LeBron, Cavs storm back to up­end Knicks

Du­rant leads War­riors over Magic in Curry's ab­sence • Sixer's young stars ig­nite con­quest of Clip­pers

Jerusalem Post - - SPORTS -

LeBron James had 23 points and came one re­bound short of a triple-dou­ble as the Cleve­land Cava­liers stormed back from a 24-point deficit to de­feat the host New York Knicks 104-101 on Mon­day night at Madi­son Square Gar­den.

James hit a step-back, 27-foot three-pointer to put the Cavs up by three with 1:23 left in the game, the fi­nal dag­ger in an 8-0 Cleve­land run to com­plete a rous­ing come­back. James fin­ished with 12 as­sists and nine re­bounds, and Kyle Korver added 21 points – in­clud­ing 19 in the fourth quar­ter – for the Cavs.

James also had a tech­ni­cal foul af­ter a first-quar­ter al­ter­ca­tion with Frank Nti­lik­ina and Enes Kan­ter, which seemed to charge up the Knicks. But he didn’t lose his poise then or mid­way through the third quar­ter, when Ty­ronn Lue yanked the five starters with the Knicks on their way to a 23-point lead.

New York led by as much as 24 in the be­fore head­ing into the fourth up 15 and still led by dou­ble fig­ures with 6:53 re­main­ing.

Cleve­land put on the de­fen­sive clamps late, though, and the Cavs hit four three-point­ers in the last 4:35, in­clud­ing two by Korver, to up­end the pre­vi­ously hot Knicks.

War­riors 110, Magic 100

Play­ing with­out su­per­star Stephen Curry, Golden State went on a trade­mark third-quar­ter surge to de­feat Orlando for its sev­enth straight win.

Curry sat out with a right thigh con­tu­sion, and his re­place­ment, Shaun Liv­ingston, rose to the chal­lenge with 16 points and six as­sists. Kevin Du­rant led the War­riors with 21 points, eight as­sists and seven re­bounds.

76ers 109, Clip­pers 105

Joel Em­biid scored 32 points, and Robert Covington added 31, in­clud­ing two key fourth-quar­ter three-point­ers, as Philadel­phia beat Los An­ge­les to end a two-game los­ing streak.

Ben Sim­mons added 22 points and 12 re­bounds, and Em­biid had a game-high 16 boards.

Tim­ber­wolves 109, Jazz 98

Karl-An­thony Towns scored 24 points and col­lected 13 re­bounds while Jimmy But­ler added 21 points and 10 as­sists to help Min­nesota over­whelm Utah.

Taj Gib­son also fin­ished with a dou­ble-dou­ble for Min­nesota, adding 15 points and 10 re­bounds. Jeff Teague chipped in 22 points.

Wizards 110, Kings 92

John Wall scored 21 points and con­tin­ued his tor­rid three-point shoot­ing against Sacra­mento as Wash­ing­ton won its third con­sec­u­tive game.

Marcin Gor­tat had 18 and Otto Porter 15 for the Wizards, who matched their long­est win­ning streak of the sea­son and closed their four-game home-stand at 3-1.

Wall shot 8-of-9 from the field, in­clud­ing 4-for-4 from three-point range. In two games against the Kings, he has 40 points and is 9-of-10 from be­yond the arc. In his other 10 games, he is 5-of-32 from long dis­tance.

Wash­ing­ton opened the sea­son 3-0, but lost five of seven, in­clud­ing a loss to the one-win Dal­las Mav­er­icks on Novem­ber 7.

Bucks 110, Griz­zlies 103

John Hen­son scored eight of his 17 points in the fourth quar­ter and Milwaukee ral­lied down the stretch for the win.

Tyreke Evans scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quar­ter for the Griz­zlies, but Mem­phis couldn’t hold off the Bucks, who won their third straight.

Pel­i­cans 106, Hawks 105

Dar­ius Miller hit four three-point­ers in the fi­nal 5:45 and scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth-quar­ter run to lift New Or­leans to a tight win over At­lanta.

Guard E’Twaun Moore was the Pel­i­cans’ lead­ing scorer with 24 points and DeMar­cus Cousins added 22 points, 16 re­bounds and seven as­sists.

Lak­ers 100, Suns 93

Jor­dan Clark­son scored 25 points in 25 min­utes off the bench and Corey Brewer and Kyle Kuzma com­bined for 13 points in the fourth quar­ter to lift LA past Phoenix.

Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope scored 15 points and Brook Lopez added 15 points and 10 re­bounds for the Lak­ers, who ended a three-game los­ing streak in a game where nei­ther team had a dou­ble-digit lead un­til 2:30 re­mained.

Trail Blaz­ers 101, Nuggets 97

Jusuf Nur­kic and C.J. McCol­lum scored 17 points apiece and Damian Lil­lard chipped in 15 points, seven as­sists, five re­bounds and four steals to lead Port­land past Den­ver.

The Trail Blaz­ers shot a sea­son-best 52.1 per­cent from the field and held the Nuggets to a sea­son-low 35.7 per­cent. It was the poor­est shoot­ing game by a Port­land op­po­nent all sea­son.

(TNS)

PHILADEL­PHIA 76ERS’ rookie guard Ben Sim­mons dunks over Los An­ge­les Clip­pers de­fender Lou Wil­liams for two of his 22 points (to go along with 12 re­bounds and four as­sists) in the Six­ers’ 109-105 vic­tory over the Clip­pers on Mon­day night.

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