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Brooklyn Nets' Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) defends Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in New York. | AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
Nets overcome LeBron's triple-double, beat Cavs 112-107
Brian Mahoney (Associated Press) - October 26, 2017 - 2:50am

NEW YORK — Spencer Dinwiddie made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 43 seconds left while starting for the injured D'Angelo Russell, and the Brooklyn Nets overcame LeBron James' first triple-double of the season to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-107 on Wednesday night (Thursday Manila time).

James had 29 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in his 56th triple-double, but he missed two free throws — the second intentionally — with the Cavaliers trailing by two with 7.6 seconds remaining. DeMarre Carroll then hit a free throw and the Cavs' long inbounds pass intended for James went out of bounds.

Dinwiddie scored 22 points for the Nets, who blew a 14-point lead in the final quarter but recovered to improve to 3-2 — the same record as the defending Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Allen Crabbe added 19 points apiece and Carroll scored 18 for the Nets, who fell just shy of becoming the first NBA team in 32 years to open a season with five straight 115-point games.

James appeared in his 772nd game with the Cavs, passing former teammate Zydrunas Ilgauskas for most in team history. But it turned into a frustrating night.

He started at point guard for the second straight night with Derrick Rose still nursing a sprained left ankle and Dwyane Wade joining him after bruising his left knee in Tuesday's victory over Chicago.

He ran the offense fine but his long-range shooters couldn't convert enough of his passes. Kevin Love finished 4 for 13 from the floor and J.R. Smith was 1 for 9, missing all five 3-point attempts.

The Nets led by 14 when Quincy Acy made a 3-pointer to open the scoring in the fourth, but James led the Cavs on a 13-0 run that gave them a 94-92 lead on Love's 3-pointer. The teams traded narrow leads from there.

Russell, the Nets' leading scorer, sat out after spraining his right knee in Tuesday's loss at Orlando.

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