James, Irving help Cavs break losing streak, beat Nets. Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets NBA replay full games – January 27, 2017 LeBron James thinks a rocky January can help the Cleveland Cavaliers in the long run.
“The road to a championship or the road to success shouldn’t be a bed of roses,” he said after scoring 31 points Friday night in a 124-116 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. “It’s never been my road. I shouldn’t expect anything different. So having bumps in the road, I think it builds character.”
Kyrie Irving added 28 points and the Cavaliers ended a turbulent week with a much-needed victory. The NBA champions had lost three straight and six of eight while James questioned whether the organization was fully committed to winning a second title.
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The Cavaliers took advantage of a timely visit from the NBA’s worst team. Irving scored 20 points, and James added 10 in the third quarter when Cleveland built an 86-62 lead.
Kevin Love, named to the All-Star team Thursday, had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Sean Kilpatrick led Brooklyn with 18 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic had 17.