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Nets overcome James' triple-double, beat Cavs 112-107

NEW YORK (AP) With injuries on both sides, the point guard matchup came down to LeBron James against Spencer Dinwiddie.

James had the bigger numbers.

Dinwiddie made the biggest plays.

Dinwiddie hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 43 seconds left, and the Brooklyn Nets overcame James' first triple-double of the season to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-107 on Wednesday night.

A former second-round pick of Detroit starting only because of injuries to Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell, Dinwiddie scored a career-high 22 points as the Nets blew a 14-point lead in the final quarter but recovered to improve to 3-2 - the same record as the defending Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers.

''Obviously they're Eastern Conference champions just about every year - or actually every year - and then either win the Finals or don't obviously,'' Dinwiddie said. ''And for us to pull out a win and be able to close them out obviously after they made their run and to be able to respond, I think it just of kind of brings a young group a little bit closer together and kind of shows us that we can do it and hopefully propels us going forward.''

James had 29 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in his 56th triple-double, but he missed two free throws - the second intentionally - with the Cavaliers trailing by two with 7.6 seconds remaining. DeMarre Carroll then hit a free throw and the Cavs' long inbounds pass intended for James went out of bounds.

But the Cavs pointed to the start of the game as their problem.

''Just taking us too much time to get into the game; like get into the flow of the game,'' James said. ''Teams are playing with a faster pace than us to start the game and we have to figure that out for sure.''

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Allen Crabbe added 19 points apiece and Carroll scored 18 for the Nets, who bounced back from Tuesday's loss in Orlando, when Russell sprained his right knee to join Lin on the injured list, and fell just shy of becoming the first NBA team in 32 years to open a season with five straight 115-point games.

''Everybody from 1 to 15 on the roster, everybody's ready,'' Crabbe said. ''Everybody works hard, so when opportunities come guys are ready to step up and ready to play.''

With Derrick Rose still nursing a sprained left ankle and Dwyane Wade joining him after bruising his left knee in Tuesday's victory over Chicago, James started at point guard in his 772nd game with the Cavs, passing former teammate Zydrunas Ilgauskas for most in team history.

He ran the offense fine but his long-range shooters couldn't convert enough of his passes. Kevin Love finished 4 for 13 from the floor and J.R. Smith was 1 for 9, missing all five 3-point attempts.

''I mean it's a lot of pressure to put on LeBron, have him handle the ball for 40 minutes, and that's why I talk about playing the point guard position, it could wear you down,'' coach Tyronn Lue said. ''Unfortunately that's all we have right now until D-Rose gets back.''

The Nets led by 14 when Quincy Acy made a 3-pointer to open the scoring in the fourth, but James led the Cavs on a 13-0 run that gave them a 94-92 lead on Love's 3-pointer. The teams traded narrow leads from there.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Lue said he hoped Rose could play Saturday at New Orleans. ... The Cavs had won the last four meetings.

Nets: The Nets are 3-0 at home for the first time since 2002-03, when they started 5-0 back in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The last team with five straight 115-games to open a season was the 1985-86 Pistons. The Nets came in leading the NBA with 123.5 points per game.

DRAFT DODGING

The Cavaliers will get the Nets' first-round pick, which originally was dealt to Boston and then sent to Cleveland in the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas swap. But Lue said the Cavs aren't paying attention to how the Nets are doing.

''My main focus is just on our team and try to get us to play the right way,'' he said before the game.

BRONX BOMBERS IN BROOKLYN

Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia and Dellin Betances of the New York Yankees watched from a sideline seat.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Visit New Orleans on Saturday.

Nets: Visit New York on Friday.

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Key Players
L. James
23 F
D. Russell
1 G
28.8 Min. Per Game 28.8
23.0 Pts. Per Game 23.0
5.5 Ast. Per Game 5.5
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
61.1 Field Goal % 46.7
61.1 Three Point % 46.7
76.0 Free Throw % 81.3
+ 1 Spencer Dinwiddie made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:02
+ 1 Spencer Dinwiddie made 1st of 2 free throws 0:02
  Personal foul on Jeff Green 0:02
  Offensive foul on LeBron James 0:03
+ 1 DeMarre Carroll made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:04
  DeMarre Carroll missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:04
  Team rebound 0:04
  Personal foul on J.R. Smith 0:04
  Defensive rebound by DeMarre Carroll 0:04
  Offensive rebound by Kevin Love 0:04
  Kevin Love missed dunk 0:04
Team Stats
Points 107 112
Field Goals 39-81 (48.1%) 40-93 (43.0%)
3-Pointers 12-35 (34.3%) 17-46 (37.0%)
Free Throws 17-26 (65.4%) 15-21 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 61 49
Offensive 9 10
Defensive 38 28
Team 14 11
Assists 21 22
Steals 5 11
Blocks 7 3
Turnovers 21 12
Fouls 17 22
Technicals 0 0
29 PTS, 10 REB, 13 AST
22 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Cavaliers 3-2 23292134107
home team logo Nets 3-2 26292928112
Team Stats
away team logo Cavaliers 3-2 101.1 PPG 41.4 RPG 19.2 APG
home team logo Nets 3-2 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
L. James F PPG RPG APG FG%
S. Dinwiddie G 12.6 PPG 3.2 RPG 6.6 APG 38.7 FG%
Top Scorers
L. James F 29 PTS 10 REB 13 AST
S. Dinwiddie G 22 PTS 5 REB 6 AST
48.1 FG% 43.0
34.3 3PT FG% 37.0
65.4 FT% 71.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 41 29 10 13 0 4 8 1 12/20 1/2 4/8 1 9 61 -2
K. Love 32 15 12 0 0 0 6 2 4/13 2/6 5/6 5 7 21 -3
J. Crowder 20 5 1 1 0 0 1 0 2/3 1/2 0/2 0 1 7 -9
T. Thompson 22 3 8 0 1 0 1 2 1/1 0/0 1/2 2 6 11 -11
J. Smith 27 2 4 2 2 0 1 5 1/9 0/5 0/0 1 3 11 -8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 41 29 10 13 0 4 8 1 12/20 1/2 4/8 1 9 61 -2
K. Love 32 15 12 0 0 0 6 2 4/13 2/6 5/6 5 7 21 -3
J. Crowder 20 5 1 1 0 0 1 0 2/3 1/2 0/2 0 1 7 -9
T. Thompson 22 3 8 0 1 0 1 2 1/1 0/0 1/2 2 6 11 -11
J. Smith 27 2 4 2 2 0 1 5 1/9 0/5 0/0 1 3 11 -8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Korver 30 22 2 0 1 1 2 5 8/14 5/11 1/2 0 2 24 +6
J. Green 27 18 6 3 1 2 0 2 5/11 2/5 6/6 0 6 33 +5
I. Shumpert 17 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 3/5 0/2 0/0 0 3 9 +6
J. Calderon 14 5 1 1 0 0 2 0 2/3 1/1 0/0 0 1 6 -3
C. Frye 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 4 -6
J. Holland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Rose - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Perrantes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Osman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zizic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wade - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 107 47 21 5 7 21 17 39/81 12/35 17/26 9 38 187 -25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Dinwiddie 31 22 5 6 1 0 2 3 7/13 4/8 4/4 1 4 38 +8
R. Hollis-Jefferson 34 19 6 2 1 3 4 3 5/12 2/2 7/8 2 4 29 +2
D. Carroll 31 18 7 1 4 0 1 4 7/16 3/9 1/2 1 6 30 0
C. LeVert 29 10 1 4 1 0 3 4 5/14 0/5 0/0 0 1 17 -3
T. Mozgov 12 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 3 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Dinwiddie 31 22 5 6 1 0 2 3 7/13 4/8 4/4 1 4 38 +8
R. Hollis-Jefferson 34 19 6 2 1 3 4 3 5/12 2/2 7/8 2 4 29 +2
D. Carroll 31 18 7 1 4 0 1 4 7/16 3/9 1/2 1 6 30 0
C. LeVert 29 10 1 4 1 0 3 4 5/14 0/5 0/0 0 1 17 -3
T. Mozgov 12 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 3 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Crabbe 24 19 2 3 0 0 0 1 6/14 4/10 3/3 0 2 27 +15
J. Harris 18 11 0 0 0 0 0 2 4/9 3/7 0/0 0 0 11 +5
T. Booker 19 6 8 4 0 0 1 2 3/4 0/0 0/4 4 4 21 +12
Q. Acy 13 3 4 0 0 0 1 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 3 6 +12
S. Kilpatrick 10 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1/6 0/3 0/0 0 1 6 -10
J. Allen 13 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 2 8 -7
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Russell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wiley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Ouattara - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 112 38 22 11 3 12 22 40/93 17/46 15/21 10 28 196 +25