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It's Smart To Rest The Big 3 In Difficult Games

20 March 2017, 08:38 | Justin Tyler

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving sat out for the Cavaliers, and the Clippers snapped their three-game losing streak by feasting on the defending champions' supporting cast.

HIGHLIGHTS: D'Angelo Russell sets a new career-high in points with 40, connecting from downtown seven times.

After Russell committed his only turnover of the night, Irving hit a go-ahead 3-pointer.

Gasol had 16 points and seven assists for Memphis. Instead, the Clippers who entered the game amid a troubling slide emerged from it victorious, but with no real sense of whether they had addressed their issues.

There's no official word yet on whether the Cavaliers' "Big Three" will actually play Sunday against the Lakers, but they did concede their game to the Clippers and are still in the midst of a very tight Eastern Conference playoff race for the No. 1 seed. He is expected to return Monday night against Washington.

Buddy Hield and Willie Cauley-Stein both scored 18 points for the Kings. Cleveland also lost starter Tristan Thompson in the third quarter when he injured his mouth in a collision with Julius Randle.

Richard Jefferson scored 12 to lead the Cavs in their lowest-scoring game of the season.

Damian Lillard dropped a season-high 49 points as he carried the Trail Blazers to a 115-104 win at Miami.

"We talked a lot more", he said.


In other words, do not be surprised to see head coach Tyronn Lue rest LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Love in the second game of the back-to-back. Hassan Whiteside battled foul trouble and had 17 points and 10 rebounds for his 12th straight double-double.

While Lillard went off, Goran Dragic floundered.

The duo was particularly huge in the final fourth quarter with the duo combining for 28 of the Cavaliers' 43 points in the period that helped them turn a 15-point swing in their favor.

Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 23 points but was not on the floor when Berea scored nine straight points in a span of 2:31.

Turning Point - After sticking with the Bucks on Friday night, the scrappy Lakers were determined to test the World Champs on Sunday - and for three-and-a-half quarters, they looked poised to pull off the upset. He is second in the league in minutes (37.5 per game). The Nets were within 103-101 after two free throws by Randy Foye with 80 seconds left, but consecutive hoops by Harrison Barnes secured the win.

By the Numbers - 18 ... straight games that Kyrie Irving has scored at least 20 points - the longest active current streak in the National Basketball Association.

The Big Three stuff the stat sheet as the Wine and Gold outlast the Lakers. "You just go out there and play".

Bobby Portis scored 22 points in 30 minutes off the bench for the Bulls.

Paul George led the Pacers with 18 points. The Cavaliers have a 10-game lead over the Indiana Pacers (35-33) in the Central Division standings.



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