The calendar may have changed from January to February but the Cleveland Cavaliers' results have not. Just as January ended on a a three game losing streak, February starts with another loss, this time 106-92 to the Houston Rockets.
The Cavaliers' issues defending guards did not go away with the new month either, as two of the Rockets' guards combined for 43 points.
James Harden had a game-high 28 points and Jeremy Lin came off the bench to add 15 more. Harden was playing in his first game back after dealing with a bruised left thumb. Lin finished with his first career triple double, adding 10 assists and 11 rebounds to his point total.
Houston got off to a great start in the game, building the lead up to 19 in the first half, but Cleveland came storming back in the second. The Rockets were able to weather the storm however, going on a 10-2 run in the third quarter that pushed the lead to 82-68.
Dwight Howard had a good night going up against Tyler Zeller. The big man finished with 26 points and six rebounds. Rockets' guard Patrick Beverley became the first player to register at least 10 rebounds, eight assists, and five steals while also being held scoreless since steals became an official stat in 1973.
Terrence Jones also had 17 points and seven rebounds for Houston.
Luol Deng had a good night offensively for the Cavs, scoring 24 points on 10-19 shooting. It was thought that Deng would be a big addition on both sides of the ball, but the Cavaliers' defense has not seen the improvement expected since his arrival.
Kyrie Irving finished with 21 points, seven assists, and four rebounds in his first game since stating this season has been the most difficult of his career.
The Cavs continue to the trend of playing every other night, as they finish their road trip with a game against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.
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