CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James shook off a blow to the face and scored 23 points in the fourth quarter - including 18 straight for Cleveland - as the Cavaliers won their sixth straight, 119-109 over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.
James needed stitches in the third quarter to close a gash above his lip that drew blood. He punched back at the Nets in the fourth and finished with 33 points.
With the Cavs up 100-99, James began his one-man show with a pair of free throws. He dropped in a couple left-handed shots and then drained two 3-pointers - the last a step-back with 55 seconds left to give Cleveland a 118-107 lead.
James' solo performance enabled the Cavs to avenge a 112-107 loss in Brooklyn last month.
There's a reason why they call him Joey Buckets- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) November 23, 2017
Joe Harris had the 🔥 hand in the first half! pic.twitter.com/n6P1blOlr1
Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade added 18 points apiece for Cleveland.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 20 and Joe Harris 18 for the Nets, who could do nothing in the final 12 minutes to stop James. >> Read more
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