CHARLOTTE, NC -- The Hornets appeared to be in full control of the game after coming out of the gates firing on all cylinders. Cleveland coach JB Bickerstaff put an emphasis on the defensive side of the ball and it payed off, sparking the Cavs on the offensive side as they came roaring back to take a commanding lead heading into the final quarter. A hot shooting night from the Hornets helped propel them back into the game, leading by 3 with under a minute to go. Cavaliers forward Kevin Love was fouled with 2 seconds remaining, and knocked down both free throws to take a one point lead, as the Cavs went on to close out the game by the final score of 102-101.
Jarrett Allen was a man on a mission on Friday night in Charlotte, posting a new career high 29 points with 22 rebounds. Cleveland's sixth man Kevin Love once again brought a lot off the bench, scoring 25 points on 7-18 shooting.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will prepare for a divisional matchup against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday evening. Tip-off is set for 6:00 pm ET at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio.