The Cavaliers came out with a 7-0 run to get the home crowd excited. The Pelicans answered right back and took the lead. Anthony Davis scored 8 points but the X-factor Ryan Anderson scored 10 points off the bench.
The ball movement was good for the Cavaliers but their defense was the problem. Both teams shot the ball well from downtown in the first quarter; Pelicans 4-7 and the Cavs 3-5. The Pelicans led 28-24 after one.
The beginning of the second quarter belonged to Ryan Anderson. He led the Pelicans to a 7-0 run to start the quarter. He scored 13 points as the bench of the Pelicans scored 33 points in the first half. Anthony Davis was held scoreless in the quarter but the Pelicans still led at the break.
The Cavs played well in the second quarter only being outscored by one point. The Cavaliers defense could not get any stops. Before the end of the half they got a nice layup from Joe Harris to cut the lead to 56-51.
The Cavaliers defense finally showed up in the third quarter holding the Pelicans to only 23 points. The first half of the quarter was dominated by LeBron James. He went on a personal 9-0 run but the Cavs were still trailing the Pelicans.
At the 4:16 mark Kyrie Irving hit a layup than proceeded to go on a personal 9-0 run tying the game at 78. The Cavs would take the lead on a Tristan Thompson dunk and never looked back.
LeBron went on a 5-0 run to end the quarter and finished it with this dunk:
With LeBron James out it was Kevin Love’s turn to knock down some shots. Love quickly hit three 3 pointers. The Cavs were not getting many stops but their offense was clicking in the fourth quarter.
LeBron James had his first triple-double of the season; 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Irving scored 32 points but had nine assists this time around. Love added 22 points and grabbed five rebounds.
Ryan Anderson finished with 32 points off the bench while Anthony Davis filled the stat sheet with 27 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, four steals, three blocks, one foul and zero turnovers.
The Cavs don’t play again until Friday when they go on the road to face the Boston Celtics.
The Pelicans take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.