Nets overcome James’ triple-double, beat Cavs 112-107
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 26, 2017 10:31 AM
Brooklyn Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Channing Frye (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in New York. The Nets won 112-107. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie made the go-ahead three-pointer with 43 seconds left while starting for the injured D’Angelo Russell, and the Brooklyn Nets overcame LeBron James’ first triple-double of the season to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-107 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
James had 29 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in his 56th triple-double, but he missed two free throws — the second intentionally — with the Cavaliers trailing by two with 7.6 seconds remaining. DeMarre Carroll then hit a free throw and the Cavs’ long inbounds pass intended for James went out of bounds.
Dinwiddie scored 22 points for the Nets, who blew a 14-point lead in the final quarter but recovered to improve to 3-2 — the same record as the defending Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Allen Crabbe added 19 points apiece and Carroll scored 18 for the Nets, who fell just shy of becoming the first NBA team in 32 years to open a season with five straight 115-point games.
James appeared in his 772nd game with the Cavs, passing former teammate Zydrunas Ilgauskas for most in team history. But it turned into a frustrating night.
He started at point guard for the second straight night with Derrick Rose still nursing a sprained left ankle and Dwyane Wade joining him after bruising his left knee in Tuesday’s (Wednesday, PHL time) victory over Chicago.
He ran the offense fine but his long-range shooters couldn’t convert enough of his passes. Kevin Love finished 4-for-13 from the floor and J.R. Smith was 1-for-9, missing all five three-point attempts.
The Nets led by 14 when Quincy Acy made a three-pointer to open the scoring in the fourth, but James led the Cavs on a 13-0 run that gave them a 94-92 lead on Love’s three-pointer. The teams traded narrow leads from there.
Russell, the Nets’ leading scorer, sat out after spraining his right knee in Tuesday’s (Wednesday, PHL time) loss at Orlando.
Cavaliers: Lue said he hoped Rose could play Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) at New Orleans. ... The Cavs had won the last four meetings.
Nets: The Nets are 3-0 at home for the first time since 2002-03. ... The last team with five straight 115-games to open a season was the 1985-86 Pistons. The Nets came in leading the NBA with 123.5 points per game.
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Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia and Dellin Betances of the New York Yankees watched from a sideline seat.
Cavaliers: Visit New Orleans on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).
Nets: Visit New York on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).