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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) throws a pbad in the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings in Quicken Loans Arena. (Photo: David Richard, USA TODAY Sports)

CLEVELAND (AP) – LeBron James drained a triple with 15 seconds left and finished with 32 points when the Cleveland Cavaliers tied the franchise record with their 13th victory consecutive, 101-95 over Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

James, who changed his shoes three times, also had 11 rebounds and nine badists, which helped the Cavs overcome a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to stay undefeated since November 11. -the pointer at the last minute was in the face of JaKarr Sampson, who had bitten James before.

Cleveland also won 13 in a row in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. The Cavs will try for the team record Friday in Indiana.

This was not easy. The Kings gave the Cavs everything they had, but they could not contain James in the clutch.

Zach Randolph had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Buddy Hield added 17 points for the Kings. Sampson had 16 rebounds in his first start this season.

The Cavs lost 78-73 entering the fourth before Kyle Korver, who has been brilliant throughout the season, drained three 3-pointers in the first 1:25 of the series. final period to give Cleveland an 82-79 lead.

The game was tied at 95 when James dropped a tall glbad runner. Moments earlier, he refused to shoot at the edge of Hield.

Then, with the Cavs holding on to their two-point lead and the 24-shot clock about to expire, James hit his fifth triple. James left 12 of 18 from the floor.

Flat and apparently disinterested in the first half, the Cavs found themselves at a disadvantage at halftime.

With their reserves, led by Hield's 12 points, scoring 29, the Kings had a 57 -48 advantage at halftime and were beating the Cavs, who opened the third quarter with two quick turnovers and one technique in the first 40 seconds while they were down by 14.

While Cleveland's winning streak is impressive, James said he won & # 39; I consider something special until the Cavs almost double it.

"Twenty-five," he said when asked where the streak had to go before it became significant. "Because you're getting close to 33 (Lakers 1971-72), that's the all-time record, we're not even close, we're getting close to Miami, we're 27 and we lost to Chicago."

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