New Orleans Pelicans Game Recap: Cavs Best Pelicans on LeBron's Historic Night

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"That's a good moment, a special moment not only for myself but for my family and for so many kids that look up to me for inspiration to know that you can actually go out there and do it and know where I've come from", he said.

James finished with 27 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, adding another stellar performance to his MVP-worthy 15th National Basketball Association season.

The Pelicans have lost three in a row for the first time since before the All-Star break.

Though the Pelicans are set to return to the postseason for the first time in four years, they are still jostling for position in the taxing Western Conference.

During a stoppage in play, James came over and took the game ball, which he plans to add to his overloaded trophy case at home. The Pelicans are 18 with 10.1 made threes per game and stand 19 in the league by converting 35.9 percent from long range this season.

James hit back-to-back fadeaways that gave the Cavs a 105-98 lead with two minutes remaining, but New Orleans tried to string together a late comeback that fell just short.

Clarkson was also a key performer for the Cavaliers as he scored 23 points on 9-of-13 from the field. "At this point, teams are playing differently anyway".

The New Orleans Pelicans crushed the Cavaliers earlier in the season, 123-101, but that was against a Cavs team that was generating apocalyptic headlines at the time and a Pelicans team that boasted a twin tower lineup with DeMarcus Cousins and Antonio Davis. "I think it was the canine".

Several players and team staff members really took to the experience - Kevin Love featured the dog, who has more than 4,000 Instagram followers, in an Instagram story - but none was as smitten as JR Smith. They're getting healthier off it, too. The Cavaliers are 6-1 so far since Lue fell ill in a March 17 matchup against the Chicago Bulls.

Cavs acting head coach Larry Drew gave credit to Remington for Smith's breakout game.

Lue, 40, had been dealing with chest pains and other serious symptoms, including coughing up blood, compounded by a loss of sleep for the majority of the season.

"We're starting to get full, both from a coach's perspective and a player's perspective, so it's definitely encouraging for sure", James said at shootaround Friday morning.