The Cavaliers were coming off a four-game losing streak when they headed into their matchup against the Magic on Thursday, and down the stretch it could have been anyone’s game.
Cleveland was able to pull off the win, 104-103, despite blowing a 23-point lead in the second half. It was the second time in three games the Cavs blew a lead of 20 points or more.
“Right now we’re in Strugglesville,” LeBron James said, per ESPN. “But it felt like a win. We needed it. Definitely.”
Giordano and Monahan scored 61 seconds apart to put Calgary up 4-0 with 13:59 left and chase Johnson, who finished with 18 saves.
Hamilton then beat Robin Lehner with a shot inside the right post for a power-play goal with 1:21 left in the period.
Buffalo squandered a chance to win three straight at home for the first time since a 4-0 run in January 2017, and came out inexplicably flat two days after a 5-3 win over Toronto.
“It’s difficult to swallow,” coach Phil Housley said, by saying the Sabres failed to match the Flames intensity.
“New Orleans has no intention of trading Anthony Davis,” Woj said. “Boston’s uniquely positioned in that they have draft picks and young players and all the things — if a team was gonna trade Anthony Davis — all the things you’d want. But [the Pelicans] aren’t trading Anthony Davis… He wants to make it work in New Orleans. He wants to get into the playoffs.”
Woj also notes New Orleans wants to re-sign DeMarcus Cousins this offseason, and it would take a “radical change in direction” for the Pelicans to consider putting Davis on the trade block.
“The Brow” has been absolutely ridiculous in the month of January: 34.0 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.5 steals per game on 55.4 percent shooting from the field. He is still only 24 years old, and he is under contract through 2020-21 with a player option for that final season. It’s no surprise contenders would want a player of his caliber.
However, he has clearly expressed his desire to win with the team that took him No. 1 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. Not only that, but by the end of his current contract, he will be eligible for a supermax deal, giving the Pelicans a financial advantage over every other NBA team at the negotiating table.