HEADLINE

James powers Cavs to 13th straight win

Sports Xchange

December 06, 2017 at 7:47 pm.

CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 32 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Sacramento Kings 101-95 to tie a franchise record for consecutive wins.

The Cavs have now won 13 straight, and can set a new franchise win-streak record Friday against the Indiana Pacers.

Cleveland set its current record in March 2009 and tied in January and February 2010.

Kevin Love scored 18 points with 13 rebounds for the Cavs, while Jeff Green scored 17 off the bench and Kyle Korver added 15 points.

Zach Randolph paced the Kings with 18 points and JaKarr Sampson set a career high with 16 rebounds. Sampson, who is from Cleveland, started at center Wednesday in place of the injured Willie Cauley-Stein.

The Cavs fell behind by as many as 14 in the third quarter and were trailing 78-73 heading to the fourth. Korver opened the final frame with three consecutive 3-pointers and Cleveland was ahead, 82-79, in 83 seconds.

James, who also finished with 11 rebounds, nine assists and seven turnovers, scored the last five points, with a driving skyhook and then a dagger 3-pointer with 15.8 seconds to go.

Sacramento took a 57-48 lead into halftime. James scored nine straight points to cut Cleveland’s deficit to 46-45 with 3:14 left and missed a free throw that could’ve tied it. Randolph scored seven points from that moment to the end of the half, and the Kings shot 14-of-21 overall in the second quarter.

The Kings shot 10-of-27 from the field and 2-of-11 on 3s in the first quarter and still led 22-19. James failed to score in the opening period and Love scored eight of the Cavs’ 19 points.

Dwyane Wade finished with four points and six assists, snapping his string of seven consecutive games scoring in double figures for the Cavs.

NOTES: Kings C Willie Cauley-Stein (lower back strain) missed Wednesday’s game and will be out again Friday against New Orleans, coach Dave Joerger said. Joerger said he didn’t know if Cauley-Stein would be out longer than that. The Kings’ four-game road trip ends against the Pelicans. … Cavs G Isaiah Thomas and C Tristan Thompson played in a four-on-four scrimmage Wednesday after the team’s shootaround. Coach Tyronn Lue said Thompson would hopefully play this week and offered no new information on Thomas’ return. Thompson injured his left calf Nov. 1 and Thomas has yet to play this season because of hip injuries. … Kings F Zach Randolph returned to the starting lineup Wednesday after coming off the bench for the first time this season in Sacramento’s last game in Milwaukee. … Cavs G Derrick Rose, who left the team Nov. 22 to consider retirement and returned to the organization Monday, addressed his teammates for the first time since leaving Wednesday. Rose remains out with a sprained left ankle. … Center Georgios Papagiannis was recalled from Reno with Cauley-Stein out, but Joerger said “I don’t know that he’ll see a lot a lot action the next two games.”