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LeBron's 39 lead Cavs to 118-113 OT win against Clippers

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James knows about the narrative bouncing around the NBA that Cleveland can be dethroned in the East.

He's ignoring it, and slowly changing it.

''You know I could care less what people say,'' James said. ''I'm so far beyond that. I don't care what people say.''

Just to make sure everyone understood him, James asked his two sons waiting for him in Cleveland's locker room to chime in on whether he was concerned about outside voices.

The boys had dad's back.

James had another of those games that he only seems capable of, scoring 39 points with 14 rebounds in 46 minutes as the Cavaliers continued to improve from a shaky start with their fourth straight win, 118-113 in overtime on Friday night over the skidding Los Angeles Clippers, who dropped their seventh in a row.

Kevin Love scored 25 and drained a pair of 3-pointers in OT, when the Cavs, who didn't take the lead until the first minute of the extra session, outscored the Clippers 13-8.

Dwyane Wade gave Cleveland a huge spark, scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. The Cavs' win wasn't eye-pleasing, but it was another step in the right direction for the three-time defending conference champions, who went 3-1 on a just-completed road trip.

On Thursday night, James said he watched Boston beat Golden State to improve to 14-2, a stunning start that has prompted discussion about Cleveland's vulnerability.

James dismissed any concern about the Celtics' early burst.

''I've got too much to worry about around here right now trying to get our ship going in the right direction,'' he said.

The Clippers' ship is taking on water fast. Los Angeles has lost nine of 10 since a 4-0 start.

Blake Griffin scored 23 and DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 22 rebounds for Los Angeles, which didn't give up the lead until the first minute of overtime. The Clippers had chances to put the Cavs away in regulation, but they didn't execute down the stretch and then had defensive breakdowns in overtime.

''They made some big 3s,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. ''You have to give them credit. That's why they've been in a lot of Finals.''

The Cavs spent all night chasing the Clippers and caught them at 105-all when Love grabbed an offensive rebound and fed James, who dropped an uncontested 3-pointer with 47 seconds left.

Griffin missed tough shots on consecutive possessions, giving Cleveland one last chance in regulation but James missed an off-balance left-hander just before the horn.

James made a free throw to open OT - he went 1 of 5 at the line - and give Cleveland its first lead. Then, after Love made his two 3s, James sealed the Cavs' fifth win in six games with a jumper.

''Well defended,'' Rivers said. ''It's LeBron James.''

TIP-INS

Clippers: Jordan made his first eight shots, three on dunks. ... G Patrick Beverely (sore right knee) missed his fourth straight game. ... Rivers is ''amazed'' by James, who just over a month shy of his 33rd birthday, hasn't slowed physically. ''Most players when they get to his age are smart enough now they see everything,'' he said. ''But usually when they get to that age, they're too old to do anything about it. He has both going for him. He can beat you with his brain. He can beat you with his power. It's a daunting task when you watch him on film.''

Cavaliers: PG Derrick Rose will miss at least two more weeks with a nagging left ankle injury. Rose's ankle will be immobilized in a boot for the next week and he could undergo treatment for as many as three more weeks. ... Iman Shumpert started again at point, but left in the first quarter a sore left knee and didn't return. ... G Jose Calderon played his first minutes since Nov. 1. ... Working toward his return from a hip injury, G Isaiah Thomas got in two on-court workouts before the game. ... Cleveland has won 33 of its last 39 home games against Western Conference teams.

D-WONDERFUL

Wade's aggressiveness in the second quarter helped the Cavs shake off an atrocious start. Down 10 points, Cleveland chipped away and despite some defensive lapses, the Cavs somehow tied the Clippers 56-all at halftime.

Wade scored 17 in the quarter, 11 on free throws, as he was able to draw fouls with drives and extra-effort plays.

''He continues to play the same way and that's what you need from vets and future Hall of Famers,'' Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. ''Guys like that who understand the game and when it gets tough, don't panic and continue to play the same way.''

UP NEXT

Clippers: Continue road trip on Saturday in Charlotte.

Cavaliers: At Detroit on Monday.

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Key Players
B. Griffin
32 F
L. James
23 F
38.1 Min. Per Game 38.1
28.3 Pts. Per Game 28.3
8.7 Ast. Per Game 8.7
7.3 Reb. Per Game 7.3
42.3 Field Goal % 58.5
42.8 Three Point % 57.5
77.7 Free Throw % 78.0
+ 2 DeAndre Jordan made alley-oop shot, assist by Lou Williams 0:01
+ 1 Kyle Korver made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:09
+ 1 Kyle Korver made 1st of 2 free throws 0:09
  Personal foul on Austin Rivers 0:09
  Personal foul on Blake Griffin 0:09
  Defensive rebound by J.R. Smith 0:17
  Lou Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:20
  Personal foul on J.R. Smith 0:25
+ 2 LeBron James made jump shot 0:30
+ 2 Lou Williams made finger-roll layup 0:54
  Team rebound 1:00
Team Stats
Points 113 118
Field Goals 46-103 (44.7%) 42-90 (46.7%)
3-Pointers 10-35 (28.6%) 11-33 (33.3%)
Free Throws 11-14 (78.6%) 23-29 (79.3%)
Total Rebounds 59 55
Offensive 13 8
Defensive 42 43
Team 4 4
Assists 29 24
Steals 7 9
Blocks 10 4
Turnovers 15 15
Fouls 26 20
Technicals 0 1
23 PTS, 12 REB, 5 AST
39 PTS, 14 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Clippers 5-9 272925248113
home team logo Cavaliers 9-7 2432222713118
Team Stats
away team logo Clippers 5-9 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Cavaliers 9-7 101.1 PPG 41.4 RPG 19.2 APG
Key Players
B. Griffin F PPG RPG APG FG%
L. James F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
B. Griffin F 23 PTS 12 REB 5 AST
L. James F 39 PTS 14 REB 6 AST
44.7 FG% 46.7
28.6 3PT FG% 33.3
78.6 FT% 79.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 42 23 12 5 2 1 1 2 8/25 2/8 5/6 1 11 47 -8
D. Jordan 40 20 22 1 1 3 4 2 10/12 0/0 0/2 7 15 44 -7
A. Rivers 34 16 1 6 0 0 4 5 6/18 2/10 2/2 0 1 25 +6
W. Johnson 42 15 7 4 3 4 0 3 6/10 3/7 0/0 0 7 37 +12
S. Thornwell 31 13 1 2 0 1 1 4 5/9 3/3 0/0 0 1 18 -8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 42 23 12 5 2 1 1 2 8/25 2/8 5/6 1 11 47 -8
D. Jordan 40 20 22 1 1 3 4 2 10/12 0/0 0/2 7 15 44 -7
A. Rivers 34 16 1 6 0 0 4 5 6/18 2/10 2/2 0 1 25 +6
W. Johnson 42 15 7 4 3 4 0 3 6/10 3/7 0/0 0 7 37 +12
S. Thornwell 31 13 1 2 0 1 1 4 5/9 3/3 0/0 0 1 18 -8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Williams 37 13 2 7 1 0 4 3 5/16 0/5 3/3 1 1 26 -17
M. Harrell 12 8 5 1 0 0 0 1 4/5 0/0 0/0 2 3 15 +2
J. Evans 5 3 1 1 0 0 0 3 1/3 0/0 1/1 0 1 6 -3
S. Dekker 18 2 4 2 0 1 1 3 1/5 0/2 0/0 2 2 10 -2
D. Gallinari - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Beverley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teodosic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 261 113 55 29 7 10 15 26 46/103 10/35 11/14 13 42 228 -25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 46 39 14 6 1 0 6 0 17/26 4/9 1/5 1 13 60 +1
K. Love 42 25 8 2 2 1 1 4 9/18 3/7 4/4 4 4 39 +9
J. Crowder 27 9 5 0 1 0 0 2 3/9 1/3 2/2 1 4 15 +1
J. Smith 35 5 4 4 0 0 1 3 2/7 1/6 0/0 0 4 16 -9
I. Shumpert 11 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 4 -8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 46 39 14 6 1 0 6 0 17/26 4/9 1/5 1 13 60 +1
K. Love 42 25 8 2 2 1 1 4 9/18 3/7 4/4 4 4 39 +9
J. Crowder 27 9 5 0 1 0 0 2 3/9 1/3 2/2 1 4 15 +1
J. Smith 35 5 4 4 0 0 1 3 2/7 1/6 0/0 0 4 16 -9
I. Shumpert 11 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 4 -8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Wade 36 23 11 5 1 2 2 1 6/16 0/1 11/13 1 10 45 +19
K. Korver 28 9 3 2 1 0 0 2 2/5 2/5 3/3 0 3 17 +25
J. Green 15 8 2 2 0 0 1 1 3/5 0/0 2/2 1 1 13 -3
C. Osman 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -2
C. Frye 10 0 3 1 1 0 2 3 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 4 -4
J. Calderon 10 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 2 -4
J. Holland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Rose - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Perrantes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zizic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 261 118 51 24 9 4 15 20 42/90 11/33 23/29 8 43 215 +25