Thursday, September 20, 2018
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James gets quiet off court, loud on it

NEW YORK — LeBron James scored 25, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love also surpassed 20, and the Cavaliers crushed the Knicks 126-94 Wednesday.

James had nothing to say Wednesday morning about Knicks president Phil Jackson and not much more about his decision not to 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 straight win after a three-game skid, and they did it easily in handing the Knicks their worst loss of the season. Irving led Cleveland with 28 points and Love scored 21.

Brandon Jennings scored 16 for the Knicks, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. He started for Derrick Rose, who missed his first game of the season with back pain.

Game Highlights: Kemba Walker scored 14 of his 25 in the fourth as the host Hornets beat the Pistons 87-77. … Avery Bradley scored 23, Jae Crowder had a double double and the visiting Celtics routed the Magic 117-87. … Dwight Howard had 23 points and 17 rebounds as the host Hawks snapped a seven-game skid with a 103-95 win over the Heat. … Eric Gordon made a career-high eight 3s en route to 26 points to help the host Rockets rip the Lakers 134-95. … Giannis Antetokounmpo got a triple double to lead the host Bucks over the Trail Blazers 115-107.

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