Cleveland Cavaliers fall to Oklahoma City Thunder, 118-109

The Cavaliers host the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. This is different from your regular game recap or box score.

Durant can't go home again, but we should remember the house they built all the same.

Following this redeeming win, OKC tied its season series 1-1 with defending Champion Cleveland.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said before Wednesday's game in IN that if those three were to play heavy minutes against the Pacers, they would "probably" sit the second half of their back-to-back, Thursday night's game against the Thunder. Ultimately, the decision had the same result on the scoreboard as it would have if he sat his players.

Paying customers can handle the homecoming however they'd like - oh, there will be boos - but former teammate Russell Westbrook had some interesting thoughts leading up to the game.

James tried to answer by posting up Westbrook on the right block.

Another example was Russell Westbrook repeatedly grabbing the ball off the glass and taking off in transition. Love collected yet another double-double with 15 points and 12 boards. "It doesn't really matter to me one way or another". This number is now 7 points higher than the Cavaliers who is now leading the Eastern Conference.

Ending up on the wrong end of a 12-2 run down the stretch turned out to be costly for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they dropped a 118-109 battle to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday night. While they have a few wins over good teams, getting one against one of the elites like the Cavs is some solid self-validation. He put up 34 points, including 15 points in the final period.

Kyrie Irving (28) led all Cavs in scoring.

The player who led the Celtics back was Marcus Smart.

They call 'em scheduled losses for a reason. James (8-of-19 shooting) missed two dunks and at least one layup. He also had six rebounds, five assists, five steals and played solid defense on Damian Lillard. The Cavs rolled through the second half unscathed. They looked at me as their son. He also snared 11 rebounds and handed out eight assists.

Patrick Beverly (Arkansas Razorbacks) had 17 points and Montrezl Harrell added 15 off the bench for the Rockets (39-17). The Cleveland roster will be just fine in the Eastern Conference. Devin Harris scored the first four points of overtime. Nowitzki finished with 20 points, including the tiebreaking bucket off a rebound with three seconds left in regulation. It was all part of Philly's bench outscoring Orlando's reserves by a 65-36 margin. It's still fresh from the Warrior's memory how the Grizzlies won by 21 points in December 10. Evan Fournier had an up-and-down game for the Magic.

Oladipo scored 23 points for the Thunder. Kanter added 22 points, and Oladipo followed with 20.

For the fans who paid premium prices for tickets on the secondary market, there was good news: The Cavaliers were fully loaded, meaning that James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love all were involved.

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