Chris Kaman scored 21 points and the New Orleans Hornets held off a late Cleveland rally for an 89-84 win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Rookie point guard Kyrie Irving, who made several clutch plays in Cleveland's back-to-back one-point wins over Sacramento and Detroit, was held to six points, tying his career low that occurred in his first NBA game against Toronto on Dec. 26.
Irving's jumper with 2:08 to play cut New Orleans' lead to 76-74, but Kaman's dunk and Marco Belinelli's 3-pointer put the Hornets ahead 81-74 with 1:04 to play.
Antawn Jamison led Cleveland with 22 points. Irving, who shot 2 of 13 from the field, recorded a career-high with 11 assists. Cleveland missed a chance to win three straight games for the first time this season.
Belinelli scored 19 points while Jarrett Jack added 16 for New Orleans. Kaman, the subject of trade rumors earlier this month, also grabbed 13 rebounds.
New Orleans, which lost to Indiana in overtime on Tuesda...