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Cavaliers 95, Hornets 90: The Curse of LeBron continues

The Hornets were able to go punch-for-punch with the defending Eastern Conference champions, but just could not finish when it mattered most.

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LeBron James continues to be a thorn in the side of Charlotte basketball, as he paced the Cavaliers with 25 points, 13 rebounds and five assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers  (12-4) took down the Charlotte Hornets (9-7) 95-90 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Hornets have now lost their last 23 games against James.

The Hornets, who saw their seven game home winning streak snapped, were able to keep it close with the Cavaliers in a test to see how the team would fare against one of the best teams in the East. Unfortunately, the team reverted to their 2014-2015 season form one too many times, as they looked sloppy and disjointed on offense at crucial times when it mattered most in the fourth quarter.

Nicolas Batum filled the stat sheet again tonight, finishing with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists, tied for best or second-best in all three categories. Kemba Walker led the team with 18 points, four rebounds and four assists. Jeremy Lamb contributed 11 points and eight boards off the bench, while Jeremy Lin added seven points, four rebounds and four assists.

The team had seven turnovers and made just one of 14 3-point attempts in the second half, and were outrebounded by 12, which ultimately helped led to their downfall.

Kevin Love, who did not play at all in the fourth quarter, had a double-double by halftime and finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds for Cleveland. J.R. Smith scored seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter and Richard Jefferson added 13 points off the bench.

The Hornets' next game is another Sunday matinee, as they host the Milwaukee Bucks at 2 p.m. EST.