NBA wrap: Cavs soars into All-Star break; Rockets downs Timberwolves

The new-look Cavaliers is playing as well as it has all year long as it heads into the All-Star break, but OKC is sputtering.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James hangs from the basket after dunking in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Alex Abrines.   -  AP

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 its 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.

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“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.”


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.


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).


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.

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