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January 11, 2020
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Clippers no match for Cavs

first_imgWith upcoming games later this week against Miami and the Lakers, the Cavs, now 7-1 at home against Western Conference teams, needed a relaxing night and the Clippers seemed only too willing to give them one. Playing the second game of a back-to-back after losing in New York on Tuesday, the Clippers had early energy and then faded. “To be a quality team in this league, you have to be consistent about stuff you do,” guard Sam Cassell said. “Right now, we’re not having that consistency.” Clippers forward Corey Maggette was inactive, one day after he criticized coach Mike Dunleavy following the club’s loss in New York. Maggette, second on the team in scoring and rebounding, was unhappy about playing just 17 minutes against the Knicks, who overcame a 10-point deficit to win. “It’s just more of Dunleavy’s (stuff) again,” said Maggette, who recently had a meeting with owner Donald Sterling, Dunleavy and general manager Elgin Baylor to end trade speculation about the seven-year veteran. “I don’t get it, I really don’t. It’s crazy. I put in work. I deserve to play. It’s totally mind-boggling to me.” The Clippers said Maggette was out with the flu. The Cavaliers were just 1-of-13 to open the second quarter before Ilgauskas hit a jumper to snap a 35-all tie. Hughes then scored nine straight points and Cleveland closed the period with a 10-2 spurt to open a 54-43 halftime lead. Clippers notes: Forward Tim Thomas hyperextended his right knee in the third quarter but returned after getting the injury wrapped. … Cavs guard Damon Jones has spent the past few days practicing for the 3-point contest during All-Star Weekend by shooting off racks of balls. He’s not officially entered but that word should come today from the NBA. “I will win,” he said. “There is no doubt about it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CLEVELAND – LeBron James did not lead the Cavaliers in scoring, rebounds, assists, dunks or anything vital. And this time, it didn’t matter. “Guys took advantage of what we had,” James said. “I didn’t struggle at all. I didn’t force anything. I took what was there. Defensively, we took care of business.” Cleveland held the Clippers to 35 percent shooting and without a field goal for a nearly 9-minute stretch bridging the third and fourth quarters. “We’re trying to figure out ways to score and get stops when LeBron doesn’t have one of his normal nights,” Cavs coach Mike Brown said. “It’s kind of been by committee.” Elton Brand led the Clippers with 21 points, and Shaun Livingston added 19 for the Clippers, who have dropped three in a row. Leading by 11 at halftime and 13 after three quarters, the Cavaliers pushed their lead to 21 with 5:15 remaining when James drilled a 3-pointer. center_img Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 16 points with a season-high 16 rebounds, Larry Hughes added 15 points, and the Cavs hardly needed James in an easy 94-77 victory over the Clippers on Tuesday night. James scored 11 points – three above his season low and 15 below his average – and spent the first half of the fourth quarter watching as the scuffling Cavaliers, who came in just 4-8 since Jan. 16, won their fifth straight at home against the Clippers. last_img read more