LeBron James led all scorers with 27 points.
Casey said that he does not want any player on his team to back down from any opponent when testosterone levels start to rise during a game.
Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie came up one rebound short of a triple-double with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in Brooklyn's 110-105 win over the Hawks.
"It feels good, but at the end of the day it's about matchups", Thompson said.
"If guys have agendas", Lue said, "we've got to get rid of our agendas and play the right way". The Ringer's Zachary Kram pointed out that this is the first time in James's career that he's lost two games in a row by more than 25 points.
Victor Oladipo scored 19 points in the win over Cleveland Friday night. It's going to be a whole different type of game, and we've got to be ready for that. Stephenson had one of his best games of the year and finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. "I just felt like I was a little off rhythm-wise".
Asked if James said anything to him, Stephenson said, "Nah".
"We've all got to be accountable for actions, accountable for how we play, how hard we play, what we're doing for one another", James told reporters after the game. They caught me on the retaliation. "He played well, though". He's a damn good basketball player, too. The Golden State Warriors haven't lost a road game since November 22. IN shut out the Cavs over the final 3:57 and twice stopped James when he could have given the Cavs the lead.
DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points to power the Toronto Raptors (26-10) to a 124-115 victory at Chicago while Greek standout Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 10 rebounds in Milwaukee's 122-101 home romp over Indiana. Then, after Collison made a free throw to give the Pacers a 97-95 lead, James' desperation shot from beyond the arc rattled off the rim at the buzzer.
Through half a season and counting, the Raptors have had a chance to win in nearly all them, and more often than not have done just that.
"Lance is just a little dirty", LeBron said after Cleveland's 3rd straight loss.
"The guys did a great job, " said DeRozan, who scored 13 points with eight assists and three rebounds. It's the first time in 10 Central Division games Cleveland failed to score at least 100.
Larry Nance Jr. had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who blew an early 19-point lead before running away in the fourth quarter. "I was talking at the beginning of the game about how sweet it would be to beat Cleveland for a third time". IN was 10 of 21 on 3s just two days after going a season-worst 1 of 18 from beyond the arc. IN is 17-5 when making 10 or more 3s in a game.
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While Rose and Shumpert continue recovering from injuries, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue made a decision to give Thomas and Wade extra rest because of the back-to-backs. Myles Turner missed his second consecutive game but could return against the Suns. Turner has been out with an injured right elbow. "We came out tentative for whatever reason". That was important after Jordan limped off the court with an ankle injury after scoring on a dunk with 5:15 left in the first half. "We got stops, we were able to get out in transition and then the threes started falling somewhere in the second quarter". Also, the fourth-ranked offense of the Cavaliers (offensive efficiency of 111.0) will square off against the 22nd-ranked defense of the Pacers (defensive efficiency of 107.9). "We've got to take advantage of that".