New Orleans Pelicans, though he was not calling the plays. In 22 minutes of action, the veteran point guard had scored 8 points on 4-of-7 shooting in a game in which Cleveland trailed the Pelicans by 10 points at halftime.
The Cavaliers had hit 7-of-10 (70 percent) from the field to start the game, but cooled off considerably over the rest of the first quarter, connecting on just 5-of-13 (38 percent) in that area.
"I think records are always meant to be broken", James said. He'll be evaluated Saturday.
Cavaliers: It wouldn't be a Cavs game without an injury, as G George Hill hurt his left ankle in the third quarter.
Clarkson was also a key performer for the Cavaliers as he scored 23 points on 9-of-13 from the field.
Jrue Holiday led the Pelicans (43-33) with 25 points and Nikola Mirotic, who was shooting 29 percent from the field in his previous 10 games, had 20 points and seven rebounds. If I do make half of those shots that I missed, we probably wouldn't even be in that situation. They are getting Kevin Love back after he missed the better part of two games with a concussion.
Lue, who took over the Cavs midway through the 2016 season and guided them to an National Basketball Association championship, last coached in a game on March 17 in Chicago.
The only other Cavs player to score in double-figures was Rodney Hood, who notched 16 on the night.