NBA wRap: Born Ready delivers, Cavs snap losing streak

Naveen Ganglani

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NBA wRap: Born Ready delivers, Cavs snap losing streak
LeBron and the Cavs proved they can have chemistry on the court, Lance Stephenson hits a game-winner and Jerryd Bayless takes flight
BACK TO WINNING. LeBron James and the Cavs returned to the win column against the Denver Nuggets. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/AFP

Lance Stephenson had his most memorable moment as a Charlotte Hornet yet, while LeBron James and his band of Cavaliers snapped their losing streak and finished their three-game west road trip with a victory over the Denver Nuggets.


Charlotte Hornets (3-3) 122 – 119 Atlanta Hawks (1-3) (Double Overtime)

CHA: Al Jefferson 34 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists

ATL: Al Horford 24 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals

Born Ready (Highlight of the Day): Lance Stephenson had 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 assists. At times, he made some head-shaking decisions during the game. In other instances, he was making plays that kept his team alive. At the end of the second overtime between the Hawks and Hornets, he hit one hell of a game-winner: 


Kemba fills the stat sheet: The Hornets PG had 15 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds. That 6-of-16 statline could improve, though.

Teague Alert: Atlanta’s starting point guard put up 22 points to go with 15 assists and 4 rebounds as he continued his strong start to the season. The same can’t be said for the Hawks, however, as they fall to 1-3.


Orlando Magic (2-4) 112 – 103 Minnesota Timberwolves (2-3)

ORL: Tobias Harris 17 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists

MIN: Kevin Martin 21 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds

The rooks deliver: Tobias Harris was the most productive Magic player in the game, but it was rookies Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton Jr. that delivered the game-winning punches in OT. The two combined for 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Get well soon, Ricky: The injury bug took another fantastic NBA player on Saturday, as Ricky Rubio sprained his ankle and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Not good for fantasy owners.


Chicago Bulls (5-1) 118 – 115 Philadelphia 76ers (0-6)

CHI: Jimmy Butler 23 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists

PHI: Tony Wroten 31 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds


Boston Celtics (2-3) 101 – 98 Indiana Pacers (1-5)

BOS: Jared Sullinger 17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists

IND: Roy Hibbert 22 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks

Bittersweet: The Celtics came away with the victory, but they also suffered a major loss as rookie point guard Marcus Smart injured his ankle and had to be taken out of the playing court on a stretcher:


Brooklyn Nets (3-2) 110 – 99 New York Knicks (2-4)

BKN: Deron Williams 29 points, 6 assists, 1 rebound

NYK: Carmelo Anthony 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks


Toronto Raptors (5-1) 103 – 84 Washington Wizards (4-2)

TOR: Kyle Lowry 13 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists

WAS: Otto Porter 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block


Detroit Pistons (2-3) 98 – 95 Milwaukee Bucks (2-4)

DET: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 3-pointers

MIL: Brandon Knight 17 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds

Jerryd Bayless takes flight: Don’t ever underestimate the little guy: 


Memphis Grizzlies (6-0) 91 – 89 Oklahoma City Thunder (1-5)

MEM: Mike Conley 20 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds

OKC: Reggie Jackson 22 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds


Sacramento Kings (5-1) 114 – 112 Phoenix Suns (3-3)

SAC: DeMarcus Cousins 25 points, 18 rebounds, 2 blocks

PHX: Eric Bledsoe: 23 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds


Dallas Mavericks (4-2) 105 – 82 Utah Jazz (2-4)

DAL: Dirk Nowitzki 27 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists

UTA: Gordon Hayward 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists


Cleveland Cavaliers (2-3) 110 – 101 Denver Nuggets (1-4)

CLE: LeBron James 22 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds

DEN: Randy Foye 28 points, 9 assists, 2 rebounds


From half court: It looks like LeBron is getting along well with his new teammates:


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