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James nearly misses triple-double as Cavs tie franchise mark with 13th consecutive win

Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon Journal on

Published in Basketball

CLEVELAND -- One would have thought that a chance to match the franchise's longest regular-season winning streak of 13 would have been enough motivation for the Cavaliers.

But Wednesday's game against the Sacramento Kings at Quicken Loans Arena was so lacking in rhythm that LeBron James tried three different shoes. In the first quarter he changed from black to gray, then in the third quarter he put on a wine-colored pair.

The Cavs did just enough to get by, beating the Kings, 101-95. They extended the league's longest active streak and equaled the string of victories posted by Mike Brown-coached teams from March 7-31, 2009, and from Jan. 16-Feb. 11, 2010.

Despite going scoreless in the first quarter, James just missed his second consecutive triple-double against the Kings with 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. He committed seven of the Cavs' 15 turnovers.

Kevin Love recorded his team-leading 17th double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

The Cavs' bench also ignited a final quarter flurry, with Kyle Korver scoring 10 of his 15 points. James was the only Cavs starter to score in the fourth quarter.

 

Defensively the Cavs (18-7) saved their best for last. Love bodied Zach Randolph into a miss and grabbed the rebound with 1:58 to go. After James scored on a hook shot for a 97-95 lead with 1:35 remaining, the Cavs forced a 24-second violation on the Kings' next possession.

After a miss by J.R. Smith and a rebound by Jeff Green, James hit a step-back, fallaway 3-pointer to put the Cavs up 100-95 with 16 seconds left and pounded his chest as the Kings called timeout. Korver hit a free throw for the final margin.

The Kings (7-17) had won three of their previous six games after opening the season 1-8.

Trailing 78-73, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue opened the fourth quarter with the Bench Mob and Korver hit three quick treys in a 9-1 run that gave the Cavs an 82-79 lead and forced a Kings timeout with 10:35 remaining.

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