The Cavs have won their sixth straight game, and they have LeBron James to thank the night before Thanksgiving.
James scored 23 of his game-high 33 points in the fourth quarter as the Cavs beat the Nets 119-109 on Wednesday night in Cleveland. He also had six rebounds and five assists.
The Cavs and Nets both opened up the game cold from the floor, with Kevin Love leading the struggles by shooting 1-7 in the first quarter. But seven points from James and six from Jae Crowder were enough to give the Cavs a 20-17 lead through the first 12 minutes.
Both teams played better on offense in the second quarter with Dwyane Wade leading the Cavs with five points in the second quarter. Cleveland led by three with 1:50 left in the quarter, but the Nets went on a 4-0 run to end the quarter and led 46-45 at the half.
In the third, the Cavs had to play a little over six minutes without James. He appeared to cut his face in a collision with Nets center Tyler Zeller, and after the two collided, James took a moment to check his face for a cut as the Cavs played four vs. five on offense. James would then exit the game and returned with 4:33 to play. The Cavs and Nets ended up tied at 77 all after the third quarter.
James then proceeded to take over in the fourth quarter, even as the Nets hung around and kept it close. His fourth quarter burst included him scoring 18 straight points before he and the team’s other mainstays subbed out of the game with 28.2 to play.
Love added 18 points 10 rebounds for the Cavs, while Wade finished with 17 points. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson lead Brooklyn with 20 points, and ex-Cavaliers Joe Harris chipped in 18 points off the bench for the Nets.
The Cavs return to action on Friday at home against the Hornets. Tipoff is at 8 p.m.