CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers got hit with the lightning and felt the Thunder Saturday afternoon.
Oklahoma City scored the first 8 points of the game in less than 2 minutes and 8 was the closest the Cavs would get after falling behind by as many as 24. But Oklahoma City quickly countered and put the game away and win 148-124.
“You give up 148 points, I mean, you’re not going to beat nobody in the world, giving up 148 points,” Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said.
The 148 points scored by the Thunder were the most the Cavs have allowed in a game this season and tied the franchise record set in 1972 for the most allowed in a regular season game.
“I’ve never in my basketball life gave up 148 points, not even probably playing video games,” James said. “They got everything that they wanted. Inside, outside, they had it moving. Big (Steve) Adams is a monster. Russ controlled their whole tempo. Paul George started off hitting threes. Melo… They were all solid.
“We scored 124 and still lost by 20… It’s just a really bad, really bad loss on our part.”
Cleveland provided as much resistance defensively as a wet paper bag. And it’s no longer just a trend, it’s become a tradition this season.
The Thunder raced out to a 43-24 lead after one, shooting 63 percent in the quarter while holding the Cavs to 39.1 percent.
Paul George dropped 25 of his game-high 36 points in the first 24 minutes. Carmello Anthony dropped 29 and Russell Westbrook finished with 23 points and he handed out 20 assists to go with 9 rebounds.
The Thunder starting five outscored the Cavs’ starting five 121-67, although it should be noted that Kevin Love was sidelined just over 3 minutes into the game because he wasn’t feeling well.
Oklahoma City out-rebounded Cleveland 52-28.
“It’s embarrassing, Isaiah Thomas, who scored a season-high 24 points, said. “It’s not acceptable. It can only go up from here. That’s the only positive. We gotta really look in the mirror and get some pride. That was embarrassing.”
30k On Hold – LeBron James’ bid to hit 30,000 point plateau will have to wait until Tuesday night in San Antonio.
With the Cavs down 26 James hit the bench with 6:37 to play. He finished with 18 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds on 8 of 17 shooting.
“It’s never been a chase,” James said. “I don’t chase points. I don’t chase anything when it comes to scoring. When I get it, I get it and that’s how I’ve gotten to this point in my career. The disappointing thing is that we lost, so it doesn’t matter.”
James has 29,993 career points and he is still on pace to become the youngest to 30,000 in league history.
Trade Winds – With the Cavs in a slump having lost 10 of their last 14 with Saturday’s loss and trade rumors picking up in recent days, Lue isn’t wasting time or energy on what may or may not even happen next month to his roster.
“I like the group that we have,” Lue said Saturday, prior to their game against Oklahoma City. “We just haven’t been healthy the whole year, have had to do some different things, but I’m just focused on coaching the guys that we have. I like our group, any further questions with that you’ll have to talk with [general manager] Koby [Altman]. Sorry.”
According to reports the Cavs inquired about Sacramento guard George Hill and, according to the New York Times, Cleveland has spoken with the Los Angeles Clippers about DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams. J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, and Iman Shumpert, all who have been a part of the 3 Finals runs since James’ return in 2014, have been mentioned in potential trade scenarios.
“I like our group,” Lue said again, driving home the point he’s not focused on trade rumors. “Until we figure out rotations and getting guys healthy and what we have… I like what we have.”
The NBA’s trade deadline has been moved up this year to Feb. 8.
Love Down – Kevin Love went to the bench after playing the first 3:04 of the game and he did not return.
The Cavs said Love, who missed his only two shots taken – a pair of threes, one that bounced off the side of the backboard, was not feeling well.