That run ended up spilling over into the fourth, where the Cavs capped a 13-0 run, almost putting the game out of reach. You so rarely get to see the two best players on the floor guarding one another; and it's even more rare that that duel decides the entire game. LeBron James has challenged this team several times, and it is time for them to respond.
The Trail Blazers (37-38) won their fifth consecutive game and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Denver in the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.
Thompson declined to talk about the argument after the game.
The Bulls jumped out to a hot start behind Nikola Mirotic, who scored 13 of his game-high 28 points in the first quarter.
James didn't only have words with Thompson.
Rather than celebrate Love's 3, James and Thompson waived each other off as they headed to the bench. Thompson walked away and sat on the scorer's table by himself.
LeBron James moved himself further up the all-time National Basketball Association scoring list but his Cleveland Cavaliers side lost again.
Cleveland won, and after the game, James took the blame for his public spat. He was gone before James was done speaking. James had two dunks in a span of 15 seconds as Cleveland built a 23-point lead.
LeBron James and Tristan Thompson, as well as Smith, are all represented by the same agent.
"They played at a championship level", coach Brett Brown said.
"Anything we can do to get a win at this point is good and make one more little push", said Ish Smith, who had 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Move forward. Move forward.
"We got back in transition", Butler said. "Not going to get into (the reasons), just miscommunication, like I said".
"It is what it is".
IN took what seemed like much more than five seconds to get the ball inbounds and George missed a fadeaway jumper with his foot on the 3-point line, but was fouled by Thompson with 1.4 seconds to go.
The Cavs looked like they had won in the first OT when Smith took a pass from James and hit a left-corner three to put them up 114-113 with 2.8 second left, but things got real insane from there.
James and his fellow Cavaliers teammates were locked in a divisional battle with the Indiana Pacers where the Pacers pushed the game to double overtime. "We've got to focus on the present and that's what we're going to do".
When asked who was at fault, Head Coach Tyronn Lue made lite of the situation. Eventually Love tried to hold Thompson back as James put his hands on Thompson's chest. "He made some big-time plays tonight, he's a big-time player". That's part of the game. That's how we've got to play.
"We needed a win, so it was a good win for us", Lue said. But they still had lapses in focus and execution, and Thompson was screaming mad after a blown defensive assignment allowed George to hit a 3 that pulled the Pacers within 128-127 with 49 seconds left. I take full responsibility for that as the leader of the team. On Thursday, the Cavaliers finished a brutal stretch of six of seven games on the road, with visits to every time zone in the continental United States. The last play of regulation they trapped him and he was able to get (CJ) Miles an open look.style="text-align: center;"