Cavs re­cover

James, Korver lead charge in fourth to top­ple Knicks

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NEW YORK — LeBron James got shoved by the Knicks and then benched by his coach.

Nei­ther could keep him down for good.

James had 23 points, 12 as­sists and nine re­bounds, Kyle Korver scored 19 of his 21 points in the fourth quar­ter to spark a huge come­back, and the Cleve­land Cava­liers beat New York 104101 on Mon­day night.

James also had a tech­ni­cal foul af­ter a firstquar­ter 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.

"I knew we had an­other half," James said. "Didn't know that I was go­ing to get snatched like that early in the third, but I felt if I got back in I could still make some plays to help our team win."

He did, hit­ting two of the Cava­liers' nine 3-point­ers in the fourth af­ter they made just seven through three quar­ters and help­ing the Cavs charge back for their eighth straight vic­tory at Madi­son Square Gar­den.

Cleve­land outscored New York 43-25 in the fourth, mak­ing more 3s than the Knicks had bas­kets (8). But the turn­around started late in the third with the sec­ond unit in.

"Now we just kept talk­ing about chip­ping away, chip­ping away," Dwyane Wade said. "And then as you saw Kyle Korver got go­ing and then when you saw LeBron check back in, you knew, OK. You saw the waves com­ing."

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.

The game was just two days af­ter James, fol­low­ing a vic­tory in Dal­las, said Mav­er­icks rookie Den­nis Smith Jr. should be a Knick. The Knicks passed on Smith in the draft, tak­ing Nti­lik­ina one spot ear­lier at No. 8.AP

AP Photo/Andres Kudacki

KING JAMES. Cleve­land Cava­liers' LeBron James, left, drives to the bas­ket against New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis (6) dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game at Madi­son Square Gar­den in New York, Mon­day, Nov. 13, 2017.

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