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LeBron, Irving hold off Harden, Rockets in high-scoring affair as Cavs remain perfect

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LeBron James, Kyle Korver
LeBron James, Kyle Korver

The Cleveland Cavaliers have no problem if opponents force them to a high-scoring fast-paced affair. Against the high-octane Houston Rockets, LeBron James’ team won 128-120 behind on Tuesday night.

LeBron had a near triple-double of 19 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Kyrie Irving continues to be the top scorer in Cleveland finishing with 32 points in this one with 4-of-6 three-pointers. Kevin Love added 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting for the Cavaliers, which remain undefeated this season.

James Harden had another great game for the Rockets with 41 points and 15 assists but the Rockets’ defense was lacking in the fourth quarter, when they gave up 43 points. The Cavs shot 13-of-15 from the field in the final quarter marking what was a poor effort from Houston on the defensive end.

LeBron was all praises for his point guard post-game. Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni also admitted that it was tough playing a good shooter like Irving.

“He’s growing every day,” LeBron James said via ESPN. “He’s only 24 years old. He’s special.”

The Rockets had their chances of stealing this road game trailing by just three points, 119-116 with 1:23 left in the game. However, J.R. Smith fired a dagger three to end the game to give the Cavaliers their best start in 16 years. Smith had 15 points with five three-pointers in the game.

The Rockets shot 47.8% from the field but allowed the Cavaliers to shoot 50.0% from three and 51.8% overall.

Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison/ Flickr

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