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LeBron Passes Jordan Early, Sinks Pelicans Late

Third-Quarter Rally Pushes Cavs Past New Orleans to Open Four-Game Homestand
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Wrap-Up -- The Cavaliers and their unquestioned leader are starting to sense the season’s finish line – and they’re progressively starting to look like the squad they’ll want to be two weeks from now.

Returning from a three-game road trip, and with just seven games to play in the regular season, the Cavaliers overcame a 13-point third-quarter deficit and rode LeBron James’ hot fourth quarter home – winning their fourth straight over the Pelicans, 107-102, on Friday night at The Q.

LeBron got his historic milestone out of the way in the first period – notching 11 points in the quarter to reach double-digit scoring for the 867th consecutive game, eclipsing Michael Jordan for the NBA’s all-time mark.

From there on, James was all business – and he saved his best for last, scoring eight-straight points, including three-straight jumpers with just under four minutes to play from almost the exact same spot on the floor to give the Cavaliers just enough breathing room for their 46th victory of the season.

The Cavaliers’ next-highest scorer was Jordan Clarkson – who finished with 23 points off the bench, going 9-of-13 from the floor, including 4-of-4 from beyond the arc, adding four boards and a pair of assists.

Rodney Hood was the only other Cavalier in double-figures – notching double-figures for the fourth-straight game, going 7-of-11 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from long-range, for 16 points.

Tristan Thompson continued his excellent work off the boards in a reserve role. Since returning to the rotation one week ago after missing the previous nine games with an injured ankle, Thompson has snagged double-digit rebounds, including on Friday night when he led both teams with 14 (six offensive) in just 20 minutes – adding four points and a blocked shot.

Jordan Clarkson


Clarkson tallies 23 as Cavs rally past the Pelicans.

Jrue Holiday led the way for New Orleans – netting 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, going 12-for-18 from the floor overall. Anthony Davis, who’s in the thick of the MVP discussion along with LeBron and James Harden, had a quiet night at The Q – finishing with just 16 points and eight boards in the loss.

Turning Point -- As good as LeBron was down the stretch in the fourth, it was Cleveland’s late third-quarter push – keyed by Jordan Clarkson – that got the Cavaliers within striking distance for their run in the final period.

After trailing by as many as 13 with 7:09 in the third, the Wine & Gold whittled New Orleans’ edge down to eight with 3:29 to play. Clarkson proceeded to drain two-straight bombs followed by a LeBron tip-in to get Cleveland back to within a deuce, 77-75.

With under a minute to play in the period, Jeff Green scored on an and-one to give the Cavs their first lead since the first quarter.

In the fourth, the Cavaliers would actually improve their lead to as many as seven before holding off the Pelicans in the closing moments.

By the Numbers941 … career games that LeBron James has scored at least 20 points, tying him with Kobe Bryant for third on the NBA’s all-time list. James also has 428 games of at least 30 points – and the next one will tie him with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for fifth place at 429.

QuotableLeBron James, on whether he had time to savor the moment when he broke MJ’s mark …

"A little bit, but I knew I had to get back to work. They’re not going to stop the game for long and we were on the defensive end, so I didn’t have much time to soak it in. I don’t know if I’ll do that tonight or in the offseason or whenever and look at it, but I didn’t have much time tonight."

Up Next -- After closing out the month of March with a win against the Pelicans, the Cavaliers welcome another Western Conference squad this weekend on Easter Sunday, when Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks come to town. On Tuesday night, it’s another heavyweight battle with the Raptors at The Q, followed by a visit from John Wall and the Wizards two nights later. Cleveland plays two of their final three on the road – taking on the Sixers next Friday night and the Knicks on Monday. The Wine & Gold close out the regular season on April 11 when the Knicks come to town for Fan Appreciation Night.

Calls of the Game

LBJ Passes MJ for Most Consecutive Games with 10-Plus Points

Listen to all three calls after LeBron James' historic bucket, which netted him the all-time record of most consecutive games with 10-plus points on Friday night against the Pelicans.

Cavs vs. Pelicans - March 30, 2018

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LBJ Passes MJ for Most Consecutive Games with 10-Plus Points

Listen to all three calls after LeBron James' historic bucket, which netted him the all-time record of most consecutive games with 10-plus points on Friday night against the Pelicans.
Mar 31, 2018  |  00:59

#CavsPelicans Postgame Wrap-Up presented by Rocket Mortgage

Cavs.com's Fred McLeod checks in from The Land to wrap-up the Wine & Gold's victory against the Pelicans on Friday.
Mar 30, 2018  |  06:04

#CavsPelicans Postgame: Rodney Hood - March 30, 2018

Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood spoke with the media following Friday's 107-102 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 30, 2018  |  02:21

#CavsPelicans Postgame: Kevin Love - March 30, 2018

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the media following Friday's 107-102 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 30, 2018  |  04:57

#CavsPelicans Postgame: Coach Drew - March 30, 2018

Cavaliers Associate Head Coach Larry Drew spoke with the media following Friday's 107-102 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 30, 2018  |  09:29

#CavsPelicans Postgame: Jordan Clarkson - March 30, 2018

Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson spoke with the media following Friday's 107-102 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 30, 2018  |  03:09

#CavsPelicans On-Court Postgame: Jordan Clarkson - March 30, 2018

Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson spoke with FOX Sports Ohio's Allie Clifton following Friday's 107-102 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 30, 2018  |  01:23

#CavsPelicans Postgame: Jose Calderon - March 30, 2018

Cavaliers guard Jose Calderon spoke with the media following Friday's 107-102 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 30, 2018  |  02:44

#CavsPelicans Postgame: LeBron James - March 30, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Friday's 107-102 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 30, 2018  |  02:29

TT Denies the Pelicans in the Paint

Tristan Thompson denies the Pelicans down low and gets the Cleveland crowd roaring in the fourth quarter.
Mar 30, 2018  |  00:08

Clarkson Cuts NOLA Lead Late in Third

Jordan Clarkson buries a deep corner three to cut the New Orleans Pelicans lead late in the third quarter on Friday night.
Mar 30, 2018  |  00:10

Intel True View: LBJ Opens Scoring with Dunk

Experience Intel True View with this unique angle of LeBron James netting the opening two points with a big dunk.
Mar 30, 2018  |  00:14

Intel True View: LBJ Throws the Hammer Down

Experience Intel True View with this unique angle of LeBron James netting his second dunk of the first quarter against the Pelicans.
Mar 30, 2018  |  00:18

Intel True View: Rodney Hood Dribbles and Dunks

Experience Intel True View with this unique angle of Rodney Hood netting a huge dunk in the first half against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Mar 30, 2018  |  00:15

Featured Highlight: LBJ Drives and Jams

LeBron James opens up the game's scoring with a big time, baseline dunk against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Mar 30, 2018  |  00:14

James and Hood Work Together For Great Play

LeBron James and Rodney Hood are "More Driven" after working together on a play that led to a big dunk in the first quarter against the Pelicans.
Mar 30, 2018  |  00:15

Cavs Honor Colorectal Cancer Survivors at Halftime

The Cleveland Cavaliers honored four survivors of colorectal cancer during halftime against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Mar 30, 2018  |  01:13

#CavsPelicans Shootaround: LeBron James - March 30, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Friday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Mar 30, 2018  |  05:41

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 107, Pelicans 102

LeBron James grabs a double-double with 27 points and 11 assists as the Cavaliers get the win over the Pelicans, 107-102.
Mar 30, 2018  |  10:00
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