LeBron leads Cavs past lowly Suns

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Sports - By Bob Baum The As­so­ci­ated Press

PHOENIX » LeBron James earned his 69th ca­reer triple-dou­ble, and 14th this sea­son, lead­ing the Cava­liers to a wire-to-wire 129-107 win over the Suns.

James, av­er­ag­ing a triple-dou­ble over his last 15 games, had 28 points, 13 re­bounds and 11 as­sists for his sec­ond triple-dou­ble in 10 days.

Kyle Korver added 22 points on 6-of-7 shoot­ing — mak­ing 5 of 6 3s — for the Cava­liers, who bounced back from a cou­ple of losses in Los An­ge­les to the Clip­pers and Lak­ers with a dom­i­nat­ing vic­tory. Jor­dan Clark­son scored 23 for the Cavs, in­clud­ing 6 of 10 3s.

T.J. War­ren and Josh Jack­son scored 19 apiece and Devin Booker added 17 for the Suns, losers of six straight and 21 of their last 23. Phoenix be­came the first team to lose 50 games this sea­son.

Cleve­land led from the open­ing bas­ket. The Cavs scored nine straight to go up 23-8 on Larry Nance Jr.’s dunk, and Phoenix never got the lead to sin­gle dig­its again.

The Suns shot just 26 per­cent, in­clud­ing 1 of 9 on 3-point­ers, and trailed 3818 af­ter one quar­ter.

Korver scored five as the Cava­liers opened an early 13-2 lead. A tech­ni­cal foul against the Suns’ Mar­quese Chriss started a 7-0 run to end the first quar­ter for Cleve­land.

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