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Cavs pour in threes to earn landmark win against Hornets

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(The Sports Xchange) - Channing Frye made six of Cleveland's 14 3-pointers in a 100-93 win against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday as the Cavaliers became the first team ever to make at least 10 3-pointers in each of their first nine games.

Frye scored 20 points off the bench and LeBron James scored 19, grabbed eight rebounds and passed for eight assists. James' 3-pointer in the final minute extended the Cavs' lead to nine and handed the Hornets their second straight loss.

Kyrie Irving scored 19 points, while Kevin Love scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Cavs. Iman Shumpert scored 15 points off the bench.

Kemba Walker scored 21 points for the Hornets, extending his streak to eight straight with at least 20 points. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returned from a strained back to score 11 points and grab 10 rebounds.

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30. 76ers (0-6)
Last Week: 30

Philly gave the Cavs a run for their money over the weekend, but still haven't gotten in the W column. While their offense ranks dead last, the defense has remained competitive, coming in at 18th, which is encouraging.

(AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

29. Pelicans (0-8)
Last Week: 26

Hey, Pelicans: Get. Anthony. Davis. Some. Help. Please.

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

28. Suns (2-6)
Last Week: 29

The run-and-gun Suns are back, leading the NBA in pace of play, but the offense ranks 22nd in efficiency through eight games.

(Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

27. Kings (4-5)
Last Week: 24

Boogie Cousins and Rudy Gay still lead the way with massive stat lines over the first nine games, but the Kings are still an incohesive mess. Time should help alleviate this, but in the short-term, it's a struggle.

(AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

26. Nets (3-4)
Last Week: 25

It's not like Brooklyn was going to be very competitive to begin with, but Jeremy Lin's injury is especially disappointing. Averaging 15 points, six assists and four boards, Lin was making the most of his return to an NBA starting lineup, and will miss at least another week with a hamstring strain.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

25. Wizards (1-5)
Last Week: 22

1-5 isn't exactly what Washington had hoped for entering the season under Scott Brooks. The team is shooting three-pointers least often among all 30 teams, and making them at the 28th-best clip.

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

24. Mavericks (2-5)
Last Week: 23

Harrison Barnes' emergence as a viable threat is encouraging, but he has work to do to prove he can sustain that level of performance. Dallas needs all the offensive skill it can find.

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

23. Magic (3-4)
Last Week: 28

Not much seems to be working for Orlando in the early going. They're keeping opponents off the three-point line, but are allowing them to make half their shots from inside the arc while shooting at a league-worst 41-percent clip themselves.

(AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

22. Knicks (2-4)
Last Week: 20

While the offense seems to be clicking, president Phil Jackson isn't happy with it. He's assigned Kurt Rambis to coach the defense, which neither the players or other coaches seem to understand. Things seem to be going great in Knickland.

(AP Photo/Matt Marton)

21. Lakers (4-4)
Last Week: 27

Luke Walton's Lakers currently boast a top-10 offense, scoring 107.8 points per 100 possessions over eight games. They pulled off a surprising upset of the Warriors over the weekend, and at 4-4, have avoided the West's cellar to this point. It's unlikely they sustain this, but the potential in their pieces is undeniable.

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

20. Timberwolves (1-5)
Last Week: 17

Despite a 1-5 record, Minnesota's offense ranks in the top half of the league, with the defense ranking 19th -- not good but not terrible. The Wiggins-Towns-LaVine trio may be the best collection of young talent in the NBA, and it's only a matter of time before they help the Wolves break through.

(AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

19. Nuggets (3-4)
Last Week: 21

Mike Malone has the Nuggets competing on defense, but it's not quite translating to tangible results just yet. Four Denver players are scoring at least 15 points per game, but they'll need to be more efficient with their possessions.

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

18. Heat (2-4)
Last Week: 16

Miami's defense ranks sixth: The athleticism and coaching schemes are very good. It ranks 27th in offense: The skill level isn't quite there yet. There's a good framework laid down in South Beach, but make no mistake, this is a rebuild.

(Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

17. Grizzlies (4-4)
Last Week: 19

The Grizzlies remain built to contend for a playoff spot in the Western Conference as long as they stay healthy. To this point, they have, but that's no guarantee moving forward.

(AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

16. Bulls (4-3)
Last Week: 9

Chicago has inevitably cooled down after its sizzling offensive start. They'll continue to win out on sheer talent, but things won't come nearly as easy as they did over the first week of play.

(AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

15. Bucks (4-3)
Last Week: 18

An overtime slop-fest, with a final score of 86-75 in a loss to Dallas, was far from an inspiring performance, but it came after three consecutive victories, the latter two coming in blowout fashion.

(Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

14. Pacers (3-4)
Last Week: 14

Under Nate McMillan, the Pacers are experiencing their fair share of growing pains. The talent level is there, but the fact remains that they did lose significant pieces over the summer. Led by Paul George, there's still a significant chance for Indiana to grow -- but things are definitely off to a rocky start.

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

13. Rockets (4-3)
Last Week: 11

James Harden's season is off to a rousing start, with three 30-point, 15-assist games over the first seven contests. Houston's defense will need to improve -- Patrick Beverley's return should help it -- but the Rockets already look more competitive than they were last season.

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

12. Pistons (4-3)
Last Week: 12

A lot of mediocrity on offense from Detroit this year, without Reggie Jackson, has been coupled with very good defense. The result? A mediocre 4-3 record. The team should round out better when their point guard returns, though.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

11. Jazz (5-3)
Last Week: 15

Despite injuries, Utah has managed to compete well on both ends of the court. With Gordon Hayward now back in the mix, look for the Jazz to make a serious run up the Western Conference latter over the weeks to come.

(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

10. Trail Blazers (5-3)
Last Week: 10

55.7 points per game from Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum has Portland's offense soaring, but defense will likely be an issue all year.

(AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

9. Celtics (3-3)
Last Week: 5

No Jae Crowder and no Al Horford has translated to no defense. Boston ranks 29th on that end, despite running the third-most effective offense through two weeks.

(Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

8. Hawks (5-2)
Last Week: 8

Atlanta appears rejuvenated, despite the losses of Al Horford and Jeff Teague. Dennis Schroder's 16.9 points and 6.4 assists have played a part in that, as has Dwight Howard's resurgence.

(Photo by Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

7. Hornets (5-1)
Last Week: 13

Steve Clifford is proving once again that his Hornets boast one of the league's best defenses. Kemba Walker seems to have taken the next step offensively, averaging 24 points and shooting 49 percent from the floor.

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

6. Raptors (4-2)
Last Week: 6

Toronto again appears to be a legitimate threat in the East, behind DeMar DeRozan's 33.7 points per night on 52.4 percent shooting. The team has a major need for a viable three-point threat, but great defense has covered up the blemishes of an imperfect offense so far.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

5. Thunder (6-1)
Last Week: 7

Russell Westbrook has cooled off a tad lately, but the Thunder's strong defense inside and along the perimeter have been them a tough opponent all season, and that doesn't seem likely to change.

(AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

4. Spurs (5-2)
Last Week: 2

Kawhi Leonard's ridiculous 35.0 PER seems to be closer to reality than small sample size would lead you to believe. It was only a matter of time before he blossomed into his own star, and that time is now.

(Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)

3. Warriors (5-2)
Last Week: 3

Sure, these Warriors already have as many losses as last year's team had on New Year's. The defense has been the primary issue, but with most of their rotation players able to switch onto any position, they'll be fine once the initial kinks are ironed out.

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

2. Clippers (6-1)
Last Week: 4

Headlined by a blowout win over the Spurs in their home building, the Clippers have come out firing. The league's best defense has carried them there, while Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have each held up their end on the other end of the court.

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

1. Cavaliers (6-1)
Last Week: 1

A near-loss to the 76ers notwithstanding, the Cavaliers' dynamic offensive attack has looked untouchable. LeBron James' 9.9 assists per game lead the team through seven games, as the Cavs look primed to defend their title.

(Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)


After starting the year 6-1, the Hornets have lost their last two games to the Raptors and Cavs -- the two teams considered the best in the East after meeting in the conference finals last season.

The Hornets led 72-71 entering the fourth when Shumpert and Frye made 3-pointers to give the Cavs the lead.

Frye's second 3-pointer of the fourth extended the lead to 89-80 with 5:43 to play and followed it up with a mid-range jumper to push the lead to double figures. Eleven of Frye's 20 points came in the fourth quarter.

The Cavs broke the 3-point shooting record set by the Houston Rockets, who made at least 10 3-pointers in their first eight games to open the 2014-15 season.

Cleveland began the day ranked second in the league in 3-pointers made, averaging 13.1 per game.

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