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Cavaliers are the best in the East

The Cleveland Cavaliers showed their status as the best team in the Eastern Conference and that they can also beat the Western favorites after their home win against the Los Angeles Clippers (90-114).
Forward LeBron James had 27 points, six rebounds and five assists that allowed him to lead the Cavaliers’ balanced attack in a comfortable victory against the Los Angeles team.
Along with James, five other players, including three starters, supported the Cavaliers’ balanced attack by posting double-digit numbers.
The Cavaliers, who tied their season high for 3-point shooting by shooting 18 of 37 (49 percent), improved to 47-18 and clinch leaders in the Eastern Conference and Central Division.
Shooting guard JR Smith and point guard Kyrie Irving each scored 17 points for the Cavaliers, who have posted three straight wins and seven in the last 10 games.
The Cavaliers improved to 7-2 in games against the Clippers at Staples Center since the 2006-07 season, and also improved to 20-6 against Western Conference teams, including a 10-4 mark away from home. country.
The Clippers (42-23) lost four times in the last 10 games, but remain second in the Pacific Division, although they are far from their goal of catching up with the Oklahoma City Thunder in third place in the Western Conference.
Shooting guard JJ Redick added 19 points, point guard Chris Paul added a double-double of 17 points and 10 assists, but could not beat Irving in the individual duel.
While center DeAndre Jordan also collaborated with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds, the Clippers also lost the duel in the inside game by capturing 34 balls inside the paint to the Cavaliers’ 49.
Dominican center Al Horford and power forward Paul Millsap scored 18 points each that allowed them to lead the balanced attack of the Atlanta Hawks in the game they won 104-75 against the Indiana Pacers.
The Hawks (38-29), who also played great defense, posted their second win in a row and are third in the Southeast Division.
Horford played 25 minutes, made 8 of 12 shots from the field, including 2 of 4 three-pointers, had four rebounds and provided an assist as the leader of the Hawks’ attack.
The victory allowed the Hawks to improve the record in the games they have played in their field at the Philips Arena in Atlanta and which is now 21-12.
For the Pacers (35-31), second in the Central Division, the leader in the attack was rookie power forward Myles Turner, who contributed 19 points, five rebounds, recovered two balls and made a block.
Shooting guard Monta Ellis scored 10 points and both were the only two Pacers players to have double-digit numbers, while the team’s star forward Paul George was uninspired in the offensive game.
George missed 12 of 15 shots from the field, including 4 of 5 three-pointers, and had just seven points, dished out six assists and grabbed two rebounds.
With its 75 points, the Indiana team had its lowest score so far this season, and it was also the fewest the Hawks receive in the championship.
The Pacers had won three straight, including a win over the Dallas Mavericks on the road.
Power forward Derrick Favors had a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds and led the visiting Utah Jazz to a 99-108 win over the Sacramento Kings, who lost their fifth straight game.
Greek forward Gianis Antetokounmpo contributed a triple-double of 28 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in the victory of the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, who beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-109, in a losing team duel and eliminated from the final phase .
Nor did the match between the Los Angeles Lakers against the New York Knicks, at the Staples Center, generate any interest, and which left the visiting team triumphing 87-90 with a winning basket by Spanish point guard José Manuel Calderón, who scored a triple, with 0.2 tenths of a second remaining in regulation time.
Calderón’s basket was the only interesting thing in the game that had forward Carmelo Anthony as the Knicks’ leader in the individual and team game, achieving a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds.
The Lakers (14-53), the team with the worst record in the Western Conference and the second worst in the league, had reserve shooting guard Louis Williams as their leading scorer, who contributed 15 points, while star guard Kobe Bryant had 14 points in 27 minutes of action.EFE

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