CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 24 points, including three key baskets down the stretch, and the Cleveland Cavaliers held off the short-handed New York Knicks 91-84 on Wednesday night.
Knicks star Carmelo Anthony didn’t play because of a sprained right ankle. New York went scoreless for nearly 4 minutes after taking an 82-80 lead.
Kevin Love added 23 points with 13 rebounds for Cleveland.
James’ layup off a turnover gave the Cavs the lead for good at 84-82 with 3:15 remaining. He added two free throws and a resounding dunk that put Cleveland ahead 88-82.
The Cavaliers, who visit Golden State on Friday in a rematch of last season’s NBA Finals, have the best record in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland, plagued by injuries all season, played with a full roster for the first time.
Rookie forward Kristaps Porzingis had 23 points with 12 rebounds for the Knicks, but didn’t score in the fourth quarter.
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