THE Cavaliers took control with a huge second quarter, survived a third-quarter slip and held on for a 119-104 victory over the New York Knicks on Thursday in Cleveland (Friday, Manila time).
Kyrie Irving and Kyle Korver showed the way for the Cavaliers, who overpowered the Knicks, 35-18 in the second.
The Knicks rallied with a 28-18 third quarter but that got them only to within 79-87.
Irving scored 23 points on 9 of 16 shooting, while Kyle Korver came off the bench to deliver 20, hitting six triples.
LeBron James had a triple-double of 18 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds as the Cavaliers made it four straight wins.
It was James' sixth triple-double this season and 48th in his career.
Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson had 14 points each as Cleveland notched its 40th win in 56 games.
The Knicks absorbed their second straight loss and 35th in 58 outings.
Courtney Lee had 25 points, while Carmelo Anthony added 20 for New York.