Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith is out against Hornets

Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith gestures after he scored during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Washington. The Cavaliers won 105-94. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith gestures after he scored during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Washington. The Cavaliers won 105-94. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith is out against the Charlotte Hornets because of a sore right ankle.

The Cavaliers said Smith tweaked the ankle Friday night against Washington. Mike Dunleavy will start at shooting guard Sunday for the defending champions, who are 7-1 and have the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Smith is averaging 10.5 points and had made 36 percent of his 3-point attempts. Dunleavy, who is starting for the first time this season, is 7 of 23 from the 3-point line and is averaging 4.4 points.

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