OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma — LeBron James scored 37 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists as the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers(34-22) earned a 120-112 road victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (32-26) on Tuesday night.
“We’ve got to keep working,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. “It’s a process. You’ve got to keep playing well, keep getting better and hit that stride late.”
J.R. Smith ended the night with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, connecting on 6-of-9 from behind the three point line.
The Cavs received well balanced contribution from its newcomers. Both Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood finished with 14 points each. Larry Nance Jr. tallied a near double-double with 13 points and 9 rebounds ( 8 offensive rebounds) while point guard George Hill added 7 points and 4 assists and zero turnovers in 24 minutes of action.
The Cavs will return to play after the NBA All-Star Weekend as they host the Washington Wizards on February 22.
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Paul George scored 25 points and Carmelo Anthony 24 for the Thunder. Steven Adams added 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook scored 21 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds.
According to the Thunders coach Billy Donovan, the new look Cavs created problems with its latest acquisitions. The Cavaliers lost to the Thunder 148-124 on Jan. 20.
“I think their ability to space it, drive it, kick it, their skill level, I think — not that it was bad before, but I think the speed, probably the tempo and the pace they are playing at is a little bit faster,” he said.
The Thunder will visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post Sports
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