Not even a historic night for LeBron James could put an end to the struggles of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who fell to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night, 114-102. James became the seventh player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points, and is the youngest ever to reach the milestone. The King finished with 28 points, but his team turned the ball over 18 times in their 10th loss in the past 13 games. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 30 points on the same day that he was selected to the All-Star team as a reserve. Dejounte Murray added 19 points, 10 rebounds, and seven steals against his mentor, James, who reached the milestone with a jumper at the end of the first quarter. That followed with a break in the action, as LeBron took a moment to embrace one of his closest friends in the league, Dwayne Wade. Both of these teams have been facing controversy as of late, with the Cavs holding a meeting that featured the team calling out Kevin Love for exiting the Oklahoma City Thunder game and then missing practice due to an illness. Meanwhile, the Spurs' controversy comes from Kawhi Leonard reportedly not being happy with the way his team is handling his injury. Despite all of that, San Antonio still improved their stellar home record to 20-3, as they move on to visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. The Cavaliers will be back home on Friday to host the Indiana Pacers.
Young, Oklahoma Earn Big Win Over Kansas
Trae Young was coming off a couple of games that he would like to forget. One of which saw him set a Big 12 record with turnovers in a game, and the other that saw his team spoil a 48-point effort in an upset loss. Young decided to change his game a bit on Tuesday night, which benefited his team in the long run, as he shot a season-low nine shots, but scored 26 points in No. 12 Oklahoma's 85-80 win over the fifth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks. Young added nine assists just one game after he put up 39 shots in a double-overtime loss to Oklahoma State, and before that, he turned the ball over 12 times in a loss to Kansas State. Christian James added 15 points, while Brady Manek scored 14 for the Sooners, who earned their 13th straight home victory. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks saw their five-game win streak come to an end despite Svi Mykhailiuk's 24 points. Oklahoma was able to hold Kansas' leading scorer, Devonte' Graham to just 11 points on 4-of-19 shooting in what was their fifth conference win. The Sooners will now enter the Big12/SEC challenge on Saturday when they visit the Alabama Crimson Tide. Kansas will play host to Texas A&M in that same challenge.
Canadiens End Avalanche's 10-Game Streak
The Colorado Avalanche have done enough to put themselves back in the thick of the playoff picture in the Western Conference, but their win streak has come to an end. The Montreal Canadiens got a goal and two assists from Jonathan Drouin in a 4-2 win on their home ice Tuesday night. Carey Price earned his 14th victory of the season by stopping 29 shots, while also handing the Avalanche their first loss of the 2018 calendar year. They last dropped a game on December 27th against the Arizona Coyotes. The Canadiens also got goals from Nicolas Deslauriers, Alex Galchenyuk, and Brendan Gallagher in their 20th win of the season. Jonathan Bernier got the start on consecutive nights and made 36 saves, but fell to 0-7-1 in his career at the Bell Centre, and 1-10-3 overall against the Habs. The Canadiens out-shot the Avalanche, 40-22, in just their second win in the past six games. This is after Colorado outscored their opponents, 41-16, during their 10-game streak. They will be back at it on Thursday night when they visit the St. Louis Blues in their final game before the All-Star break. The Canadiens will stay home to host the Carolina Hurricanes before the break.