LeBron reached a new milestone for the Cavs
Another game another milestone.
LeBron James became the first player in Cleveland Cavaliers (32-14) history to score 20,000 points for the franchise on Sunday.He came in needing six points to hit the mark and reached it with a layup early in the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-20).
Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 29 points and 10 assists, James finished with 25 points 14 boards and 8 assists and even Tristan Thomas boarded the double-double train with 19 points and 12 rebounds.It was a solid win for the East’s number one team after a rough week and a half; dropping 6 of 8 games and the internal drama of LeBron criticizing the team’s roster and asking for another play maker to match the now fully fledged Golden State Warriors.
“We just want to play good basketball and tonight we did that,” James said. “It started with the defensive end.”
To match the stellar play of Russell Westbrook who finished with 20 points 12 rebounds and 10 assists, they threw guard Iman Shumpert on him most of the game.Shumpert’s solid D caused Westbrook to shoot 7 for 26, slowing him down just enough to halt the Thunders win streak at 3 games.
“Russell’s seen every imaginable defense,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “He had some good looks, both in deep and in the free-throw line area. He had some 3s. It was a game where maybe shots didn’t go down for him, but I didn’t feel he was laboring to get shots off or he was having a difficult time getting to the rim.
“It was one of those games.”
More storm clouds could be brewing up on the horizon for the Cavs as fellow All-Star Kevin Love, who didn’t play in the second half and isn’t traveling with the team today to undergo an MRI on his back to find out the cause of his worrisome back spasms.
Cleveland’s next game is tonight at Dallas Mavericks(17-30).
OKC will visit the San Antonio Spurs(36-11) on Tuesday.