Le­Bron leads Cavs past Magic, joins Robertson on elite list

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CLEVE­LAND: Le­Bron James joined Os­car Robertson on an ex­clu­sive NBA list and Kevin Love scored a sea­son-high 34 points as the Cleve­land Cavaliers re­mained un­beaten at home with a 117-103 win over the Or­lando Magic on Mon­day. James had 15 points and 13 as­sists and joined Robertson, the leg­endary “Big O,” as the only play­ers in league history to rank in the top 25 in ca­reer points and as­sists. With his fifth as­sist, James moved past Norm Nixon (6,386) into 25th place and moved along­side Robertson, who fin­ished his Hall of Fame ca­reer with 26,710 points and 9,887 as­sists. James will soon eclipse Robertson’s scor­ing to­tal and the un­selfish su­per­star is a good bet to pass the guard on the as­sist list as well. Love scored 27 in the first half for the Cavs, now 8-0 at home and an East­ern Con­fer­ence-lead­ing 11-3. An­drew Ni­chol­son scored 18 and Evan Fournier had 13 points for the Magic. Or­lando has dropped 11 straight to Cleve­land.


Ok­la­homa City star Kevin Du­rant had 27 points and six re­bounds in his re­turn from a ham­string in­jury. Du­rant was 10 for 13 from the field in his first game since he got hurt Nov. 10 at Wash­ing­ton. Rus­sell West­brook nar­rowly missed his third triple-dou­ble of the sea­son with 20 points, seven re­bounds and nine as­sists. The Thun­der ran away with the game in the sec­ond quar­ter, outscor­ing the Jazz 40-26 and shoot­ing 14 for 19 from the field. Gor­don Hay­ward led the Jazz with 19 points. Der­rick Fa­vors had 11 points, seven re­bounds and two blocks, and Rudy Gobert fin­ished with 10 points.


Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each scored 16 points as Miami ended New York’s four-game win­ning streak. Go­ran Dragic had 13 points and nine as­sists for the Heat, who went on a 36-8 run in the first half. Tyler John­son scored 12, and Has­san White­side had 11 points and 11 re­bounds. Miami would even­tu­ally lead by as many as 26, both its big­gest ad­van­tage and the Knicks’ big­gest deficit so far this sea­son. The Knicks hadn’t even trailed by dou­ble fig­ures in any of their last eight games. Carmelo An­thony scored 21 points for New York, which has lost 13 of its last 16 games in Miami. Rookie Kristaps Porzingis had 20 points and 14 re­bounds.


An­drew Wig­gins scored 17 of his 32 points in the fourth quar­ter to help Min­nesota keep Philadel­phia win­less on the sea­son. Kevin Gar­nett had eight points and 10 re­bounds and the Timberwolves (6-8) won at home for the first time in seven games this sea­son. They dropped Philadel­phia to 0-15 and avoided an­other em­bar­rass­ing home loss to the Six­ers, who snapped an 0-17 start to last sea­son with a win at Tar­get Cen­ter. Jahlil Okafor had 25 points, 12 re­bounds and two blocks for Philadel­phia and thor­oughly out­played No. 1 over­all pick Kar­lAn­thony Towns, who played just 19 min­utes be­cause of foul trou­ble. The Six­ers led by 13 in the first half and by five with 2:30 to play but once again couldn’t hold on.


Greg Mon­roe had 20 points and 13 re­bounds in his first game against his for­mer team, lead­ing the Bucks to the vic­tory. Mil­wau­kee had seven play­ers score in dou­ble fig­ures, in­clud­ing each of its starters. Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had 17 points, and Khris Mid­dle­ton scored 16. The Bucks had lost three straight and five of six. An­dre Drum­mond had 15 points and 15 re­bounds for Detroit, but ap­peared to hurt him­self late in the sec­ond quar­ter. He walked slowly up the court hold­ing his left side af­ter try­ing to de­fend Mon­roe. Coach Stan Van Gundy said af­ter that game that Drum­mond was fine. Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope scored 17 points for the Pis­tons, who have dropped six of eight.


Kemba Walker scored 39 points as Char­lotte bat­tled back from 22 points down in the sec­ond half to beat Sacra­mento in over­time. Ni­co­las Ba­tum had 18 points, 10 re­bounds and eight as­sists for the Hor­nets, who have won four of their last five games. Jeremy Lin had seven of his 14 points in over­time. It was the sec­ond-largest come­back in fran­chise history. DeMar­cus Cousins had 30 points and 11 re­bounds for Sacra­mento, and Rudy Gay had 28 points and 10 boards. Ra­jon Rondo had 14 points and 20 as­sists.


Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and 13 re­bounds as the Spurs shut down the Suns. Phoenix was av­er­ag­ing 106.5 points, but was held to sea­son low for points and com­mit­ted a sea­son-high 28 turnovers. Tony Parker had 20 points and eight as­sists for San An­to­nio, which is off to an 11-3 start. Marki­eff Mor­ris had 28 points and Bran­don Knight scored 18 for Phoenix. — AP

CLEVE­LAND: Cleve­land Cavaliers’ Richard Jef­fer­son (24) shoots around Or­lando Magic’s Aaron Gor­don (00) and Ja­son Smith in the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game Mon­day, in Cleve­land. —AP

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