CLEVELAND: A day after missing practice due to illness, LeBron James scored 26 points to lead Cleveland over Utah 106-92 on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), giving the Cavaliers their fourth consecutive NBA victory.
Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James was 8-of-16 from the floor and added nine assists and seven rebounds for Cleveland, which lost six games in a row before the current win streak. The first five of those losses while James was sidelined by knee and back injuries.
Kevin Love added 19 points and 13 rebounds while Australian guard Kyrie Irving contributed 18 points after missing shooting drills himself due to illness on a night when every Cavaliers’ starter scored in double figures.
Russian big man Timofey Mozgov added 16 points and 11 rebounds while fellow Cleveland newcomer J.R. Smith netted 15 points in the victory.
The Cavaliers improved to 23-20, four games behind Central division leader Chicago and in fifth-place overall in the Eastern Conference.
Utah stumbled to 14-28 with a fifth loss in six games. Enes Kanter scored 24 points and grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds to lead the Jazz.