LeBron and Cavs breeze past the Suns 120-95

LeBron led the Cavs with 27 points in the win

Nick Wilson
March 23, 2018 - 10:47 pm

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LeBron James and the Cavaliers eclipsed the Suns 120-95 on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.  

The King held court for only 3 quarters as he dominated with 27 points and 9 assists in just over 29 minutes.

The win was the Cavaliers 4th straight which includes a 3-game home stand sweep.   

Even more impressive for the Cavs is how they earned the win. For a team known for it's 3-point shooting, Cleveland shot just 27% from the beyond the arc on Friday. Their offensive resilence impressed Interim Coach Larry Drew.

“You can be just as effective by attacking the basket, shooting pullups, by getting to the free throw line,” Drew commented after the game, “Like the old saying, “You live by the jumper you can die by the jumper,” but yet we are still able to produce points, that’s encouraging.”

The second quarter was the big difference for Cleveland who outscored Phoenix 39-18. This also included a 32-7 run that stretched over the first two quarters.

Kevin Love added 20 points and 6 rebounds in just his 3rd game back from a fractured hand. He’s averaging 20 points a game during that spell.

The game also marked the triumpant return of key Cavaliers Larry Nance Jr, Rodney Hood and Tristan Thompson. All 3 came off the bench as intended.

Nance Jr led the Cavs bench with 15 points and 10 boards. He also paired with Love for the first time during live action in Wine & Gold colors with strong results on both ends of the court.

Hood pitched in with 9 points on 4-8 shooting in his return from a back injury. Drew preached patience for the young 2-guard

“I knew he would be a little rusty coming into the game,” Drew confessed, “It’s going to take Rodney a few games to get into his rhythm.”

One sour note in the comfortable victory, Jeff Green left the game in the 1st half with an illness and did not return.

The Cavs return to the road this week with a 3-game stretch starting in Brooklyn on Sunday.