James scores 57 as Cavs beat Wizards
WASHINGTON (AP) — LeBron James scored 57 points — the second-highest total of his career and an NBA-best this season — as the Cleveland Cavaliers stopped a four-game slide with a 130-122 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday.
James hadn’t scored this much since getting a career-high 61 for the Miami Heat in 2014 against the Charlotte Hornets.
And the four-time league MVP did it efficiently Friday, making 23 of 34 field-goal tries and all nine free throws, while adding 11 rebounds and seven assists. James did it with style, too. He hurdled over a seated Bradley Beal while dribbling, swatted a shot by John Wall off the backboard, and looked for a camera to wag both index fingers in the midst of a three-point play.
Beal had 36 points for Washington and Wall finished with 13 points and 15 assists. But Wall was 4 for 13 from the field and 5 for 12 at the line.
76ERS 121, PACERS 110
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Australian rookie Ben Simmons had a triple-double and J.J. Redick scored 31 points as Philadelphia moved above .500 for the first time in nearly four years.
Simmons had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his second triple-double in a rookie season delayed a year because of injury. The Sixers (5-4) hadn’t had a winning record since they were also 5-4 in 2013, but their painful rebuild appears near an end as they won their fourth straight game.
Redick was 8 of 12 from 3-point range, including the go-ahead shot with 2:06 left, another 3 to barely beat the shot clock with 1:08 remaining and a third from the left corner to make it 119-110 with 46 seconds left.
Victor Oladipo had 31 points for Indiana, which had won three in a row.
KNICKS 120, SUNS 107
NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis scored 37 points as Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek got his first victory over his former team.
Porzingis fell just shy of the career-best 38 points he scored Monday against Denver, getting his final points with a highlight-reel, end-to-end possession with just under 5 minutes remaining. He raced back in transition for an emphatic block on rookie Josh Jackson, and then got the ball back in transition for a powerful dunk while being fouled.
Devin Booker scored 34 points for the Suns, who had won four of five.
ROCKETS 119, HAWKS 104
ATLANTA (AP) — James Harden scored 21 of his 29 points in Houston’s high-scoring first half as the Rockets handed the Hawks their eighth straight loss.
Eric Gordon and Luc Mbah a Moute each scored 20 points for Houston, while Kent Bazemore scored 18 points for the Hawks (1-8), who have not won since their season-opening victory at Dallas.
Houston led 69-51 at halftime with its highest-scoring half of the season. The Rockets went 11 for 22 from 3-point range in the first half and 16 for 47 from beyond the arc for the game.
PISTONS 105, BUCKS 96
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond scored 14 of his 24 points in the third quarter to power Detroit to the win.
Drummond, who has shot under 40 percent from the free-throw line in his career, went 10 of 12 in the third, drawing a roar of approval from fans. He went 14 for 16 on the night, the most he’s ever made in his career, and is shooting 78 percent from the line this season.
Avery Bradley scored 19 of his 23 points in the first half for the Pistons, who went on a 21-5 run late in the second quarter and led 59-48 at halftime.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points for Milwaukee.
BULLS 105, MAGIC 83
ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Justin Holiday scored 19 points while Robin Lopez had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Bulls earned their first road win of the season.
Chicago had seven players score in double figures. David Nwaba had 16 points and rookie Lauri Markkanen made three 3-pointers on his way to 13 points.
Evan Fournier led Orlando with 21 points and Nikola Vucevic had 14 points. Aaron Gordon added 11 points and seven rebounds.