NBA: James Leads Ailing Cavs To Win Over Pelicans

NBA: James leads ailing Cavs to win over Pelicans

LOS ANGELES, Jan 3, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 03rd Jan, 2017 ) - LeBron James scored 26 points to lead the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers to a 90-82 home victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.

Channing Frye added 14 points off the bench for the NBA champion Cavaliers, who rallied for the win despite a rough shooting night. Kevin love scored 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds before departing for the locker room late in the fourth quarter because of illness.

Love connected on just five of 19 shots from the floor and missed all seven of his three-point attempts, but Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was grateful for his contribution.

"We didn't think he was going to be able to play," Lue said, noting that Love had lost 10 Pounds (4.5 kg) in the past two days after contracting food poisoning.

"He came out there and gave us 24 strong minutes, which we needed. Just his presence on the floor was big for us and for him to gut it out the way he did was big for us." Cleveland's starting backcourt of DeAndre Liggins and Jordan McRae combined to shoot just two of 10 in 34 minutes and neither played in the fourth quarter.