It took a decisive fourth quarter, but the Cavaliers were able to beat the tanking Mavericks Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena.
In the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers outscored the Mavericks 25-10 in the fourth quarter to finish off a 98-87 win. LeBron James, who was 3-13 from the field for eight points through the first three quarters, scored eight points in the fourth quarter to finish with 16. He also had 13 rebounds and 12 assists for his 17th triple-double of the season.
Jordan Clarkson and J.R. Smith added 16 points and 15 points off the bench, respectively. Harrison Barnes led Dallas with a game-high 30 points.
Cleveland has now won its last six straight games at home and eight of its last nine overall. Sunday’s win came with both George Hill and Kyle Korver out with injuries.
The win also puts the Cavs half a game up on the 76ers for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. The two tams play Sunday in Philadelphia.
Up next: The Cavs face the Raptors Tuesday at home. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.