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James, after stitches, fuels Cavs' win over Nets

James, after stitches, fuels Cavs' win over Nets

"We haven't had a win like this in a very long time", James told reporters.

It was not just their leader who took a step back following the botched slam, rather the entire team, as they nonchalantly watched the Nets build a seven-point lead by half. James, who logged 46 minutes in an overtime triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, was needed for a season-low 27 minutes on Monday and still managed 18 points and eight assists.

James began the dominating run with a pair of free throws and followed with 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.

"It was good because I had told him during halftime he was messing around and he didn't like it", Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said about James' injury. "On the off days and when the camera's not on, I put a lot of work in during this offseason, so when I get on the floor, there's not one position on the floor that I don't feel comfortable at this point in my career and I just want to make plays".

James had scored just 10 points during the first three periods and had added six more with just under 4:30 remaining in the contest.

The 7-foot-3 "unicorn" also took aim at James' message on "The Michael Kay Show".

James said after Monday's win: "You make so much a big thing about my minutes".

Jay-Z isn't the only NY superstar who dismissed James' bold statement.

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Hollis-Jefferson rebounded from a scoreless first half to lead the Nets (6-11) with 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting, ex-Cav Joe Harris had 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting. The Cavs scored 42 in the fourth, one point shy of their season best.

"I think that it's always nice coming back to a place where you spent some time".

"You've got to let it come to you", James said.

Cavs forward? Kevin Love said the team appreciated what it got out of James.

"It helps when I'm aggressive because it gets everyone going", Crowder said.

But shortly after James returned with some stiches and puffiness around his mouth, Cleveland went on an 8-0 run and headed to the fourth quarter tied at 77-all.

"LeBron really took over", Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.

Nets: C Trevor Booker (sprained left ankle) worked out before the game, but did not play. "They get the most credit".


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