LeBron's triple-double trumps Davis' big game vs. Cavaliers
LeBron James recorded a triple-double with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and Kyrie Irving scored 27 of his 32 in the second half, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 118-111 win over the visiting New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.
Kevin Love added 22 points for the Cavs, who played just their second home game this season.
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James and Irving dominated in the second half, combining for 46 points — 30 in the third quarter when the Cavs overcame a nine-point deficit. Love, too, was huge after halftime, making four three-pointers.
Anthony Davis scored 27 with 14 rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocked shots for the Pelicans, who beat defending NBA champion San Antonio on Saturday night and gave the Cavaliers all they could handle. Ryan Anderson added 32 — 23 in the first half for New Orleans.
"It's disappointing, yet we had a pretty good road trip," Pelicans Coach Monty Williams said. "We played two of the best teams in the NBA and had a chance to beat both. ... It stings a little bit, because we had this game in our hands in the third quarter. ... Our defense slipped a bit tonight, for sure."
Davis was proud of the way his team played overall against two of the NBA's top teams.
"We wanted to come here and beat the Cavs and have a great (road) trip," the former No. 1 draft pick out of Kentucky said. "We had a good one, because we went .500."
But Davis also said his team buckled on defense Monday.
"In order for you to become one of the best you have to play the best and learn from them," he said. "I love playing against LeBron and the Cavs. They're a tough team. They have three players who can score the ball at will. We broke down defensively. They scored 118 points. We can't allow teams to do that."
■ Travel issues prevented the Pelicans from arriving until nearly 3 a.m. The team was scheduled to leave at 4 p.m. on Sunday, but a mechanical problem with their plane caused a long delay and a new pilot and crew had to be flown in from Minnesota, delaying the flight by six hours.
"It was actually a good thing for us," Williams said. "We had Internet on the plane. We watched games and did our work. It could have been a lot worse."
■ Davis came in to Monday's game leading the league in rebounds (12.8) and blocks (4.4), and was fifth in scoring (24.4) and seventh in steals (2.2).
Pacers end six-game losing streak
Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 29 points to help Indiana beat the Utah Jazz 97-86, ending the host Pacers' six-game losing streak. A.J. Price had 22 points and Lavoy Allen added 12 — also season highs for both players.
Gordon Hayward scored 30 points to lead Utah. Enes Kanter had 18 points and Derrick Favors added 13.
Major League BaseballAbreu, deGrom voted leagues' top rookies
Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was a unanimous winner of the AL Rookie of the Year award, and New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom won the NL honor.
"I don't have any words to describe this moment," Abreu said through a translator on the MLB Network telecast Monday. "I consider myself a good hitter, and I guess I've proven it."
One year after defecting from Cuba, the 27-year-old Abreu led the major leagues with a .581 slugging percentage. He was sixth in batting at .317, tied for fourth in home runs with 36 and fifth in RBI with 107.
Abreu received all 30 first place votes for 150 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Los Angeles Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker was second with 40 points, followed by New York Yankees reliever Dellin Betances (27), Houston pitcher Collin McHugh (21) and Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (16), who was hurt for most of the season's second half.
DeGrom received 26 of 30 first-place votes and 142 points. Speedy Cincinnati outfielder Billy Hamilton was second with four firsts and 92 points.
DeGrom went 0-4 with a 4.39 ERA in his first seven starts, then won at Miami with seven scoreless innings on June 21. He went on to win nine of his last 11 decisions, compiling a 1.99 ERA, and finished 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA.
■ The Cincinnati Reds promoted Jim Riggleman to third base coach on Monday, replacing Steve Smith. It's the only change on Cincinnati's coaching staff following an 86-loss season that was their worst since 2008. Riggleman joined the Reds in 2012 as manager of their Double-A team. He managed Triple-A Louisville the last two years.
SEC honors volleyball's O'Conner, Napper
Kentucky volleyball senior Lauren O'Conner was named the Southeastern Conference's player of the week for the second straight time. Teammate Jackie Napper was named the league's top defensive player for the fourth time this season.
O'Conner, a Scott High School graduate, led the Cats in kills in all three matches, including 21 against Georgia, one short of tying a career best. Napper, who starred in high school at Assumption, had at least 12 digs in all three wins, highlighted by a career-high-tying 26 in Friday's 3-1 win vs. Georgia.
Georgetown honoring Hill at tonight's game
When Midway visits Georgetown College at 6 p.m. Tuesday for a women's basketball contest, the game is billed as "Play for 22" in honor of Mount St. Joseph's Lauren Hill.
The freshman forward at the Cincinnati college has an inoperable form of brain cancer that is terminal. All gate receipts and the proceeds from special T-shirts being sold at the contest will be donated to Hill's family to help defray medical expenses. Donations are welcome, too.
The last word
Before Monday's game, the Cavaliers' LeBron James talked about his team's matchup against the Pelicans' Anthony Davis:
"He doesn't compare to anybody, Early on, they said Marcus Camby, but Marcus Camby can't score like AD can. He doesn't compare to nobody."