure it'll be tough but he's watched our games from afar and I know he's itching to get back", acting coach Larry Drew said before the game.
Lue announced he was leaving the club on March 19, saying he experienced chest pains and "other troubling symptoms" this season.
It's still not clear when Lue will return to the team in a full capacity, but he could be back in the near future.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Lue is planning to rejoin the Cavs on Friday as more of an "observer".
The Cavaliers are 45-30 and third in the Eastern Conference standings.
Shooting guard J.R. Smith missed the team's morning shootaround due to illness, but was in uniform.
James scored eight straight over a two-minute stretch to help the Cavs build a 105-98 advantage with 1:59 to go.
The fourth quarter was a back and forth affair until LeBron James woke up and took over.
Love sat out Wednesday's game after suffering a concussion on Tuesday.
Lue will not coach the game, sources told ESPN.
Cleveland point guard Jose Calderon entered Friday with 899 career 3-pointers.
Jrue Holiday led the Pelicans (43-33) with 25 points and Nikola Mirotic, who was shooting 29 percent from the field in his previous 10 games, had 20 points and seven rebounds.
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