James reaches mile­stone, takes a tum­ble as Cavs beat Six­ers

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CLEVE­LAND: LeBron James scored a sea­son­high 31 points, in­clud­ing his 9,000th ca­reer field goal, and the Cleve­land Cava­liers recorded their fifth straight vic­tory, 108-102 over the win­less Philadel­phia 76ers on Fri­day night. James re­mained in the game af­ter tak­ing a hard fall driv­ing to the bas­ket early in the fourth quar­ter. He was on the court for a cou­ple of mo­ments and limped to the bench af­ter be­ing checked by a trainer. James was pulled with 2:31 re­main­ing and Cleve­land (5-1) lead­ing 104-90. James, who scored 18 points in the third quar­ter, reached his lat­est mile­stone with a dunk late in the sec­ond quar­ter to be­come the 20th player in NBA his­tory - and fifth ac­tive - to record 9,000 field goals.Ner­lens Noel and Jahlil Okafor scored 18 points each for Philadel­phia (0-5).

WAR­RIORS 119, NUGGETS 104

Stephen Curry had 34 points and 10 as­sists and de­fend­ing cham­pion Golden State re­mained un­beaten. Harrison Barnes scored 21 points for Golden State and Fes­tus Ezeli had a ca­reer-high 16 points to go with seven re­bounds and two blocked shots. At 6-0, Golden State is off to the fran­chise’s best start in its West Coast era dat­ing to 1962-63. The War­riors are three vic­to­ries from ty­ing the Philadel­phia team’s 9-0 start in 1960-61. Klay Thomp­son added 18 points, six re­bounds and five as­sists and Dray­mond Green added 12 points, nine re­bounds and eight as­sists as Golden State ex­tended its fran­chise-record home un­beaten streak to 22 games. Danilo Gal­li­nari had 25 points for Den­ver, which lost its third straight at Golden State and sixth in nine games over­all.

ROCK­ETS 116, KINGS 110

James Har­den broke out of his early sea­son shoot­ing slump and scored 22 of his sea­son­high 43 points in the sec­ond half to lead Hous­ton. Har­den went into the game shoot­ing just 29.4 per­cent from the field but he made 10 of his first 15 shots and fin­ished with a sea­son­high 13 as­sists. He fin­ished 13-of-23 shoot­ing and Hous­ton won its third con­sec­u­tive game. Trevor Ariza had 18 points, in­clud­ing two 3point­ers in the fourth quar­ter to help Hous­ton hold off a late run by Sacra­mento. Clint Capela added 13 points and 12 re­bounds and former King Mar­cus Thorn­ton scored 16 points. Omri Casspi had 22 points for Sacra­mento.

LAK­ERS 104, NETS 98

Kobe Bryant scored 18 points, his high­est per­for­mance since open­ing night, and Los An­ge­les beat win­less Brook­lyn for its first vic­tory of the sea­son. Rookie D’An­gelo Rus­sell and Jor­dan Clark­son each scored 16 points for the Lak­ers (1-4), while the Nets dropped to 0-6. The Lak­ers’ 11-point lead was down to three in the fi­nal half-minute but they forced a 5-sec­ond vi­o­la­tion on an in­bounds pass. Bryant then made four straight free throws for a 102-95 lead while re­ceiv­ing loud cheers, as he did all night. Brook Lopez had 23 points and 10 re­bounds for the Nets, while Joe John­son scored 22 points.

HAWKS 121, PEL­I­CANS 115

Kyle Korver scored 22 points, hit­ting all four of his 3-point shots, and At­lanta won its sixth straight over win­less New Or­leans. An­thony Davis tied a ca­reer high with 43 points, but in­jury-dec­i­mated New Or­leans dropped to 0-5 un­der new coach Alvin Gen­try. Paul Mill­sap also scored 22 points and grabbed 12 re­bounds for At­lanta, which had six play­ers score in dou­ble fig­ures, shot 53.2 per­cent and led by dou­ble dig­its for much of the game. The Hawks fended off a fu­ri­ous come­back at­tempted in the fourth quar­ter, when New Or­leans briefly tied it. Eric Gor­don scored 22 and Ish Smith had a ca­reer­high 11 as­sists for New Or­leans.

MAGIC 92, RAPTORS 87

Tobias Har­ris had 20 points, in­clud­ing what turned out to be the de­ci­sive free throw, and Or­lando handed Toronto its first loss of the sea­son. Vic­tor Oladipo added 18 points, and re­serve C.J. Wat­son had 12 as the Magic snapped an 11-game los­ing streak to the Raptors. Trail­ing 88-86 af­ter Har­ris’ free throw, Toronto had a chance to take the lead but Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas was forced to put up an awk­ward run­ner that rolled off the rim, and was re­bounded by Or­lando. The loss ended what had been a fran­chise-best 5-0 start for Toronto. De­Mar DeRozan led the Raptors with 23 points and Kyle Lowry added 17.

PAC­ERS 90, HEAT 87

Paul Ge­orge scored 36 points and grabbed 12 re­bounds to lead In­di­ana to a vic­tory over Mi­ami. Ge­orge, who missed al­most all last sea­son when he broke his right leg in a Team USA scrim­mage, put the fin­ish­ing touches on his best per­for­mance of the early sea­son by ic­ing the game at the free throw line with 4.1 sec­onds left. Chris Bosh led the Heat with 21 points and 11 re­bounds. In scor­ing 14 first-half points, Bosh helped the Heat build a 13-point lead. But a bal­anced ef­fort by Ge­orge and the bench al­lowed In­di­ana to creep back to tie the game at 49 at half­time. Jus­tice Winslow fin­ished with 13 points and eight re­bounds while Go­ran Dragic added 11 points for the Heat, who were play­ing the sec­ond night of a back-to-back.

CELTICS 118, WIZ­ARDS 98

Jared Sullinger scored 21 points, Isa­iah Thomas added 16 points and eight as­sists and Bos­ton ended a three-game los­ing streak by beat­ing Wash­ing­ton. Jae Crow­der had 12 points and 10 re­bounds, Kelly Olynyk added 19 points and Evan Turner scored 16 as the Celtics won for the first time since open­ing night with a dom­i­nant per­for­mance at home. Bradley Beal led Wash­ing­ton with 24 points. John Wall, who fell into foul trou­ble early, fin­ished with 13 points and eight as­sists.

BUCKS 99, KNICKS 92

John Hensen scored 22 points and Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had 20 to lift Mil­wau­kee to a win over New York. Carmelo An­thony led the Knicks with 17 points. Der­rick Wil­liams had 15 and Kristaps Porzingis added 14 points and 13 re­bounds. The Bucks never trailed, open­ing a game-high 14-point lead, 44-30, on Jer­ryd Bay­less’s 3-pointer with 7:35 left in the sec­ond quar­ter. With the score tied at 81 in the fourth quar­ter, Mil­wau­kee scored the next seven points and went ahead 95-86 on Khris Middleton’s 3pointer with 1:57 left. The Knicks pulled within 95-90, but Middleton hit two free throws with 19 sec­onds left and New York never got closer.

PIS­TONS 100, SUNS 92

Mar­cus Mor­ris, who said he was look­ing to “dis­re­spect” his former team in Phoenix and was booed ev­ery time he touched the ball early in the game, scored 20 points to help Detroit open a six-game road trip. Mor­ris’ twin brother Marki­eff had 18 points for the Suns. Reg­gie Jack­son scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quar­ter for Detroit and Ken­tavi­ous Cald­wellPope added 18. Eric Bled­soe and Bran­don Knight scored 22 points apiece for the Suns, who trailed through­out af­ter the game’s early mo­ments. An­dre Drum­mond had 12 points and 16 re­bounds for the Pis­tons but was 2 of 13 from the free throw line. The vic­tory put Detroit at 4-1 for the first time since 2008. — AP Toronto NY Knicks Philadel­phia Brook­lyn

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