CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Cavaliers' season continues to plummet, but the Charlotte Bobcats couldn't be happier.
The Bobcats overtook the Cavs in the fourth quarter en route to their 86-80 victory on Friday before 18,679 at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavs' playoff projections seem to be overblown. Even though coach Mike Brown bemoans about the Cavs' defensive effort, it's the offense that looks completely discombobulated.
Point guard Kyrie Irving committed six turnovers and shot 5-of-16 from the field. He was still able to record his second double-double of the season with a game-high 18 points and 10 assists.
He was playing with a protective mask after breaking his nose in the Minnesota game on Wednesday.
"The mask was awful," he said. "I just have to play through it."
The Cavs (3-7) will try to snap their six-game losing streak on the road on Saturday in Washington.
They'll have to do it without starting shooting guard Dion Waiters, who didn't make the trip after becoming "sick" on Thursday.
Irving's shooting has been off all season. He's dropped to 38 percent from the field and 32 percent from behind the arc.
"Right now, it's about finding my rhythm and getting my shots up," he said. "It would be frustrating if I wasn't getting the shots I wanted."
He said he feels he must do more than he's capable of doing right now.
"I'm the leader of the team," Irving said. "I have to. I have to push myself to that limit. Right now, offensively, it's not going well. I have to continue to make plays for my teammates."
The Bobcats outscored the Cavs in the fourth quarter, 29-22.
"A lot of it just comes down to how badly the guys in the locker room want to win. Right now, when the offense is going bad, we keep playing defense," Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said. "It's a great win, a win on the road against a physical team that plays good defense."
The Bobcats were paced by forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's 16 points and eight rebounds. Power forward Josh McRoberts added 13 points and five rebounds.
Point guard Kemba Walker added 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists, five steals and two blocks.
"That fourth quarter was crazy," Kidd-Gilchrist said. "We really locked down defensively. That's what we're about."
The Cavs shot just 40.5 percent from the field, 26.7 percent from the 3-point line.
Brown said the ball is sticking on one side of the court and that Irving seems to be doing too much dribbling.
"We need to see more ball movement from him and everybody else," Brown said. "When we pass ball three or more times (during a possession), our offense is ranked 10th in the NBA. I'm going to keep preaching to our guys."
The Bobcats have now beaten the Cavs four times this season, including twice in the preseason.
The Cavs were 14-1 lifetime vs. the Bobcats at The Q before Friday's game.
The Cavs had just three players reach double figures. Small forward Earl Clark contributed a season-high 15 points and five rebounds.
Power forward Tristan Thompson recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Center Anderson Varejao had a game-high 13 rebounds.
Brown said he thought the Cavs' terrible eight-minute stretch that bridged the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth cost them the game.
"We didn't play with a sense of urgency (on defense)," Brown said. "Charlotte got into a rhythm and it snowballed from there."
NOTES: Cavaliers G Kyrie Irving suffered a nasal fracture in Wednesday's game in Minnesota and will be forced to wear a see-through mask for about two weeks. He has a bruise under his right eye. "It hurts pretty bad," Irving said. "The only thing I was worried about was my appearance. I asked our trainer, 'Steve (Spiro), tell me how my nose looks?' He said, 'It looks pretty swollen on the right side.'" ... Cavs G Dion Waiters was held out of Friday's game because he's sick. He had been averaging 16.4 points and shooting 44.3 percent from the field in his previous five games. C.J. Miles made his first start of the season at shooting guard. ... The Cavs had four players on the Eastern Conference All-Star ballot, including Irving, who is hoping to make his second consecutive All-Star appearance. Also on the ballot were PF Tristan Thompson, C Andrew Bynum and C Anderson Varejao. For the Bobcats, G Gerald Henderson and G Kemba Walker were on the ballot, along with C Al Jefferson. ... Cavs coach Mike Brown said if Bynum shows up in Washington on Saturday -- as expected -- he will be in the starting lineup against the Wizards. Bynum missed the last two games dealing with a personal matter. ... Jefferson was held out of Friday's game with a sore right ankle. "When he got off the plane, he had a lot of soreness," Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said. "He didn't take part in our shootaround." Clifford started Bismack Biyombo at center. ... Cavs F Alonzo Gee was replaced in the starting lineup by Earl Clark for Friday night's game.