The Cleveland Cavaliers handled the surging Charlotte Hornets in Cleveland, notching a 112-103 victory as Charlotte struggled with a slow start (19 first quarter points). Looking toward the playoffs there both teams had big positives in the game. On the Cavs side, even playing without Kyrie Irving, the ball moved beautifully in transition and on offensive sets — the Cavs finished with 34 assists. Assists are always a key stat for teams that go deep in the playoffs.
On the Hornets side, consistent penetration and free throw attempts against the Cavs were both factors that make Charlotte likely to be a tough out come the playoffs. The Hornets made 26-of-27 free throw attempts, led by Kemba Walker (10-11) and Jeremy Lin (7-7). The Cavs made just six of the mere 13 they took. LeBron James, Kevin Love and Matthew Dellavedova each committed four personal fouls in the victory. In the playoffs, Charlotte’s ability to get to the line and put the opposition in foul trouble should be significant.