The Cavaliers' struggles got that much worse on Monday night, as LeBron James coming just short of a triple-double was not enough for Cleveland to get past the last-place Mavericks. Harrison Barnes had 24 points to lead the Mavericks past the Cavs, 104-97, in Dallas. James had 23 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists, as his Cleveland team dropped to 11-10 on the road this season. "The King" and Kyrie Irving combined for 11 of the team's 17 turnovers, as they had just one combined point in the final quarter. Cleveland had defeated Dallas by 38 points in November, but that's now a distant memory, as the Cavs finish January at 8-9 on the month. Dallas called up former Indiana star Yogi Ferrell before the game, and he put up a career-high 19 points in the win.
Thomas Surges The Celtics Past The Pistons
Isaiah Thomas is the main reason that the Boston Celtics now sit as the No. 2 team in the Eastern Conference, and he showed just why on Monday night. Thomas scored 24 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter, helping Boston hold off the Detroit Pistons, 113-109. He extends his streak of 20-point games to 32, as he shot a perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line, with nine of them coming in the final frame. The young star also had eight assists, while Jae Crowder added 21 points in the Celtics' fourth straight win. Andre Drummond had a monster game of 28 points and 22 rebounds in the Pistons' third straight loss.
Duke Gets Past Notre Dame in ACC Play
The Duke Blue Devils have had a tough season, especially during the absence of Coach K. The 21st-ranked team had possibly their best performance on Monday night, getting past No. 20 Notre Dame, 84-74. Jayson Tatum had 19 points and 14 rebounds, while the troubled Grayson Allen added 21 in the win. It was the second big road win for Duke in three days, as they continue to move past a tough home loss to NC State last week. Luke Kennard and Matt Jones had 16 points each, as Duke moved back over .500 at 5-4 in conference play. V.J. Beachem had 20 points, while Bonzie Colson added 17 in the Fighting Irish's third straight loss. They fell to 6-4 in ACC play.