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Jones, Holiday lead Pelicans past Cavs 124-122

LeBron James stroked his beard as he sat in his locker and tried to make sense of Cleveland's recent slide.

Losses to powerhouses like Golden State and San Antonio were a little easier to shake off. But Monday night's result with New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis in street clothes was tougher to take.

"We're not very good right now," James said. "A lot of it is energy and effort."

Terrence Jones filled in brilliantly for the injured Davis, tying a career high with 36 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking James' dunk attempt late in the fourth quarter, and the Pelicans held on for a 124-122 victory against the late-charging Cavs.