LeBron's triple-double leads Cavs past Pelicans

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LeBron's Triple-Double Leads Cavs By Pelicans

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James recorded a triple-double with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and Kyrie Irving scored 27 of his 32 in the second half, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 118-111 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.

Kevin Love added 22 points for the Cavs, who played just their second home game this season.

James and Irving dominated in the second half, combining for 46 points - 30 in the third quarter when the Cavs overcame 9-point deficit. Love, too, was huge after halftime, making four 3-pointers.

Anthony Davis scored 27 with 14 rebounds for the Pelicans, who beat defending NBA champion San Antonio on Saturday night and gave the Cavaliers all they could handle. Ryan Anderson added 32 - 23 in the first half for New Orleans.

Irving's 3-pointer gave the Cavs a 101-95 lead, but the Pelicans didn't go away and were within three when Love drained one of his six 3-pointers. Irving scored on a conventional three-point play and then hit another long-range shot to give Cleveland a 110-98 lead with 2:26 left. James was taken out to a rousing ovation, but coach David Blatt had to re-insert the superstar in the closing seconds after Anderson's 3 brought the Pelicans within 117-111 with 13.9 seconds left.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against Alan Anderson #6 of the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Barclays Center on December 8, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in action against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on December 8, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Cavaliers defeated the Nets 110-88. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 12: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers makes a shot over Luke Babbitt #8 of the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on December 12, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks during the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies at Quicken Loans Arena on December 21, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 23: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game on December 23, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 23: Kevin Love #0 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers react after a play in the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Quicken Loans Arena on December 23, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 25: LeBron James #23 and Mike Miller #18 of the Cleveland Cavaliers high-five during a game against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena on December 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 25: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat converse during a game at the American Airlines Arena on December 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 25: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena on December 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
The Orlando Magic's Tobias Harris, right, defends against the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 26: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots the ball against the Orlando Magic during the game on December 26, 2014 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 28: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defends against the Detroit Pistons during the game on December 28, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 28: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game against the Detroit Pistons on December 28, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes to the basket against the New Orleans Pelicans on November 10, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, lays in a shot against New Orleans Pelicans' Ryan Anderson in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Cleveland. James' 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists lead the Cavaliers to a 118-111 win. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes for the dunk against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans on November 10, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks to pass during the game on November 10, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives down the court against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles to the basket against Eric Gordon #10 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against Eric Gordon #10 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defends the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game on November 10, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers laughs during an interview after the winning game against the New Orleans Pelicans on November 10, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Cavs were playing their first home game since their emotional season opener, when James had eight turnovers and couldn't match the monumental event. Cleveland just returned from a four-game road trip, which had its share of drama as James challenged his young teammates following a loss in Portland.

But in their first game back, the Cavs "Big 3" showed why they've been pegged as title favorites.

The Pelicans led 78-69 when Irving scored nine straight, capping his solo mission with a 3-pointer to tie it. James made three free throws in the final minute and capped the quarter with one of those thunderous dunks only he can deliver to give the Cavs an 85-79 lead after three.

Anderson, who has been coming off the bench all season, made 7 of his first 8 shots, helping the Pelicans build a 12-point lead.

He was getting open looks, but he also knocked down some contested attempts, and at open point Anderson was outscoring the James-Irving-Love triumvirate 23-18.

Travel issues prevented the Pelicans from arriving until nearly 3 a.m. The team was scheduled to leave at 4 p.m. on Sunday, but a mechanical problem with their plane caused a long delay and a new pilot and crew had to be flown in from Minnesota, delaying the flight by six hours.

"It was actually a good thing for us," coach Monty Williams said. "We had Internet on the plane. We watched games and did our work. It could have been a lot worse."

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Pelicans: Davis came in leading the league in rebounds (12.8), blocks (4.4), steals (2.2) and was fifth in scoring (24.4). "He's one of the elite players," said James, who played with Davis on the U.S. Olympic team in 2012. James said Davis has a unique game. "It doesn't compare to anybody," he said. ... Williams had a quick response when asked who would cover James. "Our whole team," he said.

Cavaliers: G Dion Waiters sat out with a bruised lower back, an injury he sustained Friday when he was fouled on a layup by Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur, who was suspended one game. It's not known how long Waiters will be sidelined. ... Rookie G Joe Harris made his first career 3-pointer in the first half. ... Cleveland plays eight of its next 10 games at home.

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Pelicans: Host Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

Cavaliers: At Boston on Friday.

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