2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
20-8, 1st in Central
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LeBron compliments teammates after 17-assist night (0:53)
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51mDave McMenamin

LeBron ties assists mark; Cavs hit 20 3s in win

LeBron James tied a career high with 17 assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers hit a season-high 20 3-pointers in their 123-114 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Noted Dallas Cowboys supporter LeBron James thinks that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, even with a season-ending ACL tear this weekend, could end up being named NFL MVP this season. "It sucks," James said of Wentz -- one of the players he identified as his favorites last month. "Injuries is part of the game, but this year it's been a little wacky. I don't know what it is. I was actually watching the game when it happened and when I seen the hit happen, I was like, ‘Oh that didn't look good.' And then when he threw the touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery, he didn't even get turned all the way around. He kind of side threw it like Bernie Kosar used to throw. I was like, ‘Something is wrong with his knee.' And I was praying for the best and unfortunately, obviously, an MVP season hopefully it doesn't affect it. Obviously you've got Tom Brady up there as well. But he's the MVP of the league so far with what he's been doing as a quarterback and the success of their team. Like I told you, besides Julio (Jones), AB (Antonio Brown) and Tom Brady, Carson has been my favorite player to watch right now. It's unfortunate that two of the brighter stars in the NFL, him and Deshaun (Watson), lose their season over injuries."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs beat the Hawks 123-114 to collect their 15th win in their last 16 games. LeBron James 25p on 11-of-13 shooting 17a (ties career high) 7r; Kyle Korver 19p (6-of-9 from 3); Kevin Love 17p 12r; Jeff Green 17p; Jose Calderon 14p; Jae Crowder 13p; JR Smith 8a (ties season high). Cleveland hit a season high in 3s, going 20-for-38 from deep.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Midway through the second quarter against Atlanta on Tuesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers hit their 10th 3-pointer of the night. That makes it a franchise-record 17 straight games with 10 3s or more for the Cavs. Cleveland also owns the league record for most 3s in a game with 25 set twice against the Hawks -- once in the playoffs, once in the regular season.

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Love shines in the first with 11 points (0:30)
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LeBron's dish sets up Green for the slam (0:16)
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7hDave McMenamin

Wade out vs. Hawks with left knee soreness

Dwyane Wade will sit out Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks because of soreness in his left knee, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said before tipoff.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball looked up at the famous ceiling at Madison Square Garden and soaked it all in during his first morning shootaround at the arena. Ball has only been to New York twice — the only other time was for the draft — and tonight will be his first game at the Mecca of basketball. Ball says he's mostly stayed in his hotel room outside of making an appearance at a Big Baller Brand pop-up store to sign autographs for thousands of fans who braved the cold on Sunday. It's a big week for the rookie. Besides making his Garden debut, he faces LeBron James, his favorite player growing up, on Thursday for the first time. "Every kid dreams about playing (at the Garden), just because of all the history and all the battles," Ball said. "It's going to be a lot of fun (this week). The Garden, all the history there and then Lebron, best player in the world. Definitely two challenges, and I look forward to it."

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LeBron stresses need to get back in transition against Lonzo, Lakers (0:40)
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Stephen A.: Rockets to sign LeBron or DeAndre Jordan next summer (1:54)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James is not expecting too much out of Tristan Thompson too soon, as the big man returns from a six-week absence this week. "He has to get his wind back, he has to get his rhythm back," James said. "I don't think it's gonna be like, right now, boom. So, um, but we're happy to have him back for sure. He's a big piece of our team. He's going to be a big piece of our team long term. We've got to get him back, get him integrated to what we're doing."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James says he's "probably" playing more center this season than he has in his 15-year career. He says 8-9 years ago he couldn't have envisioned this, but once he joined the Heat, it became a part of his repertoire. "When I went to Miami it was 1 through 5," James said. "After our first year in Miami Spo (Erik Spoelstra) was like, ‘Let's 1 through 5, whatever I need you to do, we've got to try to make it happen.' I played 1 through 5 a lot down there."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Both Kevin Love (left hip) and Tristan Thompson (left calf) are officially listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. So long as they come through pregame workouts OK, per the Cavs, they will play.

Team Stats

Points Per Game110.55th
Rebounds Per Game42.221st
Assists Per Game23.010th
Points Allowed107.220th

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Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-18208.714
2016-175131.622
2015-165725.695
2014-155329.646
2013-143349.402