"Like I said before the game (Thursday), winning the game or losing the game (against Cleveland) doesn't make your season or break your season", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said after practice Friday. "It's on me to go out there, to understand how teams are going to play me, for me to understand how I can make my teammates excel at the highest level". Then, after Collison made a free throw to give the Pacers a 97-95 lead, James' desperation 3 bounced high off the rim as the buzzer sounded. As a result, IN faced a 24-6 deficit with 4:48 remaining IN the first quarter.
Now the Cavaliers have the weekend at home before hosting the defending champion Warriors who will probably have Stephen Curry back in the lineup.
The Cavs allowed 127 points or more for the third straight game. The Knicks took their 10 loss in 13 games. LeBron James led all scorers with 27 points.
"(The Cavs) have two first-round draft picks - including the heralded Brooklyn Nets' selection via the (Kyrie) Irving trade - but the superstar player whom the franchise could pursue with that pick has not been made available", Charania wrote.
Tyrone Wallace intercepted a pass at midcourt and drove in for a dunk with 10.9 seconds left, moments after what looked like a costly turnover by Lou Williams, and Los Angeles held off Sacramento after blowing a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. Frank Kaminsky scored 16, and Williams had 15 points. Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza added 18 points apiece and Eric Gordon 14. Kings: Play at Oklahoma City on Saturday. That stretch included a 130-103 rout by Washington on December 23. He scored 11 of his points in the fourth quarter and added seven assists.
OR secures victory against Arizona by 18 - Recap, Box score
After scoring 10 consecutive points, Arizona led 10-3. "It's a huge win, especially because OR is rolling right now", Alkins said. Allonzo Trier scored 25 points, Deandre Ayton added 24 and No. 17 Arizona used that late run to outlast OR 90-83 on Saturday.
However, he was infuriated by the lack of precision and drive in Thursday night's blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors.
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum each scored 23 points for Portland, which attempted 42 3-pointers and missed 30 of them. When a reporter referenced the comment, James was quick to point out that he never said the Cavs were guaranteed a rebirth in the playoffs.
Thomas, who will sit out at IN because he has not been cleared to play both nights of a back-to-back, finished with four points, two rebounds and three assists, hitting 2-of-15 field goals and 0-for-6 from long range. Darren Collison was huge with 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting. He also went 4 for 10 from the foul line. The Cavs shot 6-of-26 on three-pointers in the loss. Booker is just 21 years old, one of the young talented pieces the Suns hope to build around. On average they've won 64.6 games and the lowest number they've won in a full 82-game season is 58. The Ringer's Zachary Kram pointed out that this is the first time in James's career that he's lost two games in a row by more than 25 points.
Kent Bazemore had 16 points for the NBA-worst Hawks, who have lost five of six. "I was talking at the beginning of the game about how sweet it would be to beat Cleveland for a third time". It was the first game Harris has missed this season. Washington's Marcin Gortat was dominant inside, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds.