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James, Korver lead Cavs' charge in 4th to top Knicks 104-101

NEW YORK (AP) LeBron James got shoved by the Knicks and then benched by his coach.

Neither could keep him down for good.

James had 23 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, Kyle Korver scored 19 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to spark a huge comeback, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat New York 104-101 on Monday night.

James also had a technical foul after a first-quarter altercation with Frank Ntilikina and Enes Kanter, which seemed to charge up the Knicks. But he didn't lose his poise then or midway through the third quarter, when Tyronn Lue yanked the five starters with the Knicks on their way to a 23-point lead.

''I knew we had another half,'' James said. ''Didn't know that I was going to get snatched like that early in the third, but I felt if I got back in I could still make some plays to help our team win.''

He did, hitting two of the Cavaliers' nine 3-pointers in the fourth after they made just seven through three quarters and helping the Cavs charge back for their eighth straight victory at Madison Square Garden.

Cleveland outscored New York 43-25 in the fourth, making more 3s than the Knicks had baskets (8). But the turnaround started late in the third with the second unit in.

''Now we just kept talking about chipping away, chipping away,'' Dwyane Wade said. ''And then as you saw Kyle Korver got going and then when you saw LeBron check back in, you knew, OK. You saw the waves coming.''

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 28 points and 10 rebounds, and Kanter added 20 points and 16 boards. But Kristaps Porzingis shot only 7 for 21 while scoring 20 points as the Knicks blew their chance to beat the Cavs for the second time this season.

The game was just two days after James, following a victory in Dallas, said Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. should be a Knick. The Knicks passed on Smith in the draft, taking Ntilikina one spot earlier at No. 8.

James said he meant it as a shot at former president Phil Jackson, and he was angry that he thought Kanter overreacted in his defense of Ntilikina. So it wasn't surprising they were involved in an altercation late in the first quarter.

James dunked and then wouldn't move out of the way as Ntilikina tried to take the ball back to the baseline to throw it in. Ntilikina pushed James, who then exchanged words with Kanter after he ran in. James shoved Kanter, and both were given technical fouls.

''I don't care ... what you call yourself. King, Queen, Princess, whatever you are. You know what, we're going to fight and nobody out there (is) going to punk us,'' Kanter said.

James' response?

''I'm the King, my wife is the Queen and my daughter is the Princess,'' he said. ''So we got all three covered.''

The Knicks got hot after that, hitting the Cavs with a 15-0 burst early in the second to open a 47-31 lead. Ntilikina and Hardaway both stole the ball from James during the run.

Cleveland made a brief run early in the third before New York extended it back to 17, when Lue made his line change. Korver said even then he was still thinking the Cavs could win.

''Absolutely,'' he said. ''That's a lot of time and this is an amazing place to make a comeback in.''

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Derrick Rose, who played for the Knicks last season, remained out with a sprained left ankle. ... Cleveland started 2 for 15 behind the arc.

Knicks: Former Knicks stars Bernard King and Latrell Sprewell were at the game. ... G Ron Baker was inactive, with coach Jeff Hornacek saying he hurt his shoulder playing for the Knicks' G League team over the weekend.

TRAVEL-IERS

Cavs players took the subway back to their hotel after their morning shootaround at MSG, rather than sit in traffic on the bus. James, in a video posted by the NBA , said it was his first time taking the subway in New York.

''When in Rome,'' Korver said.

NO NOAH

Joakim Noah was eligible to play after the completion of his 20-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy last season, but the Knicks kept him on the inactive list. Hornacek said Noah is in shape - he was allowed to practice during his suspension - and a valued member of the team, but the Knicks' center tandem of Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn has been playing well.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Visit Charlotte on Wednesday.

Knicks: Host Utah on Wednesday.

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Key Players
L. James
23 F
K. Porzingis
6 F
32.5 Min. Per Game 32.5
30.4 Pts. Per Game 30.4
1.1 Ast. Per Game 1.1
7.3 Reb. Per Game 7.3
58.6 Field Goal % 49.8
59.0 Three Point % 51.0
80.7 Free Throw % 82.0
  Team rebound 0:00
  LeBron James missed floating jump shot 0:01
  Offensive rebound by Jeff Green 0:00
  LeBron James missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:04
  Team rebound 0:04
  LeBron James missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:04
  Personal foul on Lance Thomas 0:04
+ 2 Tim Hardaway Jr. made driving layup 0:05
+ 1 Kyle Korver made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:10
+ 1 Kyle Korver made 1st of 2 free throws 0:10
  Personal foul on Courtney Lee 0:10
Team Stats
Points 104 101
Field Goals 35-88 (39.8%) 38-88 (43.2%)
3-Pointers 16-45 (35.6%) 8-25 (32.0%)
Free Throws 18-22 (81.8%) 17-22 (77.3%)
Total Rebounds 56 56
Offensive 14 13
Defensive 34 36
Team 8 7
Assists 21 19
Steals 7 13
Blocks 7 3
Turnovers 21 17
Fouls 21 21
Technicals 3 1
away team logo
L. James F 23
23 PTS, 9 REB, 12 AST
home team logo
T. Hardaway Jr. F 3
28 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Cavaliers 7-7 25132343104
home team logo Knicks 7-622292525101
Team Stats
away team logoCavaliers 7-7 110.6 PPG 43.3 RPG 21.8 APG
home team logoKnicks 7-6 104.5 PPG 44.6 RPG 22.7 APG
Key Players
L. James F 28.9 PPG 7.8 RPG 8.6 APG 58.5 FG%
T. Hardaway Jr. F 17.5 PPG 4.4 RPG 2.9 APG 41.4 FG%
Top Scorers
L. James F 23 PTS 9 REB 12 AST
T. Hardaway Jr. F 28 PTS 10 REB 5 AST
39.8 FG% 43.2
35.6 3PT FG% 32.0
81.8 FT% 77.3
Cavaliers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 36 23 9 12 0 3 5 1 7/14 2/4 7/10 3 6 54 +2
J. Crowder 22 13 1 0 0 0 3 3 5/12 2/5 1/1 1 0 11 -17
J. Smith 33 8 5 3 3 0 1 2 3/8 2/7 0/0 1 4 21 +6
K. Love 23 6 6 2 0 0 2 1 2/9 0/4 2/2 3 3 14 -15
I. Shumpert 20 0 4 0 0 1 5 3 0/4 0/2 0/0 0 4 0 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 36 23 9 12 0 3 5 1 7/14 2/4 7/10 3 6 54 +2
J. Crowder 22 13 1 0 0 0 3 3 5/12 2/5 1/1 1 0 11 -17
J. Smith 33 8 5 3 3 0 1 2 3/8 2/7 0/0 1 4 21 +6
K. Love 23 6 6 2 0 0 2 1 2/9 0/4 2/2 3 3 14 -15
I. Shumpert 20 0 4 0 0 1 5 3 0/4 0/2 0/0 0 4 0 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Korver 28 21 5 1 1 0 0 0 5/12 5/12 6/6 0 5 29 +8
D. Wade 27 15 8 3 2 1 3 5 7/15 0/0 1/1 5 3 29 +13
C. Frye 24 9 5 0 1 2 1 4 3/6 3/6 0/0 0 5 16 +20
J. Green 17 6 5 0 0 0 1 2 2/7 1/4 1/2 1 4 10 +4
C. Osman 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0 3 +4
J. Holland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Rose - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Perrantes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zizic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Calderon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 104 48 21 7 7 21 21 35/88 16/45 18/22 14 34 187 +15
Knicks
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Hardaway Jr. 32 28 10 5 2 1 3 0 10/20 4/11 4/4 1 9 48 +5
E. Kanter 30 20 16 4 0 0 1 3 9/15 0/0 2/2 7 9 43 -6
K. Porzingis 34 20 7 1 2 1 2 4 7/21 2/5 4/7 1 6 30 +5
C. Lee 36 15 4 1 2 0 1 3 6/12 2/5 1/1 1 3 22 -3
J. Jack 23 2 2 5 0 0 3 2 1/5 0/1 0/0 0 2 11 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Hardaway Jr. 32 28 10 5 2 1 3 0 10/20 4/11 4/4 1 9 48 +5
E. Kanter 30 20 16 4 0 0 1 3 9/15 0/0 2/2 7 9 43 -6
K. Porzingis 34 20 7 1 2 1 2 4 7/21 2/5 4/7 1 6 30 +5
C. Lee 36 15 4 1 2 0 1 3 6/12 2/5 1/1 1 3 22 -3
J. Jack 23 2 2 5 0 0 3 2 1/5 0/1 0/0 0 2 11 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
F. Ntilikina 24 7 3 2 6 0 3 1 2/5 0/1 3/4 1 2 17 -1
L. Thomas 17 5 1 0 1 0 2 3 2/3 0/0 1/2 0 1 5 -14
K. O'Quinn 7 2 4 0 0 1 2 4 0/3 0/0 2/2 1 3 5 -3
D. McDermott 20 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 1/4 0/2 0/0 1 1 6 +9
D. Dotson 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -5
R. Sessions - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Beasley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 101 49 19 13 3 17 21 38/88 8/25 17/22 13 36 187 -15