Mitchell leads Cleveland against Charlotte after 42-point performance

Cleveland Cavaliers (42-27, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (22-47, 14th in the Eastern Conference)

Charlotte, North Carolina; Sunday, 5 p.m. EDT


BOTTOM LINE: Cleveland visits the Charlotte Hornets after Donovan Mitchell scored 42 points in the Cavaliers' 119-115 loss to the Miami Heat.

The Hornets are 13-31 in Eastern Conference games. Charlotte averages 13.2 turnovers per game and is 11-25 when it turns the ball over less than its opponents.

The Cavaliers are 26-14 in conference play. Cleveland ranks fifth in the Eastern Conference shooting 36.5% from 3-point range.

The teams square off for the second time this season. The Cavaliers won the last meeting 132-122 in overtime on Nov. 19, with Darius Garland scoring 41 points in the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Terry Rozier is averaging 21.3 points and five assists for the Hornets. Kelly Oubre Jr. is averaging 19.1 points over the last 10 games for Charlotte.

Garland is scoring 22.0 points per game and averaging 2.7 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Mitchell is averaging 31.4 points and 4.4 rebounds over the last 10 games for Cleveland.

LAST 10 GAMES: Hornets: 6-4, averaging 108.5 points, 46.4 rebounds, 23.2 assists, 7.0 steals and 6.3 blocks per game while shooting 44.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.3 points per game.

Cavaliers: 5-5, averaging 113.9 points, 39.3 rebounds, 24.7 assists, 8.5 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.1 points.

INJURIES: Hornets: LaMelo Ball: out for season (ankle), Mark Williams: day to day (thumb), Cody Martin: out (knee).

Cavaliers: Darius Garland: day to day (quad), Jarrett Allen: day to day (eye).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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