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In special shoes, LeBron's triple-double leads Cavs past Wiz

WASHINGTON (AP) LeBron James joked that he changed out of his shoes - one black, one white, with ''equality'' in gold capital letters - at halftime because he was playing poorly.

''If that's a bad game,'' teammate Kevin Love said, ''then sheesh!''

James finished with 20 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Washington Wizards 106-99 on Sunday night for their 18th victory in 19 games, and then said afterward his choice of footwear was related to the game being played about a mile from President Donald Trump's White House.

''This is a beautiful country and we're never going to let one person dictate how beautiful and how powerful we are,'' the four-time NBA MVP said.

James had his fourth triple-double in the past five games despite being called for four fouls in the final quarter.

Still, he offered a scathing self-critique.

''I actually played pretty bad tonight. I wasn't as strong with the ball: I had six turnovers. Kind of lazy with the ball, at times,'' James said. ''And my teammates did a great job bailing me out.''

Love led Cleveland with 25 points and added nine rebounds. Jeff Green added 15 points, and Kyle Korver scored 11.

''He just affects the game in so many ways and makes a lot of plays for other guys, too,'' Love said about James. ''He's just setting us up and getting us into our spots. That's what he does. He's our leader.''

The last time these teams played, at Washington on Nov. 3, Cleveland won thanks to 57 points from James.

That prompted Wizards coach Scott Brooks to joke before tipoff Sunday that holding the four-time league MVP to ''56 would be pretty good tonight.'' He also cracked, ''I have a lot of respect for Coach (Tyronn) Lue, but I think he's making a bad decision if he doesn't sit LeBron tonight. Back-to-back games, right? Our fans saw 57. They don't need to see any more.''

This time, James was more of a facilitator.

''His IQ is the highest I've ever been around,'' Brooks said afterward. ''Just the way he sees the floor.''

Bradley Beal led Washington with 27 points, and John Wall had 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes in his third game back after missing nine with an injured left knee.

In a matchup of Eastern Conference division leaders, neither team led by more than seven until Wall turned the ball over, leading to a fast break for James, who was fouled at the other end and completed the three-point play for a 103-94 lead.

That was part of a 23-16 edge for the Cavs in the fourth quarter, which began with the teams tied at 83.

''Against a great team like that, you have to be sharp the whole game,'' Wizards forward Mike Scott said. ''In the fourth, we weren't sharp on the offensive end, and they made plays.''

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: G Dwyane Wade was rested on the second half of a back-to-back. ... The Cavs finished with 24 assists, ending their streak of three consecutive games with at least 30. ... Cleveland made 14 3-pointers, its 20th game in a row with at least 10. ... The Cavs scored at least 100 points for the 24th straight game.

Wizards: F Otto Porter Jr. sat out with an injured right hip. ... His replacement in the starting lineup, Kelly Oubre Jr., had 11 points and eight rebounds. ... F Markieff Morris missed the start of the second half because he was getting an X-ray on his neck. ''Everything came back clean,'' Brooks said.

MOVING ON UP

If it seems as if James climbs up some career list each and every night, well, that's because he pretty much does. This time, he overtook Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth-most made field goals in NBA history and tied Nick Van Exel for 24th-most 3-pointers. ... Wall's 3 shortly before halftime moved him up to No. 5 on Washington's franchise scoring list. He began the night at No. 7, but surpassed Phil Chenier and Gus Johnson in the second quarter.

UP NEXT:

Cavaliers: At Milwaukee on Tuesday night. The Cavs have beaten the Bucks the last five times they've played.

Wizards: Host New Orleans on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
L. James
23 SF
B. Beal
3 SG
35.1 Min. Per Game 35.1
23.6 Pts. Per Game 23.6
3.4 Ast. Per Game 3.4
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
57.0 Field Goal % 45.1
57.5 Three Point % 45.1
76.9 Free Throw % 78.8
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:07
  Defensive rebound by J.R. Smith 0:30
  Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:33
+ 1 LeBron James made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:39
  Team rebound 0:39
  LeBron James missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:39
  Shooting foul on Mike Scott 0:39
  Offensive rebound by Jeff Green 0:42
  LeBron James missed 3-pt. fade-away jump shot 0:46
+ 3 Mike Scott made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bradley Beal 1:09
  Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris 1:15
Team Stats
Points 106 99
Field Goals 41-87 (47.1%) 39-91 (42.9%)
3-Pointers 14-34 (41.2%) 12-33 (36.4%)
Free Throws 10-12 (83.3%) 9-16 (56.3%)
Total Rebounds 49 58
Offensive 4 13
Defensive 38 38
Team 7 7
Assists 24 20
Steals 6 4
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 9 10
Fouls 16 18
Technicals 1 3
20 PTS, 12 REB, 15 AST
27 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Cavaliers 23-8 27332323106
home team logo Wizards 16-14 2337231699
Team Stats
away team logo Cavaliers 23-8 103.5 PPG 43.7 RPG 19.3 APG
home team logo Wizards 16-14 112.0 PPG 41 RPG 24.3 APG
Key Players
K. Love PF 19.0 PPG 13.5 RPG 3.5 APG 32.3 FG%
B. Beal SG 22.6 PPG 4.4 RPG 4.4 APG 47.2 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Love PF 25 PTS 9 REB 0 AST
B. Beal SG 27 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
47.1 FG% 42.9
41.2 3PT FG% 36.4
83.3 FT% 56.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Love 31 25 9 0 1 0 1 2 9/20 5/8 2/2 0 9 34 +6
L. James 41 20 12 15 0 1 6 4 8/23 2/7 2/3 2 10 57 +4
J. Crowder 22 7 1 1 0 0 0 3 3/5 1/2 0/0 0 1 10 +3
J. Smith 29 7 9 1 2 1 1 3 3/9 1/7 0/0 0 9 20 +1
J. Calderon 20 7 4 2 1 0 1 0 3/4 1/1 0/0 0 4 15 +1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Love 31 25 9 0 1 0 1 2 9/20 5/8 2/2 0 9 34 +6
L. James 41 20 12 15 0 1 6 4 8/23 2/7 2/3 2 10 57 +4
J. Crowder 22 7 1 1 0 0 0 3 3/5 1/2 0/0 0 1 10 +3
J. Smith 29 7 9 1 2 1 1 3 3/9 1/7 0/0 0 9 20 +1
J. Calderon 20 7 4 2 1 0 1 0 3/4 1/1 0/0 0 4 15 +1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Green 29 15 5 2 0 2 0 0 5/12 1/4 4/5 2 3 26 +5
K. Korver 23 11 1 2 1 0 0 1 4/6 1/2 2/2 0 1 17 +5
C. Osman 17 5 1 0 1 0 0 3 2/3 1/1 0/0 0 1 7 +7
C. Frye 9 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 0 7 +3
T. Thompson 15 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 4 0
J. Holland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Rose - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Shumpert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Perrantes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zizic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wade - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 106 42 24 6 4 9 16 41/87 14/34 10/12 4 38 197 +35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 43 27 5 5 0 1 1 2 10/27 4/13 3/4 0 5 42 -2
J. Wall 32 15 10 6 1 2 3 0 6/16 2/5 1/2 2 8 37 -2
K. Oubre 29 11 8 3 0 0 2 4 4/8 1/4 2/2 1 7 23 +4
M. Morris 26 10 7 0 1 0 1 3 4/10 1/1 1/2 2 5 17 -11
M. Gortat 23 7 9 1 0 0 1 1 3/5 0/0 1/4 4 5 17 +4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 43 27 5 5 0 1 1 2 10/27 4/13 3/4 0 5 42 -2
J. Wall 32 15 10 6 1 2 3 0 6/16 2/5 1/2 2 8 37 -2
K. Oubre 29 11 8 3 0 0 2 4 4/8 1/4 2/2 1 7 23 +4
M. Morris 26 10 7 0 1 0 1 3 4/10 1/1 1/2 2 5 17 -11
M. Gortat 23 7 9 1 0 0 1 1 3/5 0/0 1/4 4 5 17 +4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Scott 32 19 4 4 2 1 1 4 8/14 3/7 0/0 2 2 33 +1
I. Mahinmi 12 5 2 0 0 1 1 3 2/3 0/0 1/2 1 1 7 -8
J. Meeks 14 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 3 8 -6
T. Satoransky 24 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 2 5 -15
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Porter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 99 51 20 4 5 10 18 39/91 12/33 9/16 13 38 189 -35