basketball

Cavaliers beat Kings for 13th straight win

Durant helps Golden State past Charlotte

AFP
13:54 December 7, 2017

Cleveland: LeBron James drained a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left and finished with 32 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers tied a franchise record with their 13th straight win, 101-95 over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

James, who changed his sneakers three times, also had 11 rebounds and nine assists, helping the Cavs rally from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to remain unbeaten since November 11. His decisive 3-pointer in the final minute was in the face of JaKarr Sampson, who had jawed with James earlier.

Cleveland also won 13 straight in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. The Cavs will try for the team record Friday at Indiana.

This one wasn’t easy. The Kings gave the Cavs everything they had, but couldn’t contain James in the clutch.

Zach Randolph had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Buddy Hield added 17 points for the Kings. Sampson grabbed 16 rebounds in his first start this season.

Kevin Durant had 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and Golden State beat Charlotte 101-87 without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.

It was Durant’s first triple-double of the season and his second since joining the Warriors before last season.

Klay Thompson scored seven of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for the Warriors, who have won five straight overall and seven in a row against the Hornets.

Curry will be sidelined for about two weeks with a sprained ankle, while Green is nursing a sore shoulder.

Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 24 points.

Charlotte’s two big men off the bench — Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky — left with injuries. Kaminsky injured his ankle in the first quarter, and Zeller left in the fourth with a strained left knee.

Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and Jayson Tatum had 17 points and 10 rebounds, helping the short-handed Celtics to their fourth straight victory.

Boston’s Al Horford added 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

The Celtics played without Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris. Brown sat with an inflamed right eye, while Morris was out due to left knee soreness.

Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 19 points and seven rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki added 16 points and six rebounds.