Clarkson scores 24, injury-riddled Cavaliers blast Hornets
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 14, 2018 10:31 AM
Charlotte Hornets' Jeremy Lamb (3) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers' Jordan Clarkson (8) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 113-89. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
By Steve Herrick, Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jordan Clarkson scored 24 points, Tristan Thompson had 21 rebounds and 11 points, and the injury-riddled Cleveland Cavaliers won for the second time this season, beating the Charlotte Hornets 113-89 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
The Cavaliers (2-11) broke a five-game losing streak. Cleveland's first win came against Atlanta on Oct. 30 (Oct. 31, PHL time).
Kemba Walker, the league's third-leading scorer, was held to a season-low seven points and was 2-for-16 from the field. The Hornets star guard was averaging 27.9 points going into the game.
Rodney Hood scored 16 points for Cleveland, which built a double-figure lead midway through the first quarter and maintained that the rest of the game. Rookie point guard Collin Sexton scored 16 points and had five assists. David Nwaba scored 18 points off the bench.
Jeremy Lamb scored 22 points for Charlotte. The Hornets were 33-for-95 from the field and hit 8-of-41 of their three-point attempts.
Cleveland has seen its injury list get longer while the losses piled up. Forwards Kyle Korver (sore right foot) and Cedi Osman (back spasms) didn't play Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) and are the most recent additions.
All-Star forward Kevin Love (foot surgery), starting point guard George Hill (hamstring) and forward Sam Dekker (ankle) have also been sidelined.
The Cavaliers are only a month into the season, but even holding practice is a challenge. Coach Larry Drew said one of the Cavaliers' assistant coaches had to fill in at Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) session so the team could scrimmage because only nine healthy players were available.
Cleveland's past three losses were by a combined 12 points. The Cavaliers, who lost to the Hornets 126-94 on Nov. 3 (Nov. 4, PHL time), led 63-42 late in the second quarter and were up 67-51 at the half, when Charlotte was 19-for-53 from the field.
The Hornets cut the lead to 78-67 in the third quarter, but scored two points over the final five minutes of the period. J.R. Smith and Nwaba helped Cleveland maintain the momentum by hitting three-pointers on back-to-back possessions.
The Cavaliers built the lead to 25 points in the fourth quarter.
Hornets: Walker, an 87 percent shooter, missed two free throws in a trip to the line midway through the second quarter. ... F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (sprained right ankle) did not play after being injured Sunday (Monday, PHL time) at Detroit. He's averaging 8.6 points in 13 games off the bench. ... F Dwayne Bacon entered the rotation in his spot.
Cavaliers: Love had surgery Nov. 2 and is still wearing a walking boot on his left foot. .... Korver doesn't believe his injury is serious and said that he'd be surprised if he isn't ready play when the Cavaliers visit Detroit on Nov. 19 (Nov. 20, PHL time). .... The 37-year-old Korver has been bothered by foot injuries the past two seasons. ... Drew said Osman likely will miss his third straight game Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).
Hornets: Host Philadelphia on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).
Cavaliers: Visit Washington on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).