Cavaliers 116, Kings 112
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Phil Hubbard scored 22 points and World B. Free added 18 as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to defeat the Kansas City Kings 116-112 in a National Basketball Association contest Tuesday night.
After posting a 97-89 lead after three quarters, the Kings scored only 15 points in the final period and weren’t able to make a field goal in the last five minutes.
Cleveland outscored Kansas City 12-3 to overtake the Kings 101-100 with 7:14 remaining. Hubbard’s basket at the 1:29 mark created a 112-112 tie, but the Cavaliers converted two ill-timed turnovers by the Kings into baskets by Roy Hinson and John Bagley to seal the victory.
The halftime score was tied 65-65. With 6:01 remaining in the third quarter, the Kings led 81-79 before two baskets by LaSalle Thompson and a bucket by Larry Drew helped a 16-10 scoring spurt end the quarter.
The Kansas City bench contributed only 15 points in the game while Cleveland’s bench came up with 36. The Kings also shot a miserable 26.7 percent from the field in the fourth quarter.
Paul Thompson had 16 points and rookie center Mel Turpin added 15 for Cleveland.
Eddie Johnson’s game-high 30 points and Reggie Theus’ 22 led Kansas City, which lost its fifth straight.