The Cavs were ahead 18-10 at the time

  • The Cavs were ahead 18-10 at the time and led just 20-17 2k20 pc buy mt at the end of the quarter.

    “He was messing around,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. “I told him at halftime, ‘You messing around.’ He got a little upset and that’s good. Get hit (in the mouth) again.”

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the Nets (6-11) with 20 points. Joe Harris was one point off his career-high with 18 off the bench, and Allen Crabbe added 15 points.

    “I was proud of our competitive grit,” Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said. “LeBron really took over. There’s no other way to put it.”

    Harris, who shot 7 of 10 from the field with four 3s, was taken in the second round of the 2014 draft by Cleveland, and he was on the team for its first Finals match with the Golden State Warriors in 2015.

    The Cavs traded Harris to Orlando in January 2016, to clear a roster spot. He was waived and signed with the Nets the following summer.

    “The enjoyment would’ve been if we won,” Harris said.

    “I think that it’s always nice coming back to a place where you spent some time. We have a lot of guys in the organization who have spent time here, a lot of good people in the Cavs’ organization. It’s good to come back and see some familiar faces and be able to say hello to people who you otherwise would not see.”

    The Nets led by seven in the third quarter when James left the game. He returned with 4:33 to go in the third, and had scored just eight points at the time.

    His 23-point fourth quarter was two points shy of his personal best 25, from when he scored 61 on March 3, 2014. The Cavs scored 42 in the fourth, one point shy of their season best.

    “He scored 23 in the fourth and we needed every bit buy mt nba 2k20 of it,” Lue said. “When he came back, I thought he did a really good job of getting into the paint, playing downhill.”