Cleveland hosts Charlotte, aims to stop home slide
Charlotte Hornets (38-42, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (19-62, 14th in the Eastern Conference)
Oakland, California; Friday, 10:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Cleveland aims to stop its seven-game slide with a win against Golden State.
The Warriors have gone 28-11 at home. Golden State...
Cleveland Cavaliers (19-59, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Sacramento Kings (38-40, ninth in the Western Conference)
Cavaliers send Suns to franchise-record 16th straight loss
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love's presence makes an obvious difference for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Playing his third game since returning from foot surgery, Love had 16 points and 11 rebounds...
Cavs send Knicks to franchise-record 17th straight loss
CLEVELAND (AP) — The New York Knicks' franchise-record 17th straight loss might have been the toughest one to take.
The Knicks erased a 17-point deficit in the second half and had several chances to take the lead or tie the game in the final minute before falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-104 on Monday night.
"It's incredibly hard," said guard Dennis Smith Jr. "No one wants to lose, especially 17 in a row. Tonight would've been major for us if we'd have pulled it out."
Cavaliers hold off Wizards’ late comeback for 116-113 win
CLEVELAND (AP) — Larry Nance Jr. wasn't sure the clock would ever run out Tuesday night.
The Cavaliers' forward wasn't the only one. Cleveland nearly squandered a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter before holding off Washington's comeback for a 116-113 win over the Wizards.
"We were at like 32 seconds for three minutes, I swear," Nance said of the harrowing finish.
Cavs’ Nance could miss month with sprained knee
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. could miss a month with a sprained right knee ligament, another blow to the NBA's worst team.
Nance got hurt in the first quarter of Tuesday night's loss to Indiana and didn't return. The team said an MRI taken Thursday confirmed that he sprained his medial collateral ligament, and that he will be out for a minimum of two weeks.
Pacers send Cavaliers to 10th straight loss 123-115
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indiana Pacers found plenty to be displeased about after a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Pacers were upset that they had to make several plays in the closing minutes to hold off Cleveland 123-115 and send the Cavaliers to their 10th straight loss.
Indiana led 38-14 late in the first quarter and was ahead by 23 points in the third against the team with the worst record in the league. But the game got close down the stretch.
Nance’s tip gives Cavs rare road win as Pacers’ streak ends
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Larry Nance Jr. put himself in perfect position to make the final play Tuesday night.
After outwrestling Victor Oladipo in front of the basket, the Cleveland Cavaliers center waited patiently as he anticipated Rodney Hood's errant layup then threw up his right hand and barely beat the buzzer.
Nance Jr. staying home with Cavs, signs 4-year extension
CLEVELAND (AP) — Larry Nance Jr. looked out at the crowd gathered in the gym and knew he made the right choice.
He's staying home.
"I'm one of you guys," he said. "I really am. I'm a Cleveland guy at heart."
Nance signed a $44.8 million, four-year contract extension on Monday with the Cavaliers, the team his father starred for and the one he hopes to help rebuild without LeBron James.
Cavs sign David Nwaba; guard played with Bulls last season
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers made another move in their post-LeBron James makeover, signing free-agent guard David Nwaba to a one-year contract.
The deal is for the veteran's minimum of $1.5 million.
The 25-year-old Nwaba played for Chicago last season, averaging 7.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in 70 games. The 6-foot-4 guard made 21 starts.
BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James and the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers won't get any sympathy from the Celtics when they return to Boston for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Already laboring to reach his eighth straight NBA Finals with a supporting crew made mostly of cast-offs and throw-ins, James lost the only other All-Star on the roster on Saturday when Kevin Love was declared out for the series finale with a concussion.
Celtics, Cavs scuffle in first half of Game 5
BOSTON (AP) — Boston's Marcus Morris and Cleveland's Larry Nance Jr. had to be pulled apart in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night after a hard defensive play by Morris sent Nance to the floor.
Morris and Nance both went up for a pass, and the Cavaliers forward wound up crashing into the first row of seats. Morris appeared to wander over and say something, prompting Nance to jump up and body check him; Morris responded with a one-handed shove to the face.
LeBron, Cavs cruise to 120-95 blowout over sinking Suns
CLEVELAND (AP) — As his teammates circled around LeBron James before the opening tip, things looked different.
They felt different, too.
"Our huddle was almost complete," James said.
After months of chaos, the Cavaliers may be coming together at just the right time.
James scored 27 points in just three quarters, Kevin Love added 20 and Cleveland welcomed back three players from injury during a 120-95 blowout Friday night over the sinking Phoenix Suns, who lost their 10th straight game.
Cavs get 3 players back from injuries
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers are closer to being at full strength.
Forwards Larry Nance Jr., Tristan Thompson, and Rodney Hood all returned from injuries on Friday night as Cleveland, which has been riddled with injuries all season, hosted the Phoenix Suns. Acting coach Larry Drew said none of the players will start and all will be on minutes' restrictions.
Kevin Love to return for Cavaliers against Milwaukee
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will return Monday after missing six weeks because of a broken left hand.
Cleveland was 11-9 without Love, who was injured on Jan. 30. He's averaging 17.9 points and 9.4 rebounds in 48 games.
Associate head coach Larry Drew said Love's minutes will be restricted in Cleveland's game against Milwaukee. Drew is running the team while coach Tyronn Lue takes a leave of absence to address health issues that have included chest pains and a loss of sleep.
James scores 39 as Cavs beat Nuggets 113-108
DENVER (AP) — LeBron James was knocking down shots no matter the angle, the degree of difficulty, the distance or the number of hands in his face.
Closing time just brings the best out in him. Still, as teammate Larry Nance Jr. aptly said of all James' off-balanced makes: "It was ridiculous."
James scored 39 points, including nine down the stretch, and dished out 10 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Denver Nuggets 113-108 on Wednesday night after squandering a 16-point, first-half lead.
LeBron, Nance power Cavaliers past Pistons 112-90
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 31 points before taking a seat on the bench, Larry Nance Jr. reached career highs with 22 points and 15 rebounds in his first start for Cleveland, and the Cavaliers closed a disappointing five-game homestand on a positive note with a 112-90 win Monday night over the Detroit Pistons, who haven't won on the road in nearly two months.
CLEVELAND (AP) — As Larry Nance Sr. waited in the hallway following the best game of his son's career, the former All-Star was approached by a young Cavaliers fan.
"I'm not Larry Nance Sr.," he said, reaching down to shake hands with the youngster. "I'm Larry Nance Jr.'s father."
James records triple-double as Cavs defeat Grizzlies 112-89
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Cleveland revamped its roster at the trade deadline. The Cavaliers' leader didn't change.
LeBron James had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in his 11th triple-double of the season, and the Cavaliers pulled away after a slow start to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 112-89 on Friday night.
Larry Nance Jr. to wear his dad’s retired No. 22 with Cavs
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers will again have a No. 22, and he looks eerily familiar.
Larry Nance Jr. is getting to honor his father by wearing his dad's retired No. 22 jersey with the Cavs, who worked with the NBA to make the unique tribute possible.
Donovan Mitchell wins Slam Dunk Contest after controversial Dennis Smith Jr. score
Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell won the Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Saturday, but many cried foul at a low score Dennis Smith Jr. received.
Mitchell's total score of 98 through the first two rounds placed him in the finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers' Larry Nance Jr., where Mitchell won with a dunk designed to pay tribute to Vince Carter, circa 2000, in a retro Toronto Raptors uniform.
Mitchell soars to dunk title, Booker sets 3-point record
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NBA dunk contest was a throwback in many ways, with a 21-year-old rookie and a 25-year-old, third-year pro fighting it out for the trophy.
Larry Nance Jr. rolled out his father's old uniform — down to the knee-high socks — and then rolled out his father himself to help with one of his dunks. But he came up short against Donovan Mitchell, the precocious Utah Jazz rookie with his own sense of history.
The Latest: Jazz rookie Mitchell wins slam dunk contest
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local):
Rookie Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz put on a show in the slam dunk contest to cap off NBA All-Star Saturday.
Mitchell edged Larry Nance Jr. by two points, sealing his victory with a close approximation of the 360-degree spin dunk that Vince Carter used to win the 2000 contest.
Lakers’ Channing Frye has appendectomy in Cleveland
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lakers forward Channing Frye has undergone an appendectomy.
The team announced Saturday that its new acquisition had the laparoscopic procedure Friday night in Cleveland.
The Lakers say Frye will be re-evaluated after he returns to Los Angeles next weekend.
Frye was spending the All-Star break in Ohio with his family. He was with the Cavaliers before being traded to the Lakers on Feb. 8 along with Isaiah Thomas in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
LeBron James remains NBA's top-selling jersey
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cavaliers struggles in January didn't have an effect on LeBron James jersey sales.
The Cavs star forward remains No. 1 on Dick's Sporting Goods best-selling jerseys chart. Teammate Kevin Love is ranked No. 12 for the season.
James has 37, new-look Cavs avenge loss to Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — LeBron James scored 37 points, and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers got a much different result this time against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 120-112 victory on Tuesday night.
It was Cleveland's second straight win since adding George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. in trades, and their fourth straight victory overall.
J.R. Smith added 18 points for the Cavaliers, who lost to the Thunder 148-124 on Jan. 20 with a very different roster.
James’ 37 lead Cavaliers past Thunder 120-112
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — LeBron James and his new teammates are playing like old buddies.
James scored 37 points, and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers got a much different result this time against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 120-112 victory on Tuesday night.
Truth is: Cavaliers beat Celtics 121-99 on Paul Pierce’s day
BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James led the new-look Cavaliers to a blowout in Boston with an individual performance reminiscent of the rivalry's heyday.
And this time, Paul Pierce was sitting courtside in street clothes, unable to do anything about it.
With the former Celtics great waiting to see his No. 34 raised to the Boston Garden rafters, James shook off a first-quarter leg injury to score 24 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds to give Cleveland a 121-99 victory on Sunday.
James and Cavs begin reboot with win over Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) — LeBron James had a triple-double and Kyle Korver scored a season-high 30 points, including four straight 3-pointers to close the third period, as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 123-107 on Friday night for a successful start to their reboot.
After whirlwind day, LeBron excited by Cavs’ new ‘pieces’
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James moved on quickly.
A day after the Cavaliers overhauled their roster with a tornado of trades that ripped through the NBA, James didn't dwell on what's lost, who's no longer around or how much time Cleveland has left to salvage its season.
"It is what it is, so let's get it going," he said Friday following the team's shootaround in Atlanta. "The front office made changes that they felt best fit this franchise. It's time to go to work."
CLEVELAND — New Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman blew up the roster before Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, with three major deals apparently made in hopes of convincing four-time league MVP LeBron James to remain in Cleveland after this season.
James had been increasingly upset about the Cavs’ roster inadequacies in his quest to bring a second championship to Cleveland and the chances seemed greater in recent days that James would opt out of his contract in July and sign elsewhere.
Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell to compete in Slam Dunk contest
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell will compete in the Slam Dunk contest during NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles after Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon left because of a hip injury.
Mitchell will play in the Rising Stars Challenge, but will no longer take part in the Skills Challenge. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder out of Louisville was the No. 13 overall pick and leads the Jazz with 19.7 points per game. He tops all rookies in points and 3-pointers made (115).
Ingram sends Lakers past Spurs to 3rd straight win, 93-81
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Halfway through another mostly miserable season, the young Los Angeles Lakers have put together their longest winning streak of the year.
Coach Luke Walton is eager to see whether they can maintain the momentum that's making their future look slightly less bleak.
Brandon Ingram scored 26 points, Lonzo Ball added 18 and the Lakers held off the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 93-81 on Thursday night for their third straight victory.
Lakers F Larry Nance Jr. has hand surgery, out 4-6 weeks
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. will be sidelined for at least four weeks after having surgery to repair his broken left hand.
Nance had surgery Friday.
The third-year forward broke a metacarpal bone in his hand during the Lakers' loss at Portland on Thursday night. He had started all eight games for Los Angeles this season, averaging 10.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.
Lakers exercise 2018-19 options on Brandon Ingram, Nance
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised their contract options on forwards Brandon Ingram and Larry Nance Jr. for the 2018-19 season.
The widely expected moves were announced Tuesday.
Ingram was the No. 2 overall pick out of Duke in the 2016 draft. The long-armed wing player averaged 9.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game as a rookie. While he still hasn't become the superstar scorer that the Lakers want, he is averaging 14.7 points in the first three games of this season.
Lakers’ Lonzo Ball misses practice with sprained ankle
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball has missed practice after mildly spraining his left ankle in a preseason game.
Ball sat out of Tuesday's workout along with Brandon Ingram, who bumped his head during the same preseason game Monday against Denver.
Coach Luke Walton said Ball will be re-evaluated Wednesday before the Lakers determine whether the No. 2 overall pick will play against the Nuggets in Ontario, California, that night.