LeBron scores 42 as Cavs top Warriors
CLEVELAND — LeBron James says he isn't about personal statements. He made one anyway Thursday night.
James scored a season-high 42 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 110-99 for their 18th victory in 20 games.
James added 11 rebounds, outplaying fellow MVP candidate Stephen Curry and leading Cleveland past the team with the NBA's best record for its 11th straight home victory.
James downplayed any talk that the performance may put him in the lead for MVP consideration.
"That's not why I'm here," he said. "I've got to be the MVP for these guys, the 14 guys in the locker room. When I'm on the floor I'll try to do everything I can to help this team win."
The Cavaliers did get a bit of bad news. All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who scored 24 points, injured his left shoulder and didn't travel with the team to Indiana for Friday night's game. A team spokesman said Irving will have an MRI on Friday and is doubtful against the Pacers.
Irving left the game in the third quarter and went to the locker room, but returned early in the fourth.
Curry scored 18 points, but had only six after the first quarter and was 5 of 17 from the field.
SUNS 117, THUNDER 113: At Phoenix, Russell Westbrook scored 39 points in his 12th career triple-double but missed what would have been the game-tying layup with 5.7 seconds left in overtime, and Phoenix snapped Oklahoma City's seven-game winning streak.
In an intense matchup of point guards, Phoenix's Eric Bledsoe just missed a triple-double with 28 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.
Westbrook missed his first eight shots and finished 12 of 38, 1 of 10 from 3-point range, but scored 31 in the second half and overtime of his fourth triple-double this season.
Markieff Morris scored 29 for the Suns, who pulled within 1½ games of the Thunder for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Medford's Kyle Singler had seven points and two rebounds in 22 minutes as a starter for the Thunder, who visit Portland tonight.