We had a great rotation thing down the last few games and for a guy to go down that early, it kind of messed that up.
James, who won two National Basketball Association titles with the Heat before returning to lead Cleveland to the 2016 crown, led the Cavs with 18 points.
The NBA-leading Rockets became the first team since San Antonio in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season to have three winning streaks of at least 10 games in a season.
The Cavs saw forward Kevin Love depart less than two minutes in after he took an elbow to the face that loosened a tooth. Later, Love tried to return to action, but experienced symptoms of a concussion and was ruled out for the remainder of the contest. His status for the Charlotte Hornets game is undetermined at this time. "Missed shots early. And we allowed their pressure to take us out of some of the stuff we wanted to do". All we know is his front tooth was dislodged and he exhibited concussion-like symptoms at halftime.More news: Grant Hill to enter Basketball Hall of Fame
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Despite their multitude of injury woes, it looked as if the Warriors might avoid a second straight defeat. The Cavaliers' medical staff quickly took him out of the game, his absence felt on the offensive glass and in the general makeup of the team's offence.
Relief can't come soon enough for Golden State.
Coach Steve Kerr said Durant will return from a rib injury against the Milwaukee Bucks today. His total stat line for the game was 1 point, 1 rebound, 1 turnover and 2 fouls in seven minutes. "One of our best defensive games since I've been here, for sure". That means Lillard, who scored 41 points in Portland's 107-103 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night, won't play when the Blazers visit Memphis on Wednesday night.