NEW YORK (AP) – LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers turned a close game into a clinic, after Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate, took courtside seats to watch them, beating the Brooklyn Nets 110-88 on Monday.
Kevin Love was shooting free throws when the royal couple emerged from into the stands with 7:14 remaining in the third quarter. Perhaps distracted by the loud roar, Love missed the second, leaving the game tied at 61.
But James, putting on a show that few others could, threw some sharp passes to go with his nine points in the period and the Cavs cruised from there to their seventh straight victory.
He finished with 18 points after joining Kyrie Irving and some Nets players in wearing “I Can’t Breathe” shirts during warmups.
Golden State’s Stephen Curry overcame a rare off night from long range to post 21 points and seven assists as Golden State downed the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-86 for their 13th consecutive win. Curry missed six of his seven 3-point attempts, but the top-ranked Warriors’ defence forced the short-handed Timberwolves to shoot 36 percent and turn the ball over 19 times to improve to an NBA-best 18-2. Klay Thompson added 21 points and the Warriors left holding their breath after Andrew Bogut left with a knee injury early in the first quarter.
At Indianapolis, Al Horford scored 25 points and Jeff Teague added 21 as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Indiana Pacers 108-92.
Kyle Korver added 13 points for Atlanta, which has won eight of its last nine games and seven straight.
CJ Miles and Rodney Stuckey each scored 15 points to lead Indiana (7-14). Luis Scola came off the bench to score 12.
The Toronto Raptors beat the Denver Nuggets 112-107 in overtime after Kyle Lowry had 13 points and 13 assists, and Jonas Valanciunas added 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Lou Williams scored 26 points and Amir Johnson had 18 for the Raptors, who trailed by five points with less than three minutes to play but got a game-tying 3-pointer from Patrick Patterson with 28 seconds left.
In other games, John Wall scored 26 points, including the last 10, as the Washington Wizards rallied to beat the Boston Bruins 133-132 in double overtime, the Sacramento Kings defeated the Utah Jazz 101-92 and the Los Angeles Clippers were 121-120 overtime winners over the Phoenix Suns.