LeBron James scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love also surpassed 20, and the Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the New York Knicks, 126-94, on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
James had nothing to say Wednesday morning about Knicks President Phil Jackson and not much more about his decision to not stay with the team in a Donald Trump-branded hotel, but he and the Cavs made a loud statement at Madison Square Garden.
It was their second consecutive win after a three-game skid, and they handed the Knicks their worst loss of the season. Irving led Cleveland with 28 points, and Love scored 21, 16 in the first quarter.
Brandon Jennings scored 16 points for the Knicks. He started for Derrick Rose, who missed his first game of the season with lower back pain.
It was the first meeting since James was angered when Jackson referred to his friends and business partners as a "posse" last month in an ESPN interview. James refused to answer questions at the Cavs' shootaround about Jackson, who watched the game from his usual seat a few rows back of center court.
New York had its four-game winning streak snapped and lost for just the third time in 10 games.
at Milwaukee 115, Trail Blazers 107: Giannis Antetokounmpo had his second triple-double of the season to lead the Bucks to the victory. Antetokounmpo finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his seventh career triple-double — second-most in franchise history — and is the only NBA player averaging at least 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals this season. Jabari Parker added 27 points for Milwaukee. Damian Lillard had 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Portland.
at Atlanta 103, Miami 95: Dwight Howard had 23 points and 17 rebounds, Paul Millsap added 21 points and the Hawks snapped a seven-game losing streak. The Hawks had lost 10 of 11 and had gone 14 days without a victory. Tyler Johnson scored a career-high 27 points for Miami, and Goran Dragic added 21. The Heat have lost three straight.
at Charlotte 87, Detroit 77: Kemba Walker scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and Nic Batum had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Hornets, who won for the third time in four games despite being held to 38 points in the first half on 27% shooting. Marvin Williams returned to Charlotte's starting lineup after missing the last six games because of a hyperextended knee. He had 12 points and five rebounds. Andre Drummond had 26 points and 20 rebounds for the Pistons.
at Brooklyn 116, Denver 111: Brook Lopez scored 24 points, Sean Kilpatrick had 22 and the Nets held off the Nuggets. Brooklyn led by as many as 29 points midway through the third quarter, but Denver closed to 103-99 on Kenneth Faried's layup with 4:31 left. Bojan Bogdanovic and Kilpatrick each made two foul shots in the final 13 seconds to help secure the win for the Nets. Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets with 27 points and 15 rebounds.
Boston 117, at Orlando 87: Avery Bradley scored 23 points to help Boston rout Orlando. Terry Rozier added 16 points, Jae Crowder had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Amir Johnson, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each had 13 points. D.J. Augustin scored 15 points for Orlando.
Sacramento 120, at Dallas 89: DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Sacramento snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over last-place Dallas. Rudy Gay added 19 for the Kings. Deron Williams led Dallas with 20 points.