LEBRON RAL­LIES CAVA­LIERS OVER KNICKS, WAR­RIORS WIN

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WASH­ING­TON: LeBron James scored 23 points and re­serve guard Kyle Korver added 21 as the Cleve­land Cava­liers ral­lied from a 24-point deficit Mon­day (Tues­day in Manila) to edge the New York Knicks 104-101.

Four-time NBA Most Valu­able Player James added 12 as­sists and nine re­bounds for the vis­it­ing Cavs, who were down by two- dozen points in the third quar­ter be­fore storm­ing back for the vic­tory. Trail­ing 97- 92, the Cava­liers went on a 10-0 run to grab the lead, James sink­ing a step-back 3-pointer to give Cleve­land a 10097 edge with 83 sec­onds re­main­ing, their first lead since 25-24 in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“I thought his de­fense is what turned it,” Korver said of James. “He’s al­ways go­ing to get in the paint and make plays. That is where he is re­ally special. He is able to do ev­ery­thing. And he showed that in the fourth quar­ter.”

Korver, who sank two 3-point­ers in the last 4:35, made four late free throws to off­set bas­kets by Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Har­d­away Jnr. James missed two late free throws but Jeff Green grabbed the re­bound for Cleve­land to deny the Knicks a po­ten­tial ty­ing shot at the buzzer.

Dwyane Wade added 15 off the bench for Cleve­land while Har­d­away led New York with 28 points and Porzingis added 20.

“King” James bumped French teen guard Frank Nti­lik­ina early in the game and New York team­mate Enes Kan­ter, a Turk­ish cen­ter, stood toe-to-toe with James, con­tin­u­ing a spat that be­gan on so­cial me­dia that ex­tended to post-game com­ments. “You can’t just come in and mess with a rookie like that. Mess with a grown man,” Kan­ter said. “You can call your­self King, Queen, Princess, what­ever, but you can’t punk us.” Told of the remarks, James said, “We got the win. I’m not go­ing to say that guy’s name again.” Even with star guard Stephen Curry out with a bruised thigh, the de­fend­ing cham­pion Golden State War­riors dumped vis­it­ing Orlando 110- 100. Kevin Du­rant had 21 points and Dray­mond Green added 20 to lead the War­riors.

Six­ers out­last Clip­pers

Joel Em­biid scored 32 points and grabbed 16 re­bounds while Robert Covington added 31 points and Aus­tralia’s Ben Sim­mons added 22 points to power the Philadel­phia 76ers over the host Los An­ge­les Clip­pers 109-105.

A 10-1 Six­ers’ run capped by two Sim­mons free throws put the 76ers ahead 105-101. Austin Rivers sank a 3-pointer for the Clip­pers but Covington, whose 3-pointer put the 76ers ahead for good, made four free throws in the fi­nal 10 sec­onds to seal the vic­tory.

Greek star Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo scored 27 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 110-103 vic­tory over vis­it­ing Mem­phis. John Hen­son and Khris Mid­dle­ton each added 17 for Milwaukee.

New Or­leans for­ward Dar­ius Miller sank four 3-point­ers in the points in the fourth quar­ter to lift host New Or­leans over At­lanta 106-105. E’Twaun Moore led the Pel­i­cans with 24 points and DeMar­cus Cousins added 22 points, 16 re­bounds and seven as­sists.

Jor­dan Clark­son scored 25 points in 25 min­utes off the bench to help the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers de­feat host Phoenix 10093. Devin Booker scored 36 points in a los­ing cause.

Karl-An­thony Towns scored 24 points and grabbed 13 re­bounds while Jimmy But­ler added 21 points and 10 as­sists to lead the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves over host Utah 109-98.

C.J. McCol­lum and Jusuf Nur­kic each scored 17 points to lead the Port­land trail Blaz­ers over vis­it­ing Den­ver 99-82.

John Wall scored 21 points to lead the Wash­ing­ton Wizards over vis­it­ing Sacra­mento 110-92.

AFP PHOTO

LeBron James No.23 of the Cleve­land Cava­liers heads for the net past Enes Kan­ter No.00 of the New York Knicks at Madi­son Square Gar­den on Tues­day in New York City.

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