Kevin Love was a late scratch in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ match-up with the Phoenix Suns on Thursday. Missing the power forward did not matter with Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and company getting the easy 118-103 win at home.
Irving had 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting while LeBron had a near-triple-double with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 15 assists. The Cavs led 29-21 after the first quarter and was in total control at halftime, 59-41.
Cavs too much firepower at home even without Love
The Suns tried a comeback in the third and outscored the Cavs, 35-30. But the double-digit lead was too much and the Cavs easily improved to 19-3 at home this season. The Cavs bounced back from their blowout loss to NBA Finals rivals Golden State Warriors but has lost three of their last five games.
Phoenix dropped to 5-17 on the road and 13-29 overall, still one of the worst records in the entire league and the worst in the West. The Suns have lost four of their last five games though the previous four games were all close ones.
Veteran shooter James Jones started for Love and played well with 14 points and 4 three-pointers. Fellow veteran shooter Channing Frye added 18 points off the bench also with 4 three-pointers plus 10 rebounds. Iman Shumpert finished with 17 points on a starting role.
The Suns’ starters played well with four players ending up in double-figures. Tyson Chandler had 22 points and 16 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe had 22 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. But the Cavaliers’ bench outscored the Suns’ reserves, 36-14 in this game.
Cleveland has to find their rhythm soon with an upcoming match-up against West powerhouse San Antonio Spurs in their next game. It gets easier after that with match-ups against New Orleans, Sacramento and Brooklyn.
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