Down 23, Cavs use treys to pull out win
LeBron 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 Cleveland beat the Knicks 104-101 in New York on Monday night.
James and the rest of the Cavaliers’ starting five were benched in the third quarter as the Knicks built a 23-point lead. James returned to hit two of the Cavaliers’ nine three-pointers in the fourth quarter as they won at Madison Square Garden for the eighth straight time.
Cleveland outscored New York 43-25 in the fourth quarter, making more threes than the Knicks had baskets (eight).
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 28 points and 10 rebounds, and Enes Kanter added 20 points and 16 boards for the Knicks. Kristaps Porzingis had 20 on 7-for-21 shooting.
New York led by 15 after three periods, but the Cavs surrounded James with plenty of perimeter shooters and the Knicks couldn’t contain them. Cleveland tied it on Channing Frye’s three with 2:15 to go before James made it 100-97 on another three with 1:23 left.