Sport NBA wrap: Cavs soar into All-Star break; Rockets down Timberwolves

08:35  14 february  2018
08:35  14 february  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Nba wrap : cavs soar into all - star break ; rockets down timberwolves . February 14, 2018 12:47am EST February 14, 2018 12:47am EST Basketball , NBA , Cleveland

NBA wrap : Cavs soar into All - Star break ; Rockets down Timberwolves LeBron James' attitude, along with the Cavaliers ' play has done a 180 in the last week. *

LeBron James' attitude, along with the Cavaliers' play has done a 180 in the last week.

After Cleveland blew a 21-point lead in a loss to the Magic last Wednesday, James was downtrodden and discouraged, but after a trade deadline which saw the Cavs completely alter their roster, the four-time MVP has new hope.

With the Cavaliers' 120-112 win over the Thunder Tuesday, Cleveland has now won four games in a row and the only thing James is worried about now is losing momentum.

“We’re still figuring it out on the fly," James, who finished with 37 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, told TNT after the game. "I think the worst thing right now is us going into this break.”

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head into the All - Star break , but OKC is sputtering. The Rockets dropped the Timberwolves 126-108 Tuesday, but the story of the game wasn't the outcome, but the duel between James Harden and Karl-Anthony Towns.

head into the All - Star break , but OKC is sputtering. The Rockets dropped the Timberwolves 126-108 Tuesday, but the story of the game wasn't the outcome, but the duel between James Harden and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Studs of the Night

The Rockets dropped the Timberwolves 126-108 Tuesday, but the story of the game wasn't the outcome, but the duel between James Harden and Karl-Anthony Towns. Harden was great with 34 points, 13 assists and six rebounds, but Towns posted a game-high 35 points with 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks.

Heat guard Goran Dragic bounced back from an abysmal 1-for-11 shooting night Friday with a 10-of-19 effort with 28 points and four assists in Miami's 115-112 loss to the Raptors.

Newly acquired Bucks center Tyler Zeller may be finding his niche in Milwaukee as he scored 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds in his team's 97-92 win over the Hawks.

Dud of the Night

Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins scored just seven points on 2-of-14 shooting in 41 minutes of play. This was the first time this season Wiggins failed to score in double digits when playing at least 40 minutes (11 games).

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— Cleveland Cavaliers (@ cavs ) February 14, 2018. Harden'S rockets beat towns' wolves. The Warriors have one more game before they head into the break and it is a matchup with one of the best RELATED STORY. NBA Playoffs 2018: Houston Rockets vs Minnesota

The new-look Cavaliers are playing as well as they have all year long as they head into the All - Star break , but OKC is sputtering. The Rockets dropped the Timberwolves 126-108 Tuesday, but the story of the game wasn't the outcome, but the duel between James Harden and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Highlight

Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe may be small but he can throw it down.

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What's Next

Warriors (44-13) vs. Trail Blazers (31-26) 10:30 p.m. ET — The Warriors have one more game before they head into the break and it's a matchup with one of the best backcourts in the league. Damian Lillard has scored 89 points in his last two games while CJ McCollum is averaging 23.1 over his last seven. Both have 50-point games in that span.

Why didn’t Jimmy Butler play in NBA All-Star Game? .
Jimmy Butler is listed as “DNP-Coach’s Decision” in the box score for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, but it was his own decision not to play. After watching Team LeBron beat his Team Stephen 148-145 in an untypically competitive All-Star Game on Sunday, Butler explained that he asked coach Mike D’Antoni to keep him on the bench for all 48 minutes because he wanted to save himself for the Timberwolves’ push toward the playoffs. © Hannah Foslien/Getty Images Jimmy Butler “Just rest, man,” Butler said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I got to rest. I got to rest my body up.

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