James hits season-high 37 in triumph
PHILADELPHIA — LeBron James raised the roof, then lifted the Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh straight win, 95-85 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.
James tied a season high with 37 points and pushed both hands up in the air after several powerful dunks, drawing a rise out of the nearly 20,000 fans at the Wells Fargo Center. He had nine assists and seven rebounds in Cleveland's 13th win in the last 15 games.
Even when James seems fallible he still steals the show. An unsuspecting James took an errant ball to the face during pregame warmups. The clip was a hit on social media.
The 76ers pulled as close as two points with 8 minutes left before James thwarted the upset bid. Jahlil Okafor had 21 points for the Sixers, and Ish Smith had 18 points and 10 assists.
Philadelphia is an NBA-worst 4-35.
CLIPPERS 114, PELICANS 111, OT: At Los Angeles, Chris Paul had 25 points and 11 assists, Jamal Crawford added 21 points, and Los Angeles beat New Orleans in overtime to extend the NBA's longest active winning streak to nine games. Los Angeles native Jrue Holiday scored 12 of his season-high 29 points off the bench in the fourth quarter to help New Orleans erase a 12-point deficit.
KNICKS 100, BUCKS 88: At New York, Carmelo Anthony had 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Kristaps Porzingis had a few more highlight plays during New York's high-flying third quarter against Milwaukee. Porzingis 15 points for the Knicks, who won for the fourth time in five games.
GRIZZLIES 101, CELTICS 98: At Memhis, Tenn., Zach Randolph had 25 points and 13 rebounds and Memphis overcame a 21-point deficit in the second half to beat Boston. Isaiah Thomas, who led the Celtics with 35 points, launched a 3-pointer as time expired but officials confirmed the basket came after the horn.
ROCKETS 107, PACERS 103, OT: At Houston, Trevor Ariza scored a season-high 24 points and Corey Brewer hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime to help Houston beat Indiana. James Harden had 21 points and Dwight Howard added 21 points and 17 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double.
MAVERICKS 93, TIMBERWOLVES 87: At Minneapolis, Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points, converted a big three-point play and grabbed a key loose ball in the final seconds to lead Dallas past Minnesota. Nowitzki hit four of Dallas' six 3-pointers.
JAZZ 86, LAKERS 74: At Los Angeles, Gordon Hayward scored 25 points and Utah beat Los Angeles to snap a seven-game road losing streak. Lou Williams led the Lakers with 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
NUGGETS 95, HORNETS 92: At Denver, Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points, rookie Emmanuel Mudiay added 11 in his first game in a month and Denver extended Charlotte's losing streak to seven games. The Nuggets didn't score over the final 4:17.