Associated Press Cavaliers' forward LeBron James drives against Kings' guard Buddy Hield during Wednesday's game in Cleveland. In leading the Cavs to their 13th straight win, James finished with 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
Thursday, December 07, 2017 1:00 am
Cavs' streak at 13 after James calls own play
CLEVELAND – The play is called “Chicago,” named after a game-winning shot LeBron James made in the playoffs to beat the Bulls.
It worked like a charm again in Cleveland.
James drained a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left and finished with 32 points as the Cavaliers tied a franchise record with their 13th straight win, 101-95 over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
James also had 11 rebounds and nine assists, helping the Cavs rally from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to remain unbeaten since Nov. 11. His decisive 3-pointer in the final minute over JaKarr Sampson came after James went to the bench during a timeout and told coach Tyronn Lue to run a play for him.
“Was going to run a different play and then Bron said, 'I want Chicago.' So I said, 'OK,'” Lue said. “We got it to him and he made a big shot.”
After catching the inbounds pass, James took a dribble to his left and then stepped behind the line and knocked down his fifth 3-pointer.
“It felt good,” said James, who finished 12 of 18 from the floor. “I was able to get the laces where I wanted them and I got enough space, I created enough space with the step-back away from JaKarr and I was able to let it go. It felt good the whole time.”
Cleveland, which also won 13 straight in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, will try to break the team record Friday at Indiana.
As the Cavaliers continue to rack up wins, they may soon be joined by offseason acquisition Isaiah Thomas.
The All-Star point guard played 4-on-4 on Wednesday, a significant step in his recovery from a hip injury.
Thomas scrimmaged along with injured forward Tristan Thompson, rookies Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic, and members of the coaching staff.
With Lue and members of the team's front office watching, Thomas moved freely and didn't appear to have any restrictions during the half-court workout.
BUCKS 104, PISTONS 100: In Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and nine rebounds to life the Bucks. Khris Middleton had 21 points, including four free throws in the final 20 seconds to help the Bucks win for the fourth time in five games. Eric Bledsoe added 22 points. Detroit lost its fourth straight. Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 27 points and 20 rebounds.