DALLAS (AP) — Not a lot has come straightforward for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.
Dealing with one of many worst groups within the league, the Cavs wanted an enormous fourth quarter to carry off the Dallas Mavericks.
Kevin Love had 29 factors and 15 rebounds and Kyle Korver scored all thirteen of his factors within the remaining interval to assist the Cavaliers beat the Mavericks 111-104 Saturday night time.
Cleveland took management of the sport in third quarter and led by as many as eleven within the fourth, then noticed the Mavericks twice reduce the deficit to at least one level. Dallas might by no means break via, although, lacking three photographs that might have given them the lead.
With the American Airways Middle crowd standing for a lot of the recreation’s last 4 minutes, Harrison Barnes missed a three-pointer with 39 seconds left that might have put Dallas up by one.
Korver — who hit three 3s within the quarter — was fouled on the rebound as he crashed to the ground, then made each free throws to place the Cavs up 106-102. Cleveland made seven of its remaining eight from the road to clinch the sport.
LeBron James, averaging 36 factors within the Cavs’ first 5 video games in November, had simply 19 Saturday, however two got here on an emphatic dunk with 1:08 to play that put Cleveland up 104-one hundred. He additionally had eleven rebounds.
“We’re simply actually resilient,” James stated. “We relied on our championship habits from our guys on the ground, but in addition making an attempt to get again to our psychological toughness and determining the way to win.”
Barnes completed with a staff-main 23 factors and 12 rebounds, and Dennis Smith, Jr. had 21 for Dallas, which is tied with Atlanta for the NBA’s worst document at 2-eleven. Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 for the Mavericks.
“It’s by no means often what occurs in these previous couple of minutes that dictates the sport,” Barnes stated. “It’s what you probably did earlier. Sadly, that deficit we constructed — we couldn’t actually get previous it.”
The Cavaliers outscored the Mavericks 34-22 within the third quarter to erase a 3-level halftime deficit. Love scored thirteen factors within the first 5:38 of the quarter, and J.R. Smith’s lengthy three-pointer keyed a 15-2 run and compelled a Dallas timeout.
“They only discovered me all night time, particularly in that third quarter,” Love stated. “They stored feeding me the ball. They knew I had slightly rhythm going and that set the tone for us.”
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J.R. Smith’s 4 three-pointers gave him 1,797 for his profession, tying him for thirteenth place all-time with Nowitzki, who had two 3s of his personal within the recreation.
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