Cavaliers' James gets triple-double
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — LeBron James was shaky early and spectacular late.
James had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists for his fourth triple-double of the season, lifting the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 113-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons last night.
"Every point, rebound and assist was needed," Cavs coach Mike Brown said.
The final score was relatively lopsided, but the game wasn't. There were 10 lead changes and 21 ties, the last one with 4:44 left.
The Cavs closed the game by outscoring Detroit 19-7, thanks in large part to James.
James missed 10 of 15 shots over the first three quarters and was 5 for 7 in the final one as he added four assists and three rebounds to his total for his 28th career triple-double.
"In the fourth quarter, we made our mark," he said. "That's closeout time for me."
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