James, Korver Provide Spark in Cavs Win
NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James had 23 points and 12 assists, Kyle Korver scored 19 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to spark a huge comeback, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 104-101 on Monday night.
James also had a technical foul after a first-quarter altercation with Frank Ntilikina and Enes Kanter, which seemed to charge up the Knicks as they built what became a 23-point lead late in the third quarter.
But the Cavaliers made nine 3-pointers in the fourth after hitting just seven through three quarters, charging back for their eighth straight victory at Madison Square Garden.
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.
New York led by 15 after three but the Cavs surrounded James with plenty of perimeter shooting and the Knicks couldn’t contain them. Cleveland tied it on Channing Frye’s 3 with 2:15 to go before James made it 100-97 with another 1:23 left.
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.
James said he meant it as a shot at former president Phil Jackson, and he was angry that he thought Kanter overreacted in his defense of Ntilikina. So it wasn’t surprising they were involved in an altercation late in the first quarter.
James dunked and then wouldn’t move out of the way as Ntilikina tried to take the ball back to the baseline to throw it in. Ntilikina pushed James, who then exchanged words with Kanter after he ran in. James shoved Kanter, and both were given technical fouls.
Bucks 110, Grizzlies 103
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and nine rebounds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Khris Middleton and John Henson had 17 points apiece as Milwaukee won its third straight.
Tyreke Evans scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Memphis, and Dillon Brooks added 19 points.
Pelicans 106, Hawks 105
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Darius Miller hit four three pointers in the fourth quarter, when he scored 14 of his 21 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans survived a sloppy performance to beat struggling Atlanta.
DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 16 rebounds, and Anthony Davis added 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Pelicans, who’ve won five of six. E’Twaun Moore tied a career high with 24 points for New Orleans.
Wizards 110, Kings 92
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall had 21 points and nine assists, Marcin Gortat scored 18 and the Washington Wizards beat the Sacramento Kings for their third straight win.
Otto Porter Jr. and reserve Mike Scott chipped in 15 points apiece as six Wizards scored in double figures.
After losing to the Mavericks 113-99 in the opener of a four-game homestand, the Wizards outscored the Lakers, Hawks and Kings by an average of 111-94.