LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers conditioned themselves ahead of their Christmas day matchup against the Golden State Warriors with 119-99 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
James led the Cavaliers with 19 points and Kevin Love notched a double-double, 14 points, and 15 rebounds. Kyrie Irving posted 13 points and 10 assists while Tristan Thompson added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The Cavaliers started the game strong, ending the first quarter with a 29-15 lead. The Nets tried to bounce back in the second quarter and managed to cut the lead down to 12. However, the Cavaliers “Big Three” continued to be unstoppable in the third quarter where they established a 46-point lead.
This led for Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue to rest his stars LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving with four minutes remaining in the third. The Nets struggled on the offensive end and only scored 17 points against the Cavaliers’ 32 points. Lue also decided to remove Tristan Thompson late in the third.
With the Cavs’ “Big Three” out, Brook Lopez, who scored 16 points, and the Nets took advantage of the situation and managed to get back to their rhythm. However, the Cavaliers’ lead was too wide for the Nets to overturn the outcome of the game. The Cavaliers earned their fourth straight victory by defeating the Nets, 119-99.
“There will definitely be high emotions in both locker rooms,” Irving said. “That’s a given. If you’re not getting up for this game, all the great players who will be on the floor at one time, you shouldn’t be in there.”
LEBRON JAMES, CAVS GETTING READY FOR A REMATCH WITH GSW
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are set to face the Golden State Warriors on Christmas day. Though the Cavaliers are the reigning NBA champions, the Warriors are expected to have the advantage of the matchup after acquiring Kevin Durant last summer.
Their game against the Nets gave the Cavaliers the opportunity to rest their superstars for their next game.
“It’s great,” James said. “Christmas Day for our fans is the biggest day for our season, besides we have All-Star and then finals. I’m happy I’m part of it once again.”
Per NBA.com, Cavaliers starting shooting guard J.R. Smith will miss their upcoming game due to a thumb injury. After having a surgery, Smith is expected to be sidelined for 12-14 weeks.
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