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 shook off his flu symptoms to score 26 points Monday, leading a depleted Cleveland Cavaliers squad to a 90-82 home victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Channing Frye -- who has also been battling the flu -- added 14 points off the bench for the NBA champion Cavaliers, who rallied despite enduring one of their worst shooting nights of the season.

Kevin love scored 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds before departing 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. Overall the Cavaliers connected on just 37.8 percent of their shots from the floor.