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James' triple-double leads Cavaliers past lowly Suns

PHOENIX (AP) After a couple of tough losses in Los Angeles, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers went to the desert and took care of Phoenix. The Suns offered little resistance.

In a performance that seemed almost effortless against an outmatched opponent, James earned his 69th career triple-double in a 129-107 victory that was never close after the first few minutes.

James, averaging a triple-double over his last 15 games, had 28 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. It was his second triple-double in 10 days and No. 14 this season.

''I was playing all three facets and more,'' he said. ''I picked up a charge as well, a couple of blocks, a couple of steals, just being around the court and reliable for my teammates. Being able to clean glass, get my guys good looks where they are able to catch and shoot or catch it and lay it up, makes it a lot easier for me.''

Jordan Clarkson scored 23 points and Kyle Korver had 22 for the Cavaliers, who bounced back from losses to the Clippers and Lakers with a dominating victory. Korver went 5 for 6 from 3-point range in his first start of the season.

''I'm always trying to find the open spot,'' Korver said. ''(James) commands a lot of attention. We had a couple of sets where we tried to get up a couple of shots for me. A lot of it was just playing the game and readying the game.''

T.J. Warren and Josh Jackson scored 19 apiece and Devin Booker added 17 for the Suns, losers of six straight and 21 of their last 23. Phoenix became the first team to lose 50 games this season.

Cleveland led from the opening basket. The Cavs scored nine straight to go up 23-8 on Larry Nance Jr.'s dunk, and Phoenix never got the lead to single digits again.

The Suns shot just 26 percent, including 1 of 9 on 3-pointers, and trailed 38-18 after one quarter.

The Cavs, who made 17 of 35 3-pointers, led by as many as 27 in the second half, with James delivering the biggest highlight on a breakaway, one-handed windmill dunk after a Phoenix turnover in the third quarter.

TIP-INS:

Cavaliers: Have beaten the Suns six straight times, longest streak in series history. ... Cleveland is 2-2 so far on a six-game trip. ... Nance had only four points, ending his career-best string of seven consecutive double-digit scoring games. ... Cleveland is just 12-14 against the Western Conference. ... James has one other triple-double against Suns. ... The Cavs have scored at least 110 points in seven of last eight road games.

Suns: The Suns made 6 of 31 3s. They had been shooting 41 percent on 3s for the month. ... Booker failed to score at least 30 for only the second time in eight games. ... Booker's 22 30-point games this season are fourth-most in the NBA. ... Phoenix last beat Cleveland on Jan. 13, 2015. ... Jared Dudley grabbed a season-high nine rebounds.

LEBRON'S PASSING

Suns interim coach Jay Triano said James' exceptional passing is sometimes overlooked. James had a couple of rocket cross-court passes to Korver for 3-pointers in the first half.

''I think that's the skill that is probably most elite of the NBA players that he has,'' Triano said. ''His ability to, not just share it, but how he delivers it. He throws the ball so hard and it's always on time and on target. We saw that years ago when Steve Nash played. He delivered the ball and everybody shot a better percentage when they played with him. Everybody who plays with LeBron shoots a much better percentage.''

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: At Portland on Thursday night.

Suns: At Utah on Thursday night.

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Key Players
L. James
23 SF
D. Booker
1 SG
34.6 Min. Per Game 34.6
25.3 Pts. Per Game 25.3
4.7 Ast. Per Game 4.7
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
54.3 Field Goal % 43.6
54.3 Three Point % 43.5
73.3 Free Throw % 87.7
  Team rebound 0:00
  Tyler Ulis missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:00
+ 2 Davon Reed made driving layup, assist by Dragan Bender 0:24
+ 2 Ante Zizic made layup, assist by Jose Calderon 0:41
  Bad pass turnover on Marquese Chriss, stolen by Jose Calderon 0:57
+ 3 Jordan Clarkson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jose Calderon 1:09
  Defensive rebound by Ante Zizic 1:28
  Marquese Chriss missed jump shot 1:31
  Offensive foul on Ante Zizic 1:41
  Offensive foul on Ante Zizic 1:41
Team Stats
Points 129 107
Field Goals 43-87 (49.4%) 38-98 (38.8%)
3-Pointers 17-35 (48.6%) 6-32 (18.8%)
Free Throws 26-30 (86.7%) 25-30 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 50 63
Offensive 5 11
Defensive 39 36
Team 6 16
Assists 25 17
Steals 12 10
Blocks 9 2
Turnovers 19 18
Fouls 25 21
Technicals 0 3
28 PTS, 13 REB, 11 AST
19 PTS, 10 REB
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away team logo Cavaliers 39-28 38303427129
home team logo Suns 19-50 18342827107
Team Stats
away team logo Cavaliers 39-28 101.1 PPG 41.4 RPG 19.2 APG
home team logo Suns 19-50 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
L. James SF PPG RPG APG FG%
T. Warren SF 19.6 PPG 5.1 RPG 1.3 APG 49.8 FG%
Top Scorers
L. James SF 28 PTS 13 REB 11 AST
T. Warren SF 19 PTS 10 REB 0 AST
49.4 FG% 38.8
48.6 3PT FG% 18.8
86.7 FT% 83.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 33 28 13 11 3 2 5 2 7/14 1/2 13/15 0 13 63 +23
K. Korver 23 22 4 1 0 0 2 4 6/7 5/6 5/5 0 4 26 +22
J. Green 27 11 4 1 3 3 1 3 4/12 1/3 2/2 0 4 22 +18
G. Hill 26 10 3 2 2 0 2 3 3/9 2/6 2/2 0 3 17 +20
L. Nance Jr. 14 4 2 0 0 1 1 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 2 6 +17
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 33 28 13 11 3 2 5 2 7/14 1/2 13/15 0 13 63 +23
K. Korver 23 22 4 1 0 0 2 4 6/7 5/6 5/5 0 4 26 +22
J. Green 27 11 4 1 3 3 1 3 4/12 1/3 2/2 0 4 22 +18
G. Hill 26 10 3 2 2 0 2 3 3/9 2/6 2/2 0 3 17 +20
L. Nance Jr. 14 4 2 0 0 1 1 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 2 6 +17
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Clarkson 26 23 0 1 2 0 2 1 8/14 6/10 1/2 0 0 25 -3
J. Smith 22 14 5 1 1 0 1 2 5/12 2/4 2/2 2 3 21 +10
A. Zizic 14 11 4 1 0 1 3 3 5/5 0/0 1/2 1 3 15 +3
J. Holland 28 2 6 2 0 2 2 3 1/7 0/3 0/0 2 4 12 +10
L. Perrantes 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -2
J. Calderon 17 2 2 5 1 0 0 2 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 2 15 -8
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Love - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Thornton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Osman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 129 44 25 12 9 19 25 43/87 17/35 26/30 5 39 225 +110
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Warren 32 19 10 0 0 0 0 3 8/17 0/1 3/4 5 5 29 -21
J. Jackson 34 19 3 1 4 1 2 3 6/15 1/3 6/8 0 3 27 -20
D. Booker 33 17 3 6 1 0 5 3 7/16 0/3 3/3 1 2 28 -27
E. Payton 23 10 4 7 1 0 5 1 4/10 0/3 2/3 0 4 24 -20
D. Bender 23 7 5 3 0 1 1 2 2/9 1/5 2/2 1 4 18 -24
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Warren 32 19 10 0 0 0 0 3 8/17 0/1 3/4 5 5 29 -21
J. Jackson 34 19 3 1 4 1 2 3 6/15 1/3 6/8 0 3 27 -20
D. Booker 33 17 3 6 1 0 5 3 7/16 0/3 3/3 1 2 28 -27
E. Payton 23 10 4 7 1 0 5 1 4/10 0/3 2/3 0 4 24 -20
D. Bender 23 7 5 3 0 1 1 2 2/9 1/5 2/2 1 4 18 -24
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Harrison 11 10 1 0 1 0 0 1 4/6 0/2 2/2 0 1 12 -3
T. Daniels 17 9 1 0 0 0 0 1 3/7 3/7 0/0 0 1 10 -7
J. Dudley 20 5 9 0 2 0 1 3 1/4 1/3 2/2 0 9 15 +5
M. Chriss 17 5 5 0 0 0 3 2 1/4 0/0 3/4 3 2 7 +4
A. Len 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 4 -1
D. Reed 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 1 3 +2
T. Ulis 14 2 3 0 1 0 1 1 0/6 0/3 2/2 1 2 5 +2
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Peters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. House - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Chandler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 107 47 17 10 2 18 21 38/98 6/32 25/30 11 36 182 -110