James youngest to score 10,000

LeBron James suf­fers in­jury in 92-87 loss against Celtics

The Covington News - - Sports -

LeBron James hopped off the court and limped to the locker room, un­sure if he’d be able to re­turn for the Cleve­land Cav­a­liers.

Sure enough, the All-Star for­ward came back and be­came the youngest player in NBA his­tory to reach 10,000 points. That still wasn’t enough to beat the Bos­ton Celtics.

“It doesn’t make me happy to do it in a los­ing ef­fort,” James said af­ter the 92-87 loss Wed­nes­day night. “To be in the record books is a trib­ute to my team­mates, my­self and my fam­ily.”

Ray Allen scored 22 points and Kevin Gar­nett added 18 with 11 re­bounds for Bos­ton to help the NBA’s top team win its third straight and im­prove to 2-2 for the sea­son against the de­fend­ing East­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons.

“We had our hands full (with James), but I thought we did a pretty good job,” Allen said. “I think we gut­ted it out.”

James sprained his an­kle and missed the last 4:24 of the first half, but X-rays were neg­a­tive and he was back for the start of the sec­ond.

“I know my an­kle, and to­mor­row it’s go­ing to be a lot worse,” James said.

James reached the 10,000point mile­stone at 23 years and 59 days, more than a year younger than Kobe Bryant was when he did it in 2003 (24 years, 193 days). It took James 368 games to do it — the ninth-fewest games in league his­tory.

In other NBA games, it was: Den­ver 138, Seat­tle 96; New Or­leans 120, Phoenix 103; Utah 103, Detroit 95; Chicago 113, In­di­ana 107; New York 113, Char­lotte 89; Philadel­phia 101, Or­lando 89; Toronto 107, Min­nesota 85; At­lanta 123, Sacra­mento 117; and Port­land 82, the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers 80.

At Bos­ton, the Cav­a­liers shot just 38 per­cent from the floor and James was 7-for-24.

“When you have an off­shoot­ing night like this, it’s tough to pull a game out,” James said. “Es­pe­cially against the best team in the league.”

The Cav­a­liers were play­ing their third game with four new play­ers, in­clud­ing Ben Wal­lace, ac­quired in an 11-player, three-team deal at the trad­ing dead­line.

“They’re so new, we re­ally didn’t see them,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “They’re go­ing to be so much bet­ter be­cause of that trade.”

Cavs coach Mike Brown was ejected with 42 sec­onds left in the third quar­ter af­ter he had to be re­strained by his as­sis­tants while ar­gu­ing a foul call against James.

Nei­ther James’ per­for­mance on the court nor Brown’s out­burst could help Cleve­land close what was a dou­ble-digit deficit most of the game. Af­ter hit­ting the first two bas­kets of the fourth quar­ter to make it 75-66, the Cavs never got closer than 10 points un­til the fi­nal minute.

JAMES

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