Sunday afternoon was the first taste we received of the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers, and after one game it's so far so good. LeBron James finished with 24 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds as the Cavaliers blew past the Boston Celtics, 121-99. The new additions also contributed, including Jordan Clarkson with 17 points, Rodney Hood added 15, and George Hill chipped in 12. Larry Nance Jr. had five loud points, as the four new Cavaliers practiced with the team for the first time on Saturday. They did arrive during Friday's game in Atlanta but were not active. James broke out in the second quarter on Sunday with 13 points, including eight during a 13-2 run that put Cleveland up for good. They ended up leading by as many as 27 in front of the likes of Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo, and Kevin Garnett, who were all there to witness Paul Pierce's number be retired by the Celtics. Terry Rozier led Boston with 21 points and nine assists, while Kyrie Irving added 18 against his former team. The Celtics fall out of the top spot in the East with the Toronto Raptors winning their fifth in a row over the Charlotte Hornets. The Celtics stay home to host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night, while the Cavs visit the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.
Jazz Top Blazers For Ninth Straight Win
The Utah Jazz were more of sellers at the trade deadline this past Thursday, but they are still currently the hottest team in the league. Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points as the Jazz won their ninth in a row, 115-96, over the Trail Blazers in Portland on Sunday night. The win overcomes Damian Lillard's 39 points, as the Jazz's win streak is the longest active streak in the league and their longest since winning nine in a row in 2010. The win also snaps the Trail Blazers' nine-game home win streak, as they overcame a first-half deficit by scoring 72 points in the final 24 minutes. Utah also debuted Jae Crowder, whom they acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team deadline deal, as he scored 15 points on the night. Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors had double-doubles of 12 points and 11 rebounds and 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Lillard's 39-point game comes after he put up 50 points in just 29 minutes in a 118-100 win over the Sacramento Kings. They will play host to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, while the Jazz put their win streak on the line at home against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.
Crosby Scores 400 Career Goal in Penguins' Win
Sunday afternoon was an impressive win for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it was Sidney Crosby who took the headlines in St. Louis. Crosby scored twice, including his 400th career goal, as the Penguins took down the St. Louis Blues, 4-1. Bryan Rust and Riley Sheahan also scored for the Penguins, who have won 12 of their past 17 games. Before the milestone game on Sunday, Crosby hadn't scored in 10 games dating back to January 14th, but he became the 95th player in NHL history to reach the 400-goal mark. His 18th tally of the season tied the game at one in the second period, while his 19th of the season, and 401st of his career extended the lead in the third. The victory is also the Penguins' sixth in the past eight games, as Sunday was the first game for Ryan Reaves in St. Louis after being traded from the Blues to the Penguins in June. Pittsburgh remains four points behind the Washington Capitals for first in the Metropolitan Division, as they move on to host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. The Blues hit the road to battle the Nashville Predators that same night.