The Cleveland Cavaliers traveled to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans Friday night. After rumors of a locker room fight the Cavaliers looked to get back on track as they had lost four of their last five games coming into Friday night's contest.
The Cavs took a 51-42 lead into halftime, but the Pelicans slowly chipped away at that lead in the second half. With under five minutes to play the Cavaliers had a 12 point lead until the Pelicans went on a 23-5 run culminating in a three point shot by Eric Gordon to put New Orleans up for good, final score, 104-100.
Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers in scoring with 22 points and five rebounds. The Cavs had five players scoring in double digits in Friday's loss. Jarret Jack had 19 points and went 9-for-13 from field goal range. Earl Clark scored 11 points and went 3-for-5 from behind the three point line. Australian rookie Matthew Dellavedova went scoreless in his first NBA start.
The Cavaliers have now lost two games in a row and five of their last six. Things will certainly not get any easier as they will travel to San Antonio to take on the defending Western Conference Champion Spurs on Saturday. After that, they take on LeBron James and the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat. James has led the Heat to a (9-3) start in 2013.