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CLEVELAND -- Kevin Love scored 29 points, J. Shop Under Armour Schuhe .R. Smith found his aim -- for one half -- and LeBron James added 23 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their fifth straight, 103-86 on Tuesday night over the Memphis Grizzlies.Memphis rested center Marc Gasol for the first of back-to-back games against the defending NBA champions.Smith, who has been in a season-long shooting slump, scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half as the Cavs, who gave star point guard Kyrie Irving the night off, built a 22-point lead and ended the Grizzlies six-game winning streak.Zach Randolph replaced Gasol in the starting lineup and scored 18 points to lead the Grizzlies. The reigning Western Conference player of the week, Gasol is expected to play Wednesday in Memphis to complete a brutal three-game stretch for the Grizzlies, who beat Golden State by 21 on Saturday.Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said after the game that James, Love and Irving will not travel for the game Wednesday. Cleveland will start Smith, DeAndre Liggins, Iman Shumpert, James Jones and Tristan Thompson.Smith came in shooting a career-low 31 percent from the field and 32 percent on 3s, the lowest mark since his rookie season with New Orleans in 2004. He also has been slowed by a sore left knee, which he hyperextended last week, causing him to miss two games.Smith got it going early, dropping four 3-pointers in the first half. His fourth put the Cavs ahead 56-34, and he was 6 of 8 at halftime. He missed his first six shots in the third quarter and finished 8 of 17 -- 6 of 10 on 3s.Cleveland seemed disinterested after halftime and Memphis managed to stay within striking distance, but the Grizzlies didnt have enough firepower without Gasol and Mike Conley, who is expected to miss another month with a back injury.The Grizzlies were still within eight when James scored on a layup and hit a cutting Love for an easy bucket to make it 90-74 with 5:11 left.TIP-INSGrizzlies: G/F Vince Carter returned after missing seven games with a right hip flexor strain. He played 18 minutes. ... Memphis coach David Fizdale was an assistant in Miami the four years James was with the Heat. He coached me more than I coached him, said Fizdale, who got a big hug from James before the opening tip. Youre talking about a one percentile guy when it comes to basketball intelligence. I think I learned more from him than he learned from me.... Memphis is 12-0 this season in games decided by five points or less.Cavaliers: James needs 28 points to pass Moses Malone (27,409) for eighth place on the career scoring list. ... In Saturdays win over Charlotte, James became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1968 to score 44 points and get 10 assists, nine rebounds and shoot 70 percent. ... With his 3-pointer in the first, Love became the fifth active player with 800 career 3s and 6,000 rebounds. James, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce are the others. ... Channing Frye was back after missing two games for his fathers funeral. ... Smith passed Dale Ellis (1,719) for 14th on the career 3-pointer list.UP NEXTGrizzlies: After facing the Cavs again, Memphis hosts Sacramento on Friday.Cavaliers: Clevelands next home game is Saturday against the Lakers. Under Armour Schweiz Outlet .C. -- Glenn Howard needed an extra end to move into the Masters Grand Slam of Curling final. Günstig Under Armour Schuhe .Y. - Rob Manfred was promoted Monday to Major League Baseballs chief operating officer, which may make him a candidate to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner. http://www.schweizunderarmour.ch/ . Halifax beat the Saint John Sea Dogs 7-5 on the strength of two goals apiece from Nikolaj Ehlers, Matt Murphy and Brent Andrews. Jonathan Drouin also scored and had three assists while Zachary Fucale made 17 saves for the Mooseheads (16-8-0), who led 6-1 after two periods. ATLANTA -- Remember back when Hope Solo had the market cornered on controversy? How times have changed.In a lot of ways.The Netherlands was a goal away this spring from claiming the Olympic berth that Sweden instead nabbed. Under the direction of Pia Sundhage, the Swedes then memorably stifled the United States in an Olympic quarterfinal and eliminated the reigning champions in a shootout.That penalty shootout in Brasilia, in turn, left Solo incapable of stifling her true feelings about Swedens tactics. Her accusations of cowardice ultimately resulting in a six-month suspension which some feel could mark the permanent conclusion of the goalkeepers national-team career (despite the Free Hope sign fans displayed Sunday night in the Georgia Dome).Which makes one wonder what the past week, not to mention those ahead, would have looked like for the United States womens national team had Swedens Olivia Schough not scored against the Netherlands in the final minute of the first half of an Olympic qualifier in March.No Sweden in the Olympics, no Solo suspension. So blame Holland.A butterfly flaps its wings and a hurricane happens. Or something like that.There wasnt quite enough time to think through all of those machinations as Dutch winger Shanice van de Sanden bore down on the opposing goal at full speed in the second minute of her teams game against the U.S. on Sunday. But there was time to realize danger was at hand, and then to realize that it wasnt Solo on hand to make one final effort at averting disaster.The Dutch player scored with a shot across goal that any keeper would have struggled to stop. The damage was already done up the field to allow van de Sanden the open run at goal. Less than 120 seconds into the game, the United States trailed.The U.S. eventually erased the deficit for a 3-1 win, a far more useful -- and physical -- game than the 9-0 rout of Thailand four days earlier.There was the issue of the moment Sunday with Megan Rapinoe again kneeling during the national anthem. She entered the game to a notably mixed reception in the second half and heard boos every time she touched the ball thereafter -- even after setting up the third goal with a long cross that Carli Lloyd headed back to Allie Long. And there was also plenty of the familiar on display. The best part of the teams abbreviated stay in Brazil was Tobin Heath. She was a scalpel on the right side, lifting the U.S. out of its early doldrums to create the tying goal with a deft cross, which Carli Lloyd finished, and breathing life into the attack.But even as U.S. coach Jill Ellis said that the games against Thailand and Holland were about wrapping up the summer before turning the focus to preparations for a still-distant World Cup, Solos absence meant the past week was very much about the future for at least one position.For Naeher, who started Sunday, and Ashlyn Harris, who started against Thailand, the time is now.I think they both had exceptional league seasons and kept their teams in tough games, Ellis said this week. So its allowing them now to compete for that No. 1 spot, to go through a process. [Its] also to identify another keeper to bring in -- probably two to bring in to the mix because we want to be planning. Thats where were at with those two. I think by the time end of January rolls around, heading into [the SheBelieves Cup], hopefully by then it will be identifying a starter.But the great thing about these two is theyre so darn competitive, and at times its very little between them. I think theyre going to push each other and make each other better.Its worth reiterating that the opening goal was in no way Naehers to apologize for, as the U.S. was undone by a quick Dutch counter and a bounce that landed at van de Sandens feet. Under Armour Schuhe Schweiz. In fact, in the rare friendly in which a goalkeeper was kept busy, she was terrific. That included a strong save to protect the two-goal lead late in the second half, but it also came from distribution -- both quick throws and booming kicks -- which drew repeated applause and encouragement from Ellis and assistant coach Tony Gustavsson. Naeher helped spark the U.S. attack into life, too.I thought tonight, Alyssa gives us a transition game that I love, Ellis said. Because she picks her head up, and her distribution with her hands and her feet is very good. ... I thought Alyssa had a lot to deal with tonight. I thought she did very well. The one save she got down to was brilliant.Im excited. I think theyre going to give us a lot of depth, and now when we commit to getting them experience, were going to have -- I think we already have two world-class keepers -- but two world-class keepers with experience.That is certainly the missing piece.While Naeher, 28, has traveled to two major tournaments, both last years World Cup and the recent Olympics, Sunday was just her eighth appearance for the national team. The 30-year-old Harris has just one more than that. For more than a decade, minus the occasional absence for injury or suspension, Solo owned the position. It is one sign of how good she is that she kept the best players from the rest of the world at bay for so long. It is another that she kept the best goalkeepers from this country at arms length, too. Naeher and Harris have been two of the best keepers in NWSL for quite some time, each getting plenty of work in that leagues first four seasons. That level of play may be both cause and effect when it comes to their places on the national team. They may have been in the shadows on game days, but those werent the only days.I think my time with the team has just helped me get more comfortable in this environment, Naeher said. Its a faster pace than it is in the professional league. The more you are in with the caliber of players that are here, seeing this pace day in and day out, it kind of demands that you raise your level every day. Being in this environment consistently forces you to keep growing.Naeher said she doesnt feel any greater sense of competition now than in the past, i.e. with Solo around. Harris said it is way too early for her to start thinking about France and a World Cup that wont take place for three more years. And there is no guarantee that Solo wont be back.But whatever else occurred in Columbus and Atlanta, it sure felt like the opening rounds of a long-running bout for starts.Not unlike the former starter who used to bristle whenever anyone asked her about the supposedly quiet nights she had when the U.S. dominated possession in front of her, Harris didnt have much patience when asked about her own patience waiting for this opportunity.Youve got to understand that on all my club teams, Ive been an impactful player, Harris said Its hard being on the best team in the world. Its hard to get playing time on this stage. But I have to give myself pats on the back, too, when Im performing well with my club teams. Ive done a lot of great things playing for this country and this national team in the youth stage. Do you have to be patient? Yeah, but it doesnt define my career -- how many caps Ive had with this team. Ive had a fantastic career. I can sleep at night, and Im happy with that.How well Ellis, and a lot of U.S. fans, sleep at night will depend on Harris and Naeher. ' ' '