James, Korver lead Cavs’ charge to top NY Knicks

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NEW YORK: LeBron James had 23 points and 12 as­sists, Kyle Korver scored 19 of his 21 points in the fourth quar­ter to spark a huge comeback, and the Cleve­land Cava­liers beat the New York Knicks 104-101 on Mon­day night. James also had a tech­ni­cal foul af­ter a first-quar­ter al­ter­ca­tion with Frank Nti­lik­ina and Enes Kan­ter, which seemed to charge up the Knicks as they built what be­came a 23-point lead late in the third quar­ter. But the Cava­liers made nine 3-point­ers in the fourth af­ter hit­ting just seven through three quar­ters, charg­ing back for their eighth straight vic­tory at Madi­son Square Gar­den. Tim Har­d­away Jr. had 28 points and 10 re­bounds, and Kan­ter added 20 points and 16 boards. But Kristaps Porzingis shot only 7 for 21 while scor­ing 20 points as the Knicks blew their chance to beat the Cavs for the se­cond time this sea­son. New York led by 15 af­ter three but the Cavs sur­rounded James with plenty of perime­ter shoot­ing and the Knicks couldn’t con­tain them. Cleve­land tied it on Chan­ning Frye’s 3 with 2:15 to go be­fore James made it 100-97 on an­other 3 with 1:23 left.

TIM­BER­WOLVES 109, JAZZ 98 Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 13 re­bounds, and Jimmy But­ler added 21 points and 10 as­sists to help Min­nesota get past Utah. Jeff Teague scored 22 points for the Tim­ber­wolves, and Taj Gib­son had 15 points and 10 re­bounds. Min­nesota (8-5) snapped a two-game skid af­ter shoot­ing 52.1 per­cent (37 of 71) from the

field. Dono­van Mitchell scored 24 points to lead the Jazz (6-8), who lost for the fourth time in their last five home games. Utah fell be­hind 33-14 head­ing into the se­cond quar­ter.

WAR­RIORS 110, MAGIC 100 Kevin Du­rant had 21 points, a sea­son-high eight as­sists and seven re­bounds, Shaun Liv­ingston scored a sea­son-best 16 points in place of in­jured Stephen Curry, and Golden State pulled away in the se­cond half to beat Or­lando for its sev­enth straight win. Dray­mond Green had a sea­son-high 20 points, five as­sists, four re­bounds and two steals as the War­riors com­pleted a 4-0 home­s­tand. Nikola Vuce­vic scored 20 points, Evan Fournier had 16 and Aaron Gor­don added 10 points and 10 re­bounds in the Magic’s fourth de­feat over six games. Liv­ingston also had six as­sists on a night when the War­riors were with­out Curry as the two-time MVP nursed a bruised right thigh.

76ERS 109, CLIP­PERS 105

Joel Em­biid scored 32 points, Robert Cov­ing­ton added 31 and Philadel­phia handed Los Angeles its sixth con­sec­u­tive loss. Ben Sim­mons had 22 points and 12 re­bounds for the 76ers. Em­biid grabbed a game-high 16 boards. Lou Wil­liams led Los Angeles (5-8) with 31 points off the bench, and Blake Grif­fin had 29. The Clip­pers started the sea­son 4-0 but have lost eight of nine. Philadel­phia trailed 101-100 when Cov­ing­ton hit his fifth 3-pointer to give the Six­ers (7-6) the lead for good with 33 sec­onds re­main­ing. The 76ers out­re­bounded the Clip­pers 51-34 to snap a two-game skid.

TRAIL BLAZ­ERS 99, NUGGETS 82 CJ McCol­lum and Jusuf Nur­kic had 17 points apiece as Port­land beat Den­ver to stop a two-game skid. The Trail Blaz­ers built an 86-66 lead early in the fourth quar­ter and cruised the rest of the way. Damian Lil­lard had 15 points and seven as­sists, and the Blaz­ers led by

as many as 23. Paul Mill­sap led the Nuggets with 18 points, in­clud­ing a sea­son-high five 3-point­ers. The win was a boost for the Blaz­ers, who were com­ing off con­sec­u­tive close losses at home to Mem­phis and Brook­lyn. The Nuggets were com­ing off a 5-1 home­s­tand but shot just 35 per­cent as their three-game win­ning streak was snapped. Den­ver was with­out starter Gary Har­ris be­cause of right shoul­der sore­ness.

PEL­I­CANS 106, HAWKS 105 Dar­ius Miller hit four 3-point­ers in the fourth quar­ter, when he scored 14 of his 21 points, and New Or­leans over­came a sloppy per­for­mance to beat strug­gling At­lanta. De­Mar­cus Cousins had 22 points and 16 re­bounds, and Anthony Davis added 13 points, 10 re­bounds and four blocked shots for the Pel­i­cans, who have won five of six. E’Twaun Moore tied a ca­reer high with 24 points for New Or­leans. Kent Baze­more scored 22 points for the Hawks, who led by 14 be­fore fad­ing to lose their fourth straight. Baze­more also missed a crit­i­cal free throw with 37.1 sec­onds left. At­lanta still had a chance to take a late lead, but Den­nis Schroder’s er­rant pass to­ward Tyler Ca­vanaugh sailed out of bounds with 3.2 sec­onds to go.

BUCKS 110, GRIZZLIES 103 Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had 27 points and nine re­bounds to lead Mil­wau­kee over Mem­phis. Khris Mid­dle­ton and John Henson had 17 points apiece as the Bucks won their third straight. Tyreke Evans scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quar­ter for the Grizzlies, and Dil­lon Brooks added 19 points. Evans scored nine con­sec­u­tive points to pull Mem­phis into an 84-all tie early in the fourth quar­ter.

LAK­ERS 100, SUNS 93

Jor­dan Clark­son scored a sea­son-high 25 points and Los Angeles pulled away late to beat Phoenix. Devin Booker had 36 points, his se­cond con­sec­u­tive game of at least 35, for the Suns. Brook Lopez and Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope scored 15 apiece for the Lak­ers, who snapped a three-game los­ing streak and won in Phoenix for the se­cond time this sea­son. Lak­ers rookie Lonzo Ball, com­ing off his first ca­reer triple-dou­ble on Satur­day night, did not play in the fourth quar­ter, when the Lak­ers pulled out the vic­tory. He had seven points on 3-of-10 shoot­ing, five re­bounds, five as­sists and four turnovers in 28 min­utes.—AP

NEW YORK: Frank Nti­lik­ina #11 of the New York Knicks passes the ball as Cedi Os­man #16 and Chan­ning Frye #8 of the Cleve­land Cava­liers de­fend at Madi­son Square Gar­den in New York City. — AFP

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