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LeBron James injures his eye in Cavs win over Hornets

The Cavs finished their road trip in Charlotte with a win, 112-105 over the Hornets, but might have lost LeBron James for Saturday's game with the Wizards

The Cavaliers received a big win over the Charlotte Hornets but it might have come at a price.

LeBron James was poked in the eye in the third quarter by Jeremy Lamb, but remained in the game. However, James is listed as questionable for Saturday night's key matchup with the Washington Wizards.

"If coach decides to give me a game off, it's not because I'm resting, it's because I'm banged up," James said after the game referring to the flap the Cavs received when James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were held out for rest in last Saturday's loss to the Clippers. 

Later, James said "I'll be alright."

With the Boston Celtics breathing down the Cavaliers necks, the Cavs were able to finish their four-game road trip with a 112-105 win over the Hornets in Charlotte. The 'Big 3' combined for 71 points, led by James' with 32 points, Irving added 26 and Love scored 15 points. James finished just one rebound short of a triple-double with 11 assists and nine rebounds. Love had a double-double with 12 rebounds to go with his 15 points. 

With the win, the Cavs improve to 47-24 and will play host to the Washington Wizards on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The Celtics won Friday night over Phoenix, as well and the Cavs remain just one game ahead of Boston for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte falls to 32-40.

Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 28 points. 

Tip Ins

Double-Double Night: LeBron James finished just one rebound shy of a triple-double with 32 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds. Kevin Love had 15 points and 12 rebounds. 

No Derrick: Derrick Williams is the odd man out in the Cavs rotation with Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver back in the lineup. He did not play against Charlotte. 

Helping Out: The Cavs had 26 assists, led by LeBron James with 11, followed by Kyrie Irving with 7. Meanwhile, the Cavs turned over the ball 12 times. 

Three Ball: The Cavs fell short of hitting ten three-point shots with 9-of-25 for 36 percent. J.R. Smith was 3-of-5 to lead the team from long distance.

Next Up: The Cavs return home after a four-game road trip and play the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena at 7:30 pm Saturday night. 


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