The Cleveland Cavaliers claim they are more worried about their slump, rather than the standings. Although, their recent slump is affecting them in the standings, as they fell out of first place in the East with a 103-74 blowout loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 25 points for the Spurs, who sit just two games behind the Golden State Warriors for first in the West. LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol added 14 points apiece in the Spurs' fifth straight victory. The Cavs set a season low for points in their second straight loss, as they dropped a half game behind the Boston Celtics in the standings. San Antonio led by as many as 33 points on the night, as they held Kyrie Irving to just eight points on the night. The Cavs' three stars sat out the entire fourth quarter. They will look to get back on track on Thursday night, when they battle the Chicago Bulls.
Westbrook, Thunder Rally Past the Mavericks
The Oklahoma City Thunder needed a late rally to avoid an upset loss to the Dallas Mavericks, as they ended the game on a 14-0 run for a 92-91 win on Monday night. Russell Westbrook hit the game-winning shot with seven seconds left, helping his team erase a 13-point deficit. Westbrook also recorded his 37th triple-double, including third straight, with 37 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists, and scored 12 of the team's 14 points during the game-deciding run. Harrison Barnes missed a three-pointer at the buzzer to seal the loss for the Mavs, clinching the team's first losing season since 1999-2000. The Thunder have avenged a recent four-game losing streak by winning seven of nine, sitting 2.5 games ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies for the six-seed in the West.
Raiders' Move to Las Vegas Approved
It's official, the Oakland Raiders will be moving to Las Vegas, but not until after this upcoming season. On Monday, 31 of 32 NFL owners approved the move, with the Miami Dolphins being the only team to deny the switch. Only 24 votes were needed to make the move happen, as the team will play in Oakland in 2017, and possibly longer. Team owner Mark Davis says he plans on staying in the bay area for the next two seasons, due to the team's new stadium not set to open until 2020. They will share that stadium with UNLV. They currently hold a pair of one-year options with The Coliseum, which is where they currently play. That means they will have to find a place to play in 2019, and haven't ruled out using UNLV's current stadium for one season. Davis also hasn't ruled out staying in Oakland for the '19 season, as plenty of decisions are still yet to be made. Despite many details still being up in the air, one thing is for sure, and that's the Las Vegas Raiders will soon be a thing.