LeBron's triple-double leads Cavs to 129-107 rout of Suns

The 69th triple double of James' career

Alex Hooper
March 14, 2018 - 12:38 am

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LeBron James notched his 69th career triple-double and 14th of the season on Tuesday as the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Phoenix Suns, 129-107, at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Phoenix never led in the game.

James posted 28 points on 7-of-14 from the field and 13-of-15 from the free throw line, while grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing 11 assists in 33 minutes. He played just the first two minutes of the fourth quarter in an effort to pick up his final assist, before sitting out the rest of the blowout. The 14 triple-doubles are the most of any season in LeBron's 15-year career.

The Cavaliers moved to 39-28 on the season with the win, but still remain a half-game back of the Indiana Pacers for the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

Cleveland jumped out to a 38-18 lead after the first quarter, and never conceded much ground from there, coasting to their first victory in three games. The Suns shot just 6-of-32 from 3-point range on the night.

The Cavs finish the west-coast portion of their six-game road swing on Thursday against the Portland Trail Blazers before finishing the road trip on Saturday in Chicago.

Prior to the game, head coach Tyronn Lue informed reporters that he was shaking up his starting lineup by sending J.R. Smith to the bench in favor of Kyle Korver.

While neither will be a part of the starting five when Rodney Hood recovers from a lower back issue, the move appeared beneficial for both parties. In the starting role, Korver scored 22 points on 6-of-7 shooting and 5-of-6 from deep over 23 minutes. Smith was 5-for-12 for 14 points in 22 minutes.

Jordan Clarkson led the backup squad in the 4th quarter, finishing with 23 points.

Hamstrung

Cavaliers second-year center Larry Nance was removed from the game in the second half with a hamstring issue, which was only a precautionary measure according to the team.

Nance contributed four points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of action.