CLEVELAND (AP) — Chris Kaman scored 21 points and the New Orleans Hornets held off a late Cleveland rally for an 89-84 win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Rookie point guard Kyrie Irving, who made several clutch plays in Cleveland’s back-to-back one-point wins over Sacramento and Detroit, was held to six points, tying his career low that occurred in his first NBA game against Toronto on Dec. 26.
Irving’s jumper with 2:08 to play cut New Orleans’ lead to 76-74, but Kaman’s dunk and Marco Belinelli’s 3-pointer put the Hornets ahead 81-74 with 1:04 to play.
Antawn Jamison led Cleveland with 22 points. Irving, who shot 2 of 13 from the field, recorded a career-high with 11 assists. Cleveland missed a chance to win three straight games for the first time this season.