All-Stars shine too brightly for shrinking Suns
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[January 20, 2017]
(The Sports Xchange) - LeBron
James and Kyrie Irving celebrated being named Eastern Conference
All-Star starters by shining in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 118-103
victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.
James scored 21 points, matched a season-high 15 assists and grabbed
nine rebounds to fall just shy of a triple-double as Irving scored
26 points and the Cavs broke out of a rare shooting funk to win for
the second time in five games.
The Suns' Tyson Chandler scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds
after missing one game with stomach problems.
Eric Bledsoe scored 22 points and passed for nine assists, while
Devin Booker had 21 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the
Suns, who lost for the fourth time in five games.
The Cavs led by 21 late in the first half and were never really
threatened by a Suns team with the worst record in the Western
Cleveland's Kevin Love missed the game with a sore back.
Love was considered a game-time decision after he missed the second
half of Monday's blowout loss to Golden State.
He did not believe he would miss any time but he did not participate
in contact drills during Wednesday's practice and then could not
make it through Thursday's morning shootaround.
James Jones started in place of Love and scored 14 points, one shy
of his season high.
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Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) slam dunks during the second
half against the Phoenix Suns at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory
Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
The Cavs are not yet concerned about Love, believing rest is all he
needs. It is the fifth game Love has missed this season and he would
seem to be questionable for Saturday's big home contest against the
San Antonio Spurs.
The Cavs broke out of their shooting funk to make 19 three-pointers
and shoot 44 percent from deep on Thursday. They only committed 12
turnovers while passing for 29 assists, two shy of their season
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