At 45-30, the Cavaliers are third in the East, just a half game ahead of Philadelphia and the Pacers. A loss on Friday and the Cavs would've been in fifth.
Big man Kevin Love, who was hit in the mouth Tuesday in Miami, returned after missing one game while going through the league's concussion protocol.
"I think we missed makable shots". Rodney Hood added 16 points. That helped the Pelicans eat away at a pair of early eight-point leads, closing the period by outscoring the Cavs 20-12 and making it a 29-all deadlock. He'll be evaluated Saturday.
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Clarkson was also a key performer for the Cavaliers as he scored 23 points on 9-of-13 from the field. Jose Calderon played some minutes for Hill and scored five points. Like his record-tying bucket Wednesday in Charlotte, James set the new record on a dunk. "He's talked to management here in the organization and they've come up with a plan as far as when it's time for him to come back how often he'll be around and how they want to move forward as far as him getting used to getting back into the grind".