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Sport: LeBron, Cavaliers hold off Suns 120-116

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Jan 8, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss (0) loses control of the ball while trying to dunk against Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard DeAndre Liggins (14) during the first half at Talking Stick Resort Arena. © Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports Jan 8, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss (0) loses control of the ball while trying to dunk against Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard DeAndre Liggins (14) during the first half at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

PHOENIX (AP) -- LeBron James scored 12 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and the Cleveland Cavaliers fought off Phoenix down the stretch to beat the Suns 120-116 on Sunday night.

Kyrie Irving added 27 points and Kevin Love 25 for the Cavaliers. They led by as many as 22 in the first half and 20 early in the third quarter.

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BOX SCORE:  CAVALIERS 120, SUNS 116

The Suns tied it late in the third and got within one in the fourth but never took the lead.

Eric Bledsoe scored 31 points and Devin Booker had 28 for the Suns.

James sank consecutive 3-pointers, his only 3s of the game, to give Cleveland a 115-109 lead with 2:46 to play and scored on a driving layup with 44 seconds left to make it 120-114.

The young Suns got their running game going to outscore Cleveland 25-7 and Tyson Chandler's inside basket cut the Cav' lead to 84-82 with 3:31 left in the third quarter.

Phoenix tied it twice before the quarter ended, the last at 90 when Booker banked in an 8-footer with 11.2 seconds left, but Irving sank a 3 at the buzzer and Cleveland led entering the fourth 93-90.

The Sun got within one three times early in the final quarter, the last at 98-97 on Booker's left-handed drive with 9:37 left. After Phoenix rookie Dragan Bender missed a 3, Irving sank one, then added an acrobatic driving layup to put the Cavaliers up 104-98 with 7:38 left.

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The Suns still were down only 109-107 after Marquese Chriss made one of two free throws with 4:28 to play but James sank his first three to boost it to 112-107. Bledsoe's layup cut it to 112-109, and James sank his second 3 to make it a six-point game. Phoenix never got closer than four after that.

NOT YET

Kyle Korver, acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, joined his new Cleveland teammates Sunday afternoon but couldn't play because physicals and paperwork still had to be completed to finalize the deal that sent Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams a protected first-round pick and cash considerations to the Hawks.

Korver could make his Cleveland debut Tuesday night at Utah.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: James became the 14th player in NBA history to reach 10,000 career field goals. ... Cleveland scored 21 points off 11 Phoenix turnovers in the first half.

Suns: The 69 points matched the most allowed by Phoenix in the first half this season. ... Phoenix had won two in a row. The Suns have not won three in a row all season. ... Phoenix is 8-5 against the Eastern Conference. ... Olympic swim champion Michael Phelps sat next to Suns owner Robert Sarver at courtside.

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UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Cleveland makes the third stop on its six-game road trip when they face the Jazz on Tuesday.

Suns: The Suns don't play again until Thursday night when they face Dallas in Mexico City.

PHOTOS:  2016-17 NBA SEASON

Cavs, Warriors face 1 foe they care about .
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