Associated Press Cleveland forward LeBron James dunks for two of his 57 points Friday night. James' point total was the second-highest of his career and an NBA-best this season. He scored a career-high 61 for Miami in March 2014.
Saturday, November 04, 2017 1:00 am
James scores 57; Cavs end skid
WASHINGTON – Just in case there were any questions about Eastern Conference supremacy, LeBron James poured in 57 points – the second-highest total of his career and an NBA-best this season – to help the Cleveland Cavaliers end a four-game losing skid in beating the Washington Wizards 130-122 Friday night.
James hadn't scored this much since getting a career-high 61 for the Miami Heat on March 3, 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.
James didn't need much help, but teammates Derrick Rose (20 points) and Jae Crowder (17) each managed to top their season highs before the third quarter was done.
Cleveland finally looked like a team that has been to the NBA Finals three consecutive years, not the club that had lost its four preceding games by a total of 64 points.
Beal scored 36 points, but Wall was not at his peak. He handed out 15 assists, but he scored only 13 points, shooting 4 for 13, and was even surprisingly bad on free-throw attempts, going 5 for 12.
Wall took a tumble in the second half and, while he stayed in the game, he was going to have his left shoulder X-rayed to check for damage.
76ERS 121, PACERS 110: In Philadelphia, J.J. Redick scored 31 points, Ben Simmons had a triple-double and Philadelphia moved above .500 for the first time in nearly four years.
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.
The Sixers (5-4) hadn't had a winning record since they were also 5-4 on Nov. 13, 2013, but their painful rebuild appears near an end as they won their fourth straight game.
Victor Oladipo had 31 points for Indiana, which had won three in a row.
PISTONS 105, BUCKS 96: In Detroit, Andre Drummond scored 14 of his 24 points in the third quarter, powering 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 and 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.
BULLS 105, MAGIC 83: In Orlando, Florida, Justin Holiday scored 19 points, Robin Lopez had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Chicago earned its 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.