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NBA Scores 2018: The Cavaliers still have a lot to figure out and 8 other things from Tuesday

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The Cavaliers’ defense is bad, but LeBron James is still very good.

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Cavaliers are still trying to figure some things out. They barely squeaked by the Nets Tuesday night and avoided what would have been a double loss. Not only would they have lost the game, but they would’ve made the Nets’ pick they traded for worse by handing the Nets a win.

LeBron James came through, as always, with a 31 point, 12 rebound, and 11 assist night, but it almost wasn’t enough. George Hill also poured in 26 points and five assists to go with James’ incredible night.

But it wasn’t their offense that was the problem — they struggled defensively the same way they have all season long. The Nets shot 53 percent from the field, made 12 three-point attempts and shot 30 (!) free throws. The Cavs just aren’t able to stay in front of anyone, no matter who is on the roster.

Their current players still have a lot to learn about each other and will improve with time, but that’s something the Cavs don’t have a lot of. The playoffs are just about a month and a half away and the Wizards are knocking on the door for the three seed. Cleveland needs to get in shape and they need to do it fast.

James continues to be incredible

You can’t mention the Cavaliers without mentioning James. He’s averaged a triple-double throughout February with 27.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 10.3 assists per game. He does literally everything for his team and has been doing this his entire career.

Oh, and he created another exclusive club for himself? Welcome to 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds, and 8,000 assists, Mr. James. It only goes up from here.

Miami is forever Dwyane Wade’s

Wade sent the 76ers home with a loss after dropping 27 points off the bench, including an incredible game winner over Ben Simmons.

Wade had to leave Miami as a business decision, but man, am we’re he’s back. He never should’ve left and now everything is right in the universe again. We get moments like this back.

Wade County forever.

Damian Lillard finishes his spectacular February on a high note

Lillard isn’t going to win Player of the Month — that’s Anthony Davis’ running away. We won’t hear him in the MVP conversation, either. But he’s led the Blazers to a season-high nine games over .500 and has balled out over the last month while doing it.

The Blazers have won six of their last seven games behind Lillard’s strong play. Lillard is averaging 29.9 points and 6.3 assists per game over the last 11 games with a 63 percent true shooting mark.

The Blazers’ all-star has been phenomenal all season, but these numbers are MVP-level good. He won’t win it and shouldn’t really be considered for it, but his season so far definitely deserves some recognition.

James Harden doesn’t know who Blake Griffin is, apparently

The Clippers and the Rockets play each other Wednesday night for the first time since the Rockets went tunnel diving in the bowels of the Staples Center to, uh, have words with the Clippers.

Ahead of that game, ESPN’s Shelley Smith sat down with Harden to talk about playing the Clippers for the first time since the incident and he still has no love for them. But the best part is Harden flat out dismissing Griffin when Smith mentions him.

This game is going to be good.

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Scores

Wizards 107, Bucks 104 (Bullets Forever recap | Brewhoop recap)

Hornets 118, Bulls 103 (At the Hive recap | Blog a Bull recap)

Cavaliers 129, Nets 123 (Fear the Sword recap | Nets Daily recap)

Heat 102, 76ers 101 (Hot Hot Hoops recap | Liberty Ballers recap)

Trail Blazers 116, Kings 99 (Blazers Edge recap | Sactown Royalty recap)

Nuggets 122, Clippers 120 (Denver Stiffs recap | Clips Nation recap)