CLEVELAND – LeBron James scored 34 points, including seven in the final 1:22, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-111 on Saturday night for their 11th straight victory.
Memphis has lost 11 in a row, including three since David Fizdale was fired Monday and replaced by interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff.
The Grizzlies trailed 91-72 late in the third quarter, but rallied all the way to a tie at 109 on Dillon Brooks' 3-pointer with 2:10 remaining. James' basket in the lane gave Cleveland the lead.
After Tyreke Evans missed a 3-pointer, James drove the lane, scored and converted the three-point play after being fouled by Brooks with 34 seconds left.
Brooks made two free throws, but James dribbled for several seconds on Cleveland's next possession and hit a jumper from the top of the key for a five-point lead with 5 seconds to go.
Evans had 31 points and 12 assists for Memphis. Marc Gasol scored 27 and passed 10,000 career points.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says the team's communication with embattled point guard Derrick Rose has been positive.
Rose is away from the team because of a personal matter. He also has been sidelined by a sprained left ankle.
Lue declined to provide any further details on Cleveland's dialogue with Rose. The team is expected to provide another update today.
76ERS 108, PISTONS 103: In Philadelphia, Joel Embiid had 25 points and 10 rebounds and got the better of Andre Drummond down the stretch in a matchup of trash-talking big men to help Philadelphia beat Detroit.
Embiid drew the fifth and sixth fouls on Drummond and drew cheers as he waved goodbye to his fouled-out rival in between hitting four free throws to put Philadelphia ahead 100-95 with 2:35 left.
Robert Covington added 25 points, and Dario Saric had 17 points and hit a 3-pointer with 1:40 left to put the Sixers ahead 103-95 in a game where the centers were the story.
Embiid and Drummond have been trading insults since the Sixers won in Detroit on Oct. 23. Drummond's dunk with 10:04 left gave Detroit its first lead since the first quarter. He added a tip-in and two free throws before Embiid got the upper hand.
Drummond had 14 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals. Tobias Harris scored 27 points, and Reggie Jackson had 25 points for the Pistons.
Embiid had 30 points and nine rebounds in a 97-86 victory in Detroit to end the Sixers' 0-3 start. Embiid bragged that he dominated Drummond despite the Detroit center's trash talk and said Drummond “doesn't play defense.”
Drummond responded with the tweet, “See you Dec. 2nd.”