In their first game after the All-Star break, the Cleveland Cavaliers looked like the time off did them well.
Behind a triple-double from LeBron James and 23 points from Kyrie Irving, the Cavs took down the New York Knicks 119-104 at Quicken Loans Arena. James’ triple-double - 18 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists - was his sixth of this season. Irving finished two points of shy of scoring 25 points for the sixth straight games.
Tristan Thompson added 10 points and 14 rebounds off the bench for his fourth straight triple-double. Kyle Korver finished with 20 points on 6-10 shooting from three.
Cleveland led by 18 at the half, but New York cut into that lead with a 11-2 run to start the third quarter. But led by a James-led bench unit, the Cavs took full control of the game back and capped it off with James blocking Courtney Lee with 5:02 to play. As a result of the Cavs’ play, Irving was able to sit the entire fourth quarter. James played 37 minutes.
With the win, the Cavs improved to 8-1 in February - the best record in the NBA over that span. It was also their fourth straight games with at least 110 points. They’ve also beaten the Knicks 10 straight times.
Next up for the Cavs are the Chicago Bulls, who traded away Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the trade deadline. Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. in Cleveland and airs on ABC.