Cleveland Cavaliers get 10th straight win over New York Knicks


LeBron James notched his sixth triple-double this season, with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists, and Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 23 points as the Cavs beat the New York Knicks for the 10th straight time, 119-104 Thursday in the first game back from the All-Star break for both squads. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

CLEVELAND — Like so many other games against the New York Knicks, this one “got too easy” for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

That’s what Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said after his team beat the New York Knicks for the 10th straight time, 119-104 Thursday in the first game back from the All-Star break for both squads.

LeBron James notched his sixth triple-double this season, with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists, and Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 23 points.

But Lue needed James for 37 minutes because the Cavs momentarily allowed the Knicks turn a blowout into a close game with a sloppy third quarter. And for a team trying to rest its stars ahead of what looks to be a long playoff run ahead, this was a wasted opportunity.

“We got up and then it got too easy for us and we started messing around,” Lue said. “These are the games, third quarter you put a team away, we get our rest. Instead you’ve got to come out and now guys gotta play more minutes because we’re not approaching and taking the game serious once we get up and get easy leads. Little disappointed about that, but it was a good win for us after the break.”

Kyle Korver scored 20 points off the bench for the Cavs and connected on six 3-pointers. Tristan Thompson contributed his fourth consecutive double-double for the Cavs with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Channing Frye added 14 points for Cleveland…