New teammates may be just what the Cavaliers needed. Cleveland comes to Chesapeake Energy Arena for the only time this season and walks away with a 120-112 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.
The Cavaliers organization was a major factor in this year’s NBA trade, and by the deadline on Feb. 8, the Cavs had traded six players and their 2018 first-round pick to four different teams in three separate deals to acquire four new players. Judging by the 121-99 win over the Celtics on Sunday night, and this win over the Thunder, this trade is exactly what the organization needed.
LeBron James did what LeBron James does best picking up 37 points, 8 rebounds all on the defensive end, and 8 assists. He was 14-23 from the field and shot 3-7 from behind the arc, but saw five of the seven turnovers the Cavs had throughout the game.
J.R. Smith proved to be a major threat to the Thunder behind the arc going 5-5 from 3 in the first half and ending at 6-9. He picked up 18 total points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and had one steal.
The Cavs are now undefeated since acquiring four new players, and they pick up their fourth straight win heading into All-Star weekend. LeBron James will head to Los Angeles as a captain for Team LeBron and play this Sunday with teammates such as Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Watch here to see what Tyronn Lue, LeBron James and Jordan Clarkson had to say about tonight’s win over the Thunder in Oklahoma City: