James takes over late to lift Cavaliers past Knicks

Thu Nov 5, 2015 12:51am EST
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - First he tore open his shirt, then LeBron James tore open the game.

James scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds, but more importantly took over the fourth quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 96-86 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

Frustrated by his play and his tough shooting night, James tore open the sleeves on his jersey in the midst of a four of 11 shooting half.

It was not his first battle with the sleeved look. James openly complained about them in March 2014 when he first wore them with the Miami Heat. This time, however, he took the blame for his tough night.

"I was just frustrated with myself a lot," he said. "I was just off rhythm a lot. The jersey was the only thing I could go to. I couldn't do nothing to my face."

James did not shoot the ball any better in the second half, but he took over the game in the fourth quarter.

Mo Williams scored 22 points, Kevin Love scored 11 and grabbed 12 rebounds and Tristan Thompson had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavs.

Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and rookie forward Kristaps Porzingis scored 13 points for the Knicks.

James scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, including six straight. His three-pointer with four minutes left - just his second of the season - extended the Cavs' lead to 87-79. James was one of 16 on three-pointers this year prior to that basket.   Continued...

 
Nov 4, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dunks in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports