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Mavs buck Cavs

The Cavs lost to the Mavericks, 104-97 without Kevin Love in Dallas

The Cavaliers went to Dallas and were bucked by the Mavericks.

Cleveland was lackluster on their second night of a back-to-back as they dropped a 104-97 decision to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Cavs defeated the Thunder by 17 points on Sunday, but then traveled to Dallas minus Kevin Love and couldn't come away with the win. The Cavaliers drop to 32-15, while the Mavericks improved to 18-30.

LeBron James scored 23 points, while Kyrie Irving added 18 points. Channing Frye scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough.

Cleveland trailed 55-50 at halftime and 81-70 after three quarters.

Tip Ins

Love Update: Kevin Love did not make the trip to Dallas as he's dealing with lower back spasms. Love underwent additional testing and evaluation at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health today, the results of which revealed no structural damage. Love will be Out for Wednesday’s home game vs. the Timberwolves, while continuing to receive treatment with a protocol of rest and rehabilitation. His return to play status will be updated as appropriate.

Bench Help: Channing Frye, RIchard Jefferson and Jordan McRae combined for 35 points off the bench. Frye had 13, Jefferson 11 and McRae added 11.

Shoot the Three: The Cavs shot 37.5 percent from behind the three-point line on 12-of-32 attempts. Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson each had three treys.

Board Work: Despite the loss, the Cavs had more rebounds than the Mavs with 48-46. LeBron James led the Cavs with nine rebounds. 

Tough Night for TT: After scoring 19 points and having 12 rebounds on Sunday, Tristan Thompson was shut out against Dallas and had eight rebounds. Thompson did not attempt any field goals or any free throws. 

Mixed Bag: The Cavs had just 17 assists, while committing 17 turnovers. 

Next Up: The Cavs will return home to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night at 7 pm. Minnesota features former Cavs No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. 

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