Cavs bounce back, paste Clippers
CLEVELAND – LeBron James had 22 points and 12 assists, J.R. Smith made six three-pointers and the Cleveland Cavaliers took care of one of the Western Conference's top teams, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 115-102 on Thursday night.
Kevin Love added 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Cavs, playing their first home game since being embarrassed in a 34-point loss to Golden State on Monday in a rematch of last year's NBA Finals. They bounced back with a victory at Brooklyn on Wednesday, but the Nets aren't the Clippers, who came in 11-1 in their past 12.
Kyrie Irving had 21 points for Cleveland, which has won 13 of the past 14 against the Clippers.
Chris Paul scored 30 and J.J. Redick 17 for the Clippers. Los Angeles made only six three-pointers after knocking down 22 on Monday against Houston. The Clippers were again without star forward Blake Griffin (torn quadriceps).
•HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, KOBE: Friday is the 10th anniversary of the Lakers' Kobe Bryant scoring 81 points in a 122-104 victory over Toronto. During his performance — the second-highest total in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain's 100 in 1962 — Bryant made 28 of 46 shots, hit seven three-pointers, went 18 for 20 on free throws and scored 55 points in the second half. He also was the leading vote-getter for his final NBA All-Star Game with 1.9 million votes and was selected an All-Star for the 18th time.
•PELICANS PUMMEL PISTONS: Anthony Davis scored 32 points and New Orleans beat Detroit 115-99 for its fourth victory in five games. The Pelicans raced to a 72-53 halftime lead and never allowed Detroit to get closer than nine points the rest of the way.
•BACK ON THE SIDELINES: The Bucks said Jason Kidd is expected to resume his coaching duties next week. Kidd has been recovering from right hip surgery on Dec. 21. He has missed the past 15 games.