The Cavaliers jumped to a 21-0 lead but the Hornets regrouped and got to within two points early in the third quarter before the Cavaliers pulled away. Charlotte trailed, 59-57, but Cleveland regained control and pushed the lead back to double figures.
The Cavaliers ended the third quarter on a 21-9 run. James scored seven points and
Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 24 points and
In information provided by the Cavaliers from Elias Sports Bureau, the 21-0 lead to start a game is the largest to start a game since Portland scored the first 22 points against Boston in 2004.
Boston 105, at Philadelphia 87:
at Atlanta 93, Chicago 86:
at Toronto 95, Orlando 82:
Milwaukee 96, at Phoenix 94: