By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Author
NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James received shoved by the Knicks after which benched by his coach.
Neither might maintain him down for good.
James had 23 factors, 12 assists and 9 rebounds, Kyle Korver scored 19 of his 21 factors within the fourth quarter to spark an enormous comeback, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat New York 104-a hundred and one on Monday night time.
James additionally had a technical foul after a primary-quarter altercation with Frank Ntilikina and Enes Kanter, which appeared to cost up the Knicks. However he didn’t lose his poise then or halfway via the third quarter, when Tyronn Lue yanked the 5 starters with the Knicks on their method to a 23-level lead.
“I knew we had one other half,” James stated. “Didn’t know that I used to be going to get snatched like that early within the third, however I felt if I obtained again in I might nonetheless make some performs to assist our workforce win.
He did, hitting two of the Cavaliers’ 9 three-pointers within the fourth after they made simply seven by way of three quarters and serving to the Cavs cost again for his or her eighth straight victory at Madison Sq. Backyard.
Cleveland outscored New York forty three-25 within the fourth, making extra 3s than the Knicks had baskets (eight). However the turnaround began late within the third with the second unit in.
“Now we simply stored speaking about chipping away, chipping away,” Dwyane Wade stated. “After which as you noticed Kyle Korver obtained going after which once you noticed LeBron verify again in, you knew, OK. You noticed the waves coming.”
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 28 factors and 10 rebounds, and Kanter added 20 factors and sixteen boards. However Kristaps Porzingis shot solely 7 for 21 whereas scoring 20 factors because the Knicks blew their probability to beat the Cavs for the second time this season.
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