With Jeff McInnis sidelined with a bruised right shoulder, the Cavaliers had their season-high seven-game winning streak snapped.
The Cavaliers are 17-8 with McInnis in the starting lineup since Jan. 22, when the point guard was acquired from the Portland Trail Blazers for Darius Miles.
McInnis' arrival allowed LeBron James to move off the ball and to the wing, where he is even more effective. But without McInnis running the offense, James scored just 14 points.
Journeyman Kevin Ollie started for McInnis and had six points and two assists in 33 minutes. The Cavaliers did not make a three-pointer.
Cleveland trailed by just two with 6:26 remaining before going almost six minutes without a basket.