LeBron be­comes NBA’s No 10 ca­reer scorer, Cavs edge 76ers

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PHILADEL­PHIA: LeBron James scored 25 points, mov­ing into 10th place on the NBA’s ca­reer list, and added 14 as­sists and eight re­bounds as the un­beaten Cleve­land Cava­liers held off the win­less Philadel­phia 76ers 102-101 on Satur­day night. Kevin Love added 20 points and 11 re­bounds for the reign­ing cham­pion Cava­liers, who im­proved to 6-0. Joel Em­biid scored 22 points, mak­ing all four of his 3-point at­tempts, but the 76ers dropped to 0-5. James passed Hall of Famer Ha­keem Ola­ju­won by con­vert­ing a fast-break layup mid­way through the first quar­ter. Ola­ju­won fin­ished his ca­reer with 26,946 points. James fin­ished the game on 26,970. James’ first at­tempt at pass­ing the record was an em­phatic, high­light-reel block by Em­biid about 3 1/2 min­utes into the con­test. Af­ter two more misses, James quickly raced up the court for an easy layup. He is No. 12 in scor­ing on the com­bined ABA/NBA list.


Blake Grif­fin scored a sea­son-high 28 points as the Clip­pers handed San An­to­nio a sec­ond straight home loss. The Spurs have dropped two straight at the AT&T Cen­ter af­ter los­ing just two reg­u­lar-sea­son home games in the pre­vi­ous 600 days, in­clud­ing a 40-1 mark last sea­son. The Clip­pers shot 50 per­cent from the field while dom­i­nat­ing this bat­tle be­tween one-loss teams. Ja­mal Crawford fin­ished with 16 points, J.J. Redick had 14 and Chris Paul had nine points and 10 as­sists. LaMar­cus Aldridge had 19 points and Kawhi Leonard added 14 for the Spurs, but the duo shot a com­bined 10 for 26 on the sec­ond night of a back-to-back.


Dwight Howard had 20 points and 14 re­bounds in his first game against his for­mer team­mates while Paul Mill­sap scored 23 as At­lanta beat Hous­ton. The Hawks’ scor­ing was un­usu­ally top-heavy. Kent Baze­more shook out of his early sea­son scor­ing slump with 20 points. James Harden scored 30 points and con­tin­ued his hot start to the sea­son by mak­ing 10 of 19 shots. He had 12 as­sists and nine re­bounds. Most of Harden’s scor­ing came in the first half, when he had 24 points and all of his four 3-point­ers in the game. Harden has recorded at least 30 points and 10 as­sists in four of Hous­ton’s first six games. At­lanta led most of the game as it snapped a streak of two straight losses.


C.J. Miles scored 20 points and Myles Turner added 16 as In­di­ana shut down weary Chicago. All-Star Paul Ge­orge was ejected late in the third quar­ter af­ter he in­ad­ver­tently kicked the ball into the stands. He ap­peared to be up­set fol­low­ing a no-call on a shot, then was called for a foul on the Bulls’ en­su­ing pos­ses­sion. He made his first five shots and fin­ished with 13 points the first time this sea­son he’s been held to less than 20. Jimmy But­ler scored 16 points but at half­time had nearly as many turnovers (four) as the Pacers had com­mit­ted as a team (five). Ra­jon Rondo wasn’t much bet­ter, and even Dwyane Wade strug­gled - fin­ish­ing with four points as the Bulls lost their third in a row.


Rus­sell West­brook scored 28 points to help Ok­la­homa City beat Min­nesota. West­brook also had eight as­sists and six re­bounds. The Thun­der im­proved to 5-1 on the sea­son, match­ing their best six-game start since mov­ing to Ok­la­homa City for the 2008-09 sea­son. Enes Kan­ter had 20 points and 10 re­bounds, Steven Adams scored 14 points and Vic­tor Oladipo added 12 for the Thun­der in their first game since be­ing blown out by Golden State and for­mer team­mate Kevin Du­rant on Thurs­day. The Thun­der shot 52 per­cent from the field and held the Tim­ber­wolves to 39 per­cent shoot­ing. Karl-An­thony Towns scored 33 points for the Tim­ber­wolves af­ter scor­ing 32 Thurs­day night against Den­ver. No one else on the team reached dou­ble fig­ures un­til the fourth quar­ter.


Jeff Green came off the bench to score 18 points and Evan Fournier added 13 to help Or­lando beat Wash­ing­ton. On a night when the Magic starters strug­gled of­fen­sively, Frank Vo­gel elected to go with his bench for ex­tended min­utes in the fourth quar­ter and it paid off big. Green scored 10 points in the fourth and Mario He­zonja added eight of his nine points in the fi­nal pe­riod, while Bis­mack Biy­ombo came up with a cou­ple of blocked shots to lift the Magic out of a 12-point, third-quar­ter deficit. Biy­ombo was big all night in the in­te­rior block­ing shots and chang­ing oth­ers when the Wiz­ards came into the lane. He fin­ished with nine points, three blocks and 12 re­bounds. The Wiz­ards, who were play­ing with­out point guard John Wall, couldn’t con­vert down the stretch. Af­ter hit­ting sev­eral clutch shots down the stretch dur­ing Fri­day night’s win over At­lanta, Bradley Beal missed his fi­nal three shots and Marki­eff Mor­ris missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.


An­dre Drum­mond had 19 points and 20 re­bounds as Detroit breezed to an­other easy win at home. The Pis­tons have won all four of their home games this sea­son by dou­ble dig­its, and they haven’t trailed by more than three points in any of them. They were never be­hind Satur­day af­ter scor­ing the game’s first 10 points. Mar­cus Mor­ris and Jon Leuer scored 15 points each for Detroit, and Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope added 13. Wil­son Chan­dler led Den­ver with 21 points.


Mirza Tele­tovic scored 22 points and matched his ca­reer high with seven 3-point­ers, Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo added 17 points, eight as­sists and eight re­bounds, and Mil­wau­kee beat short-handed Sacra­mento. Jabari Parker had 19 points for the Bucks, who pulled their starters af­ter three quar­ters. Gar­rett Tem­ple scored 19 and DeMar­cus Cousins had 15 in the first half for the Kings, who slipped to 0-4 on their fiveg­ame road trip and gave up 100 points or more for the sixth con­sec­u­tive game. Lead­ing 61-48 at the half, the Bucks opened the third quar­ter with a 21-3 run. —AP

— AP

PHILADEL­PHIA: Cleve­land Cava­liers’ Kyrie Irv­ing, left, drives to the bas­ket with Philadel­phia 76ers’ Nik Stauskas de­fend­ing dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game, Satur­day, in Philadel­phia.

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