James hits game-winner
CLEVELAND — LeBron James has turned in countless clutch performances during his career.
The four-time MVP added another to the list Saturday night.
James made a running hook shot with a second left and scored 26 points, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 90-88 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
"Obviously, I want the ball in my hands down the stretch," he said. "I feel like I can make something happen for not only myself but for our team. I'm happy I was able to come through for us."
After Joe Johnson's three foul shots tied the game with 15.2 seconds left, the Cavaliers called timeout and took the ball at midcourt.
James took the inbounds pass, dribbled to the top of the key before cutting to the right of the lane and hitting a hook shot over Brook Lopez, the Nets' 7-foot center.
"I got to my spot where I wanted to," James said. "I work on those shots. I work on my game a lot. Actually sometimes it's a little easier when you get someone bigger because you have to get it over the top of them and you just float it right over the top of them."
Said Lopez: "LeBron made a great play. I thought we guarded it well, but he made the shot."
James believed it was the first time he hit a game-winner with a hook shot.
"I've made layups, I've made pull-ups, obviously I've made step-back jumpers," he said. "I might go for the sky hook next time."
Asked if that's the play he diagrammed in the huddle, Cavaliers coach David Blatt smiled and said, "Yeah, just the way I drew it up. Yep. Give it to No. 23."
James scored 10 points and added a key steal late in the game to help Cleveland (13-4) remain unbeaten at home in nine games.
Kevin Love also scored 26 points for Cleveland, which played a sluggish first half and didn't take its first lead until midway through the third quarter.
Lopez led Brooklyn (4-12) with 22 points. Johnson added 17 for the Nets, who fell to 1-10 on the road.
WARRIORS 120, KINGS 101: At Oakland, Calif., Stephen Curry scored 17 of his 19 points in the first quarter and Draymond Green had his second straight triple-double as the Golden State Warriors extended their NBA record to 18 straight wins at the start of a season.
Leading by 10 points at halftime, the defending champion Warriors opened the third quarter with a 27-8 run that included four 3-pointers by Brandon Rush to build the lead to 29 points. The Kings never got close the rest of the game.
Green had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists, becoming the first Warriors player with back-to-back triple-doubles since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964. A night earlier, he had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 135-116 win at Phoenix.
Rush had 16 points and Klay Thompson added 15 for the Warriors. Rudy Gay scored 20 points for Sacramento.
RAPTORS 84, WIZARDS 82: At Washington, Cory Joseph made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Toronto past Washington.
Kyle Lowry scored 27 points for the Raptors. Bradley Beal scored 20 points for Washington.
SPURS 108, HAWKS 88: At San Antonio, Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points and San Antonio won its fifth straight, holding the Atlanta to several season lows offensively.
San Antonio matched a season high with nine 3-pointers in winning its 18th consecutive home game against Atlanta and 10th straight overall against the Hawks.
MAVERICKS 92, NUGGETS 81: At Dallas, Deron Williams scored 22 points, Zaza Pachulia added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Dallas beat Denver to snap a three-game losing streak.
Dallas has won five straight at home after losing its first two games of the season at American Airlines Center. Darrell Arthur, who attended Dallas' South Oak Cliff High, scored 16 points for Denver. The Nuggets began a five-game road trip with their sixth straight loss.
JAZZ 101, PELICANS 87: At Salt Lake City, Alec Burks scored 21 points and Utah beat New Orleans.
Gordon Hayward added 17 points, Rodney Hood had 16, and Trevor Booker finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Pelicans center Anthony Davis scored 14 of the Pelicans' 16 first-quarter points and finished with 36. Davis also had 11 rebounds and blocked three shots.