James notched another triple-double and was all over the court during the Charlotte Hornets' final possession, and the Cavs hung on to beat the Hornets 100-99. Howard responded to a fan by sticking his tongue out and placing two fingers between the sides of his lip.
Howard is enjoying a renewed season in Charlotte, averaging 15.5 points, 12.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.
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Walker was held to 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting in the loss at San Antonio but has averaged 17.6 points and 4.3 assists in 11 games against the Spurs.
"They just picked up their intensity and we never picked up ours", Aldridge said.
Notable: Second-year pro Bryn Forbes has made more three-pointers this season (18) in 18 games than he did all of last season (17) in 36 games. "(With a) big body like that, we were just trying to tell everybody to stay home, guard your man and we'll live and die with whether he hits it or not". Walker finished with 15 points and eight assists but shot 6-of-21. The under is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings in Charlotte. "We probably have to go back and fix some things but we fought hard". Smith found his shot in the second half, finishing with 16 points. He scored eight in the final period. Friday, the Celtics (17-3) scored 40 points in the first quarter and 73 by halftime - both season highs - to send the Magic to their seventh straight loss.
The Hornets led after one period, 28-27, and 57-54 at halftime.