By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
No Anthony Davis, no problem. The New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-122 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La.
The Pelicans improved to 18-27 overall. The Cavaliers fell to 30-13.
Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 49 points, two rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block. LeBron James added a triple-double, as he had 26 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists and two steals. Kevin Love contributed 22 points, 16 rebounds and six assists.
Fellow starters Tristan Thompson and Iman Shumpert combined for 12 points. Thompson had seven rebounds and a block. Shumpert had two rebounds, two assists and a steal.
The Cavaliers shot 46.2% from the field. They were 84% from the free throw line and 40.5% from beyond the arc.
Irving made eight three-pointers, while Shumpert mad two three-pointers. James, Love, Kyle Korver, Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye had a three-point basket each.
Cleveland had 13 bench points. Korver and Jefferson led these players with five points each. Korver also had four rebounds and Jefferson had two rebounds.
Terrence Jones led the Pelicans with 36 points, 11 rebounds, an assist, two steals and three blocks. Jrue Holiday added 33 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and two blocks. Danté Cunningham had 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and a block.
Fellow starters Solomon Hill and Buddy Hield combined for four points. Hill also had two rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Hield had two rebounds, an assist and a block.
They shot 49.4% from the field. They were 73.3% from the free throw line and 41% from three-point line.
Holiday had four three-pointers, while Jones and Langston Galloway added three three-pointers. Cunningham and Donatas Motiejunas had two three-pointers. Tyreke Evans and Hield also had a three-pointer each.
New Orleans had 31 bench points. Motiejunas led these players with 14 points, four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block.
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