LEBRON James came through with two huge baskets down the stretch as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from 12 points down to beat the Sacramento Kings, 101-95, extending their win run to 13 on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).
After a strong third quarter start gave the Kings a 12-point lead, 62-48, the Cavaliers clawed back to cut the lead down to five entering the fourth period. Kyle Korver then scored nine quick points to bring Cleveland back on top, 82-79, with 10:37 to play and set the stage for the see-saw battle up until the final buzzer.
With the game tied at 95 into the last two minutes, James broke the deadlock and the Cavs forced a shot-clock violation on the other end. James then dealt the dagger with a booming triple that put Cleveland ahead by five, 100-95, with only 15 ticks left.
George Hill missed on a three in the next play and Korver sealed the final score with a split at the stripe.
James was one assist shy from a triple-double with 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Cavs (18-7). Kevin Love finished with 18 markers and 13 boards, while Jeff Green and Korver scored 17 and 15, respectively, off the bench.
Zach Randolph led the Kings (7-17) with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Buddy Hield fired 17 off the bench.