Cavs Drop Nets Behind LeBron's Fourth-Quarter Outburst

James Notches 23 of His 33 in Final Period as Cavs Win Sixth Straight
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Wrap-Up -- After already dropping one game to the Nets and in a dogfight after three quarters at The Q, LeBron James and the Cavaliers stopped “messing around” and finished off Brooklyn – winning their sixth straight contest, a 119-109 decision on Thanksgiving eve in Cleveland.

Following Wednesday’s win, Tyronn Lue explained that he told James in the halftime locker room that he was “messing around” in the first half. In the second stanza, James took an inadvertent shot from Tyler Zeller just above his lip that required stitches. When he returned to the floor, he was absolutely unstoppable.

The game was tied at 77-apiece after three quarters, but James went on a mission in the fourth – scoring 23 of his 33 points, going 7-for-8 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from long-range and 6-of-7 from the stripe in the period.

Overall, the four-time MVP finished with 33 points – his third 30-point effort in Cleveland’s last four games – hitting on 11-for-17 shooting, adding six boards, five assists and a pair of steals in the victory.

Kevin Love doubled-up for the 12th time this season – adding 18 points and a game-high 10 boards, going 7-for-18 from the floor, adding three assists and a blocked shot.

Dwyane Wade was outstanding off the bench again on Wednesday night, chipping in with 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting, adding five assists, four boards and a steal in just over 28 minutes of work.

Jae Crowder notched double-figures for the fourth time in his last six games – finishing with 14 points on 4-for-5 shooting, including a perfect 3-for-3 mark from long-range.

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Five Cavs score in double-figures en route to a 119-109 win over the Nets.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the Nets with 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting, with former Cavalier Joe Harris not far behind – adding 18 points off the bench, going 7-of-10 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.

Both teams shot 52 percent from the floor and canned 14 triples on the evening. But Cleveland dominated Brooklyn on the break, 15-2, and took 27 free throws to 16 for the Nets.

Turning Point -- Wednesday’s turning point was more of a person than a point – and that was the moment LeBron James broke the seal in the fourth quarter, canning a 30-footer to put the Cavaliers up four after trailing earlier in the period.

Both squads went back and forth until James started going off down the stretch, scoring 18 straight points from the 4:25 mark until just under a minute remaining – his final triple putting the Wine & Gold up 11 and sealing their sixth straight win, ninth straight over Brooklyn at The Q.

By the Numbers26 … players in NBA history – now including LeBron James – who have hit at least 1,500 three-pointers in their career.

QuotableLeBron James, on the factors that went in to his big fourth quarter …

”You can’t force it. You’ve just got to let it come to you. There are times where you wish you could do it and sometimes the ball just doesn’t go in, but I put a lot of work into my craft and I believe that every shot I take is going to go in. But when I don’t have my teammates setting screens, defending, getting rebounds and cutting and things of that nature, then none of that’s even possible for me. So they get the most credit.”

Up Next -- After pulling past the Nets on Wednesday night, the Cavaliers return on the other side of Thanksgiving to face the Hornets on Friday night at The Q. After a weekend off, they travel to the City of Brotherly Love on Monday night for a date with Joel Embiid and the Sixers. Cleveland comes home the following night for their first back-to-back in over a month – taking on the Heat at The Q on Tuesday night before closing out the month of November next Thursday night against the Hawks in Atlanta.

Calls of the Game

#CavsNets Postgame: LeBron James - November 22, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Wednesday's 119-109 victory against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cavs vs. Nets - November 22, 2017

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#CavsNets Postgame: LeBron James - November 22, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Wednesday's 119-109 victory against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 22, 2017  |  03:41

#CavsNets On-Court Postgame: LeBron James - November 22, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with FOX Sports Ohio’s Allie Clifton following Wednesday's 119-109 victory against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 22, 2017  |  02:59

#CavsNets Postgame: Jae Crowder - November 22, 2017

Cavaliers forward Jae Crowder spoke with the media following Wednesday's 119-109 victory against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 22, 2017  |  02:04

#CavsNets Postgame: Kevin Love - November 22, 2017

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the media following Wednesday's 119-109 victory against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 22, 2017  |  04:05

#CavsNets Postgame: Coach Lue - November 22, 2017

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Wednesday's 119-109 victory against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 22, 2017  |  04:06

#CavsNets Postgame: Dwyane Wade- November 22, 2017

Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade spoke with the media following Wednesday's 119-109 victory against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 22, 2017  |  03:42

#CavsNets Postgame: Kyle Korver- November 22, 2017

Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver spoke with the media following Wednesday's 119-109 victory against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 22, 2017  |  04:00

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 119, Nets 109

LeBron James scores 33 points and six rebounds as the Cavaliers defeat the Nets 119-109.
Nov 22, 2017  |  01:45

LeBron Goes Off in the Fourth Quarter

LeBron James scores 23 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Wine & Gold past the Nets.
Nov 22, 2017  |  01:18

Featured Highlight: LBJ with the Tough And-One

LeBron James seals the game with the tough bucket, plus the foul.
Nov 22, 2017  |  00:15

KLove Gets Heated Up in the Third

Inside and outside, Kevin Love gets things going in the third quarter for the Wine & Gold.
Nov 22, 2017  |  00:44

Defense Leads to Offense

Jae Crowder's theft leads to a fastbreak layup at the other end for Dwyane Wade in this Goodyear 'More Driven' highlight.
Nov 22, 2017  |  00:15

DWade Dances on the Defense

Dwyane Wade uses the euro-step to dance past the defense for the layup.
Nov 22, 2017  |  00:09

Korver Steal Leads to Osman Layup

Kyle Korver gets the steal and feeds Cedi Osman for the fastbreak finish.
Nov 22, 2017  |  00:10

DWade with the Nifty Finish

Dwyane Wade darts past the Nets defense for the layup.
Nov 22, 2017  |  00:09

Swish with the Pretty Dish

JR Smith gets creative with the 360 dish to Jae Crowder for the triple.
Nov 22, 2017  |  00:20

Highlights: LeBron James

LeBron James scores 33 points and six rebounds along with becoming the 26th player in NBA history to score 1,500 career three-pointers.
Nov 22, 2017  |  01:18

#CavsNets Shootaround: LeBron James - November 22, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Wednesday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Nov 22, 2017  |  07:53