It took contributions for just about everyone, but the Cavs picked up a win Tuesday night at home against the Nets.
In a 129-123 win, LeBron James scored 31 points to go along with 12 rebounds and 11 assists. for his 12th triple-double of the season. George Hill scored a season-high 26 points, while Rodney Hood scored 14 points off the bench, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter. Kyle Korver added 18 points off the bench, too. D’Angelo Russell led Brooklyn with 25 points.
The first quarter saw the Cavs fall behind by as many as seven before a Cedi Osman basket at the buzzer cut the Nets’ lead to four after one. And as in the loss to the Spurs on Sunday, the Cavs struggled from three. As a team, the Cavs were 1-6 from three; the Nets were 3-7. J.R. Smith led the way with three misses in the first quarter.
The second quarter, though, saw the Cavs get back to making threes, as they made seven in the quarter. Korver made four of of the seven, the most threes he’s made in a single game since the team’s four new players debuted in Boston on Feb. 11. By half, however, the Cavs still trailed 61-60.
While the Cavs didn’t make as many threes in the third quarter — they took just five, making three of them — they were carried by Hill’s best quarter as a Cavalier. After struggling against the Spurs, Hill scored 16 points in a quarter that saw the Cavs lead by as many seven. A Korver miss with 6.6 seconds left in the quarter, though, led to Caris LeVert scoring on the other end before the buzzer and the Cavs took a three-point lead into the fourth.
James, as normal, sat to start the fourth quarter and, with the 8:51 mark, the Nets took the lead after a Russell basket. By 7:02, when James returned, the Cavs took a 103-101 lead after a Larry Nance Jr. put-back and a basket from Hill. Back-to-back baskets from Hood put the Cavs up by four with 6:14 to play. For the next minutes, the two teams would swap leads over and over until there was under a minute to play.
With 40.2 seconds left, Hood scored over Nets center Jarrett Allen and was fouled in the process. He stuck the free throw to put the Cavs up two. Without calling a timeout, Russell pushed the ball up the floor, but turned it over when Hill and Nance forced him into the corner and he turned it over with an errant pass. Two James free throws gave the Cavs a four-point lead. Free throws ensued and the Cavs pushed their lead to six.
In the win, James became the first player in NBA history to score 30,000 points in addition to 8,000 career assists and 8,000 career rebounds. He also finishes the month of February averaging a triple-double and is the oldest player ever to do so.
The Cavs next play on Thursday against the 76ers. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. in Cleveland.