Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) passes the ball out of traffic during the second quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights from National Basketball Association games on Monday:
Cavaliers 104, Knicks 101
LeBron James had 23 points and came one rebound short of a triple-double as the Cleveland Cavaliers stormed back from a 24-point deficit to defeat the host New York Knicks 104-101 on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
James hit a step-back, 27-foot 3-pointer to put the Cavs up by three with 1:23 left in the game, the final dagger in an 8-0 Cleveland run to complete a rousing comeback. James finished with 12 assists and nine rebounds, and Kyle Korver added 21 points for the Cavs.
New York led by as much as 24 in the third quarter before heading into the fourth up 15 and still led by double figures with 6:53 remaining. Cleveland put on the defensive clamps late, though, and the Cavs hit four 3-pointers in the last 4:35, including two by Korver, to upend the previously hot Knicks.
Warriors 110, Magic 100
Playing without superstar Stephen Curry, Golden State went on a trademark third-quarter surge to defeat Orlando for its seventh straight win.
Curry sat out with a right thigh contusion, and his replacement, Shaun Livingston, rose to the challenge with 16 points and six assists. Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Draymond Green had 20 points.
76ers 109, Clippers 105
Joel Embiid scored 32 points, and Robert Covington added 31, including two key fourth-quarter 3-pointers, as Philadelphia beat Los Angeles to end a two-game losing streak.
Ben Simmons added 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Embiid had a game-high 16 boards.
Timberwolves 109, Jazz 98
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points and collected 13 rebounds while Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 10 assists to help Minnesota overwhelm Utah.
Taj Gibson also finished with a double-double for Minnesota, adding 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Teague chipped in 22 points.
Wizards 110, Kings 92
John Wall scored 21 points and continued his torrid 3-point shooting against Sacramento as Washington won its third consecutive game.
Marcin Gortat had 18 and Otto Porter 15 for the Wizards, who matched their longest winning streak of the season and closed their four-game homestand at 3-1. Washington opened the season 3-0, but lost five of seven, including a loss to the one-win Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 7.
Bucks 110, Grizzlies 103
John Henson scored eight of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and Milwaukee rallied down the stretch for the win.
Tyreke Evans scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for the Grizzlies, but Memphis couldn’t hold off Milwaukee, which won its third straight.
Pelicans 106, Hawks 105
Darius Miller hit four 3-pointers in the final 5:45 and scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth-quarter run to lift New Orleans to the win.
Guard E‘Twaun Moore was the Pelicans’ leading scorer with 24 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 22 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists.
Lakers 100, Suns 93
Jordan Clarkson scored 25 points in 25 minutes off the bench and Corey Brewer and Kyle Kuzma combined for 13 points in the fourth quarter to lift Los Angeles past Phoenix.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 15 points and Brook Lopez added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who ended a three-game losing streak in a game where neither team had a double-digit lead until 2:30 remained.
Trail Blazers 101, Nuggets 97
Jusuf Nurkic and CJ McCollum scored 17 points apiece and Damian Lillard chipped in 15 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals to lead Portland past Denver.
Portland shot a season-best 52.1 percent from the field and held Denver to a season-low 35.7 percent. It was the poorest shooting game by a Portland opponent all season.
Jordan backs James after president questions player’s intelligence
FILE PHOTOS: NBA Legend Michael Jordan and NBA player Lebron James (REUTERS)
(Reuters) – NBA legend Michael Jordan and U.S. athletes rallied to LeBron James’ defense on Saturday after U.S. President Donald Trump questioned the star player’s intelligence in a tweet.
“I support LJ. He’s doing an amazing job for his community,” Jordan, now owner of the National Basketball Association’s Charlotte Hornets, told NBC News through a spokesperson.
The comment by Jordan and others came after Trump had tweeted:
“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”
Trump was referring to an interview CNN’s Lemon did in the days after James, who now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, and his foundation had opened a public school for some of the most disadvantaged children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
The president’s “I like Mike!” comment apparently was Trump stating his opinion on the debate of whether six-time NBA champion Jordan or James, the four-time league most valuable player and three times champion, is the NBA’s best all-time player.
Even the president’s wife was supportive of James’ work with children.
“It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today,” Melania Trump said in a statement issued by her spokeswoman.
NBA player Karl-Anthony Towns added in a tweet: “So let me get this straight: Flint, MI has dirty water still, but you worried about an interview about a man doing good for education and generations of kids in his hometown?”
Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Alistair Bell
Trump aims tweet at LeBron James, questions his intelligence
FILE PHOTOS: USA President Donald Trump and NBA player Lebron James (REUTERS)
To the sporting world and largely beyond, he’s King James, but to President Trump, LeBron James is no intellectual genius.
In a tweet, Trump took aim at two of his regular critics, James and cable TV news personality Don Lemon. His tweet called Lemon the “the dumbest man on television,” and then said Lemon “made LeBron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.”
Trump finished the tweet with “I like Mike!” an apparent reference to favoring NBA legend Michael Jordan in a comparison with James as perhaps the best NBA player ever.
James — who last month announced his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for a second time, this time to come to Los Angeles and play for the Lakers — gave an interview with Lemon on Monday, in large part to tout a new elementary school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
The school, which is a joint effort of the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools, will benefit at-risk children.
During the sit-down, James spoke of sports as something that unites people, and added that the president was “using sports to kinda divide us.”
Trump has repeatedly and strongly criticized the NFL in particular for not punishing players who kneel during the national anthem in a form of protest.
“Sports has never been something that divides people,” James said during the interview. “It’s always been something that brings someone together.”
James has previously criticized Trump on several occasions, publicly supporting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton before the 2016 election and calling Trump a “bum” in September 2017, after the president rescinded an invitation to the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House after winning the NBA title.
“Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James tweeted at the time.
Trump’s first comments about the NFL and players who protest during the anthem came later that month.
—Field Level Media
Mural of LeBron respecting Lakers greats also vandalized
FILE PHOTO: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) looks on during a press conference after game four of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena. The Warriors won 108-97. USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles artist Gustavo Zermeno, who produced the latest mural depicting LeBron James coming to the Los Angeles Lakers, hoped a depiction of James showing respect for past Lakers greats would keep the vandals away.
Zermeno was wrong. They struck on Friday night.
The mural, at Melrose and Fairfax in Los Angeles, shows James facing a handful of Lakers legends looming over Staples Center, where Los Angeles plays its home games, and over the Great Western Forum, which the team formerly called home.
The retired Lakers shown included Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal, along with late broadcaster Chick Hearn.
Zermano said he and five friends devoted 45 hours over five days to producing the mural. On Friday night, vandals threw white paint on it.
As Zermano was working on restoring it Saturday morning, several dozen Lakers fans helped out, Zermano said, adding that he was surprised the vandalism happened in the first place.
The image, he said, was to “just show LeBron paying homage to not only past Lakers legends but the whole organization. Him showing up to the Lakers and knowing he has some big shoes to fill,” according to ESPN.
A previous mural touting James’ decision to join the Lakers earlier this month also drew the wrath of vandals.
The artwork, by Jonas Never, depicted James in a Lakers jersey with the message “King of LA” on a wall at the Baby Blues BBQ restaurant in Venice.
The mural was first hit with a spray-painting of “We Don’t Want You” and “No King,” as well as “3-6” — an apparent reference to James’ record in the NBA Finals.
James won two titles while with the Miami Heat and another upon his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he began his career in the 2003-04 season.
—Field Level Media