Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: Spreading the love in Cleveland

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For the second night in a row, there was a “measuring stick” game between the No. 1 and No. 3 teams at the top of a conference. On Tuesday, the top-seeded Houston Rockets faced the scorching-hot third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers on the road and handled them for the win. On Wednesday,nfl jerseys from china the story was a bit different.

The top-seeded and scorching-hot Toronto Raptors faced the somewhat struggling Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland was playing the second game since their second-best player returned from injury, but also with their head coach sitting out for health reasons. Toronto went out and tied a franchise record by scoring 79 points in the first half. They rushed out to a 15-point lead at the half, only to see the Cavaliers blow by them in the second half on their way to a 132-129 win.

James is also the only player in NBA history to score 35-plus points with 17-plus assists and zero turnovers in a game. Not a bad night at the office. Of course, he didn’t do it alone, as the other Cavaliers stepped up and knocked down the shots.

All four other starters — and JR Smith off the bench — scored in double-figures for Cleveland. Kevin Love scored 23 points (8-15 FG, 3-4 FT) with 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 3-pointers, 1 steal and 1 TO. George Hill (78 percent available) scored 22 points (10-11 FG) with 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 3-pointers and 1 block. Jeff Green (94 percent available) went for 15 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block and 2 3-pointers. Jose Calderon and Smith both went for double-figure points with a combined 6 3-pointers. The Cavaliers were missing five rotation players on Wednesday, and 11 of James’ assists resulted in 3-pointers, so he was absolutely spoon-feeding his teammates for big buckets.

Meanwhile, the Raptors actually had an outstanding offensive game as well. They actually notched the eighth-best offensive rating (139.3) in the NBA this season. The problem was that Cleveland chose the same night to have the third-best night at 142.5.