Players wear “I Can’t Breathe” shirts before Nets-Cavs game
NEW YORK (AP) — The Prince watched the King in Brooklyn on Monday night.
Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate, sat courtside in the second half while LeBron James completed his 18-point, seven-assist performance in Cleveland’s 110-88 win over the Nets. James registered half his points while the Cavs outscored the Nets 35-18 in the third quarter.
Dion Waiters had a team-high 26 points and Kevin Love added 19 in the Cavaliers’ seventh consecutive win.
William and Kate took their seats midway through the third period after meeting with NBA commissioner Adam Silver. James’ game picked up once the royal couple moved to the front row.
There was news coming out of pregame warmups as well. James, Kyrie Irving and four Nets players wore “I Can’t Breathe” shirts as they warmed up. Players wore the shirts in support of the family of Eric Garner, who died July 17 after a police officer placed him in a chokehold.
In Monday’s other NBA action:
— Golden State is a league-best 18-2 after stretching its team-record winning streak to 13 games. Stephen Curry missed six of his seven 3-point attempts but still finished with 21 points and seven assists in the Warriors’ 102-86 win at Minnesota. Klay Thompson also scored 21 points and helped the Warriors hold the Timberwolves to 36 percent shooting.
— Blake Griffin capped his 45-point outburst by hitting a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Los Angeles Clippers their eighth consecutive win, 121-120 over Phoenix. Chris Paul contributed 20 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds to the win.
— Lou Williams poured in 26 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 18 and 12 rebounds to lead Toronto past Denver 112-107 in overtime. Kyle Lowry had 13 points and 13 assists for the Raptors, who trailed by five points in OT but got a tying 3-pointer from Patrick Patterson with 28 seconds left.
— Atlanta ran its winning streak to seven games as Al Horford scored 25 points and Jeff Teague added 21 in the Hawks’ 108-92 victory at Indianapolis. Kyle Korver had 13 points for the Southeast Division co-leaders.
— Washington still owns a share of the Southeast Division lead after John Wall scored the Wizards’ final 10 points, including a go-ahead 3-point play in the final minute of a 133-132 double-overtime win against Boston. Wall finished with 26 points, 17 assists and seven rebounds, while Paul Pierce added a team-high 28 points against his former club.
— Utah was a 101-92 winner over Utah behind Rudy Gay’s 29 points. Darren Collison delivered 16 points and rookie Nik Stauskas set season highs with 15 points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes off the bench.