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Chandler leads Nuggets past Cavs 126-113

March 23, 2017

Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chamdler against Cleveland counterpart LeBron James.DENVER -- LeBron James's forgettable night included some statistical oddities like going minus-30 in 34 minutes and being the only player on either team to miss a free throw.

In East-leading Cleveland's stunningly thorough 126-113 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, James saw his Cavaliers get outscored 70-30 in the paint.

And the most painful of those points had to be from Nikola Jokic, who backed down James in the paint in a pivotal third-quarter possession, fending off plenty of contact for a hook shot that rocked the Pepsi Center.

"Nikola is not going to back down from anybody, and I think you've seen that from our team a little bit, whether we're playing Golden State, Cleveland, Boston, whoever it is, we're not going to back down," coach Michael Malone said after his Nuggets increased their lead to 1 1/2 games over idle Portland in the race for the final playoff spot in the West....

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LaVar Ball dismisses LeBron James, reiterates stars don't raise stars

March 23, 2017

A day after LeBron James told him to "keep my kids' name out of your mouth," LaVar Ball doubled down on his opinion that the children of star athletes don't themselves become star athletes.

"I gave an opinion on what I felt about no superstars' kids really being superstars and the fact that they have to live up to their parents or to their fathers or whatever. I have yet to see one, and I've been around for 50 years," Ball said in an interview with SiriusXM's "Full Ride" on Wednesday. "Have you seen one where the superstar's son is just as good or better than him? I said a superstar. I ain't saying just a regular player. I'm talking about a guy who we picture as an icon -- a Dr. J, an Allen Iverson, a LeBron James. If somebody asks me a question, I'm gonna give them an answer."

Ball had made reference to James' sons, LeBron Jr. (12 years old) and Bryce (9), which prompted the elder James' response....

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LeBron: Coach's job is to compete for a championship, not a game

March 21, 2017

"At the end of the day, it sucks at times where certain guys have to rest, but certain guys need rest," LeBron James said of the issue of resting stars in the NBA, adding the league "does a great job of putting the schedule together as best as they can." Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsLOS ANGELES -- Does the NBA have a problem with featured games becoming prime-time flops when star players sit out for rest? LeBron James doesn't think so.

A day after Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue decided to rest James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in his team's 108-78 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on ABC, the four-time MVP scoffed at the idea that player rest is hurting the league's appeal, and framed it as a simple reality of the sport.

"I don't think the NBA can do anything about it," James said following the Cavs' 125-120 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. "At the end of the day, it sucks at times where certain guys have to rest, but certain guys need rest....

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Kyrie gets 46, but Cavaliers barely beat Lakers, 125-120

March 20, 2017

Kyrie Irving turns it on in the fourth quarter, dropping 14 of his 46 points, including the go-ahead stepback jumper in the Cavaliers' 125-120 win over the Lakers.LOS ANGELES -- Most of the basketball world booed when the Cleveland Cavaliers rested their three best players on Saturday.

Turns out the Big Three needed every bit of that conserved energy one day later to hold off the last-place Los Angeles Lakers.

Kyrie Irving scored 46 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cavaliers had to rally from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to edge the Lakers, 125-120 on Sunday night....

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Kevin Love itching for return but mindful of Cavs' new chemistry

March 16, 2017

CLEVELAND -- As Kevin Love nears a comeback from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, the Cleveland Cavaliers' All-Star forward says he is mindful of the ripple effects his return could cause after a month out.

"I think it will be pretty easy for me to come back in, and I just don't want to mess up any of the rhythm these guys have," Love told reporters Wednesday, one month to the day after undergoing the procedure to remove a loose body from the knee.

Love's original timeline for a return was six weeks, but the Cavs say their All-Star forward could play as soon as Saturday in Los Angeles as Cleveland embarks on a four-game road trip starting with a back-to-back against the Clippers and Lakers and continuing on through Denver and Charlotte....

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