The Charlotte Hornets put up a good fight against the Cleveland Cavaliers last night but ultimately LeBron James and Co. proved too strong as the defending champions marched on to 8-1.
Thanks to 11 fourth quarter points from LeBron, the Cavaliers were able to recover from a one-point deficit to begin the final 12 minutes, to win 100-93.
Charlotte's chances hung on some crucial moments, James' block on Frank Kaminsky breathed fresh life into the team and his two clutch three-pointers really brought the game to life.
However, the Hornets really didn't help themselves with some clumsy plays in the first half. Their lead could have been much stronger had they not produced two brilliant contenders for this week's edition of Shaqtin a fool.
First off it was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams, who both went to for the same rebounds before taking a tumble and gifting the ball to Kevin Love on the floor, who picked himself up before being fouled by Cody Zeller and scoring both free throws.
Then it was the turn of Spencer Hawes, who missed a golden opportunity to end the half with a slam dunk and stretch Charlotte's lead to four heading back to the locker rooms.
Off a Kay Felder miss, Kemba Walker launched the ball up to Hawes, who had the whole of the d to himself but somehow managed to miss the wide open slam dunk.
Shaquille O'Neal would have been having a field day watching the Hornets fail miserably.