Lebron dominates as Cavs crush Celtics


James passed Spurs forward Tim Duncan for 14th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list in the game. James was also big for the Cavaliers, adding 19 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists.

The Cavaliers were blown out at Washington on Sunday, when James watched from the bench and the Wizards built a 30-point lead.
“It’s not a step back”, Wall said as the Wizards dropped to 7-3 since the All-Star break.
With the shot-clock winding down, James drained a fadeaway and was fouled, and cashed in the free throw.
3-Point Goals-Indiana 7-21 (George 4-7, G.Hill 2-6, Ellis 1-6, S.Hill 0-2), Washington 6-15 (Beal 2-4, Morris 1-1, Anderson 1-2, Temple 1-2, Wall 1-4, Sessions 0-1, Porter 0-1).
Tempo could be key in deciding Saturday night’s victor in Cleveland in the final regular-season meeting between two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams. IN allows 106.1 points per game on the second end of back-to-backs compared with 99.2 with at least a day between games.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, and Khris Middleton scored 32 points as Milwaukee beat Minnesota.
The Celtics led 35-22 after one quarter, shooting 60 percent. They sealed the victory with a 19-5 run that turned a six-point deficit into a 101-93 lead with 3:18 to play. Isaiah Thomas has proven to be one of the best point guards in the game this season, and it’s still incredible how he can finish at the rim, but it’s a lot harder to score in the lane against a set defense.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, Cleveland is now a 7.5-point home favorite versus Boston after the line opened at 6.5. Brooklyn played without starters Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, who both sat out to rest.
But with James energized after not playing since Monday, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue utilized a smaller, speedier lineup that didn’t include Kevin Love and the Cavs snapped Washington’s four-game winning streak. We just have to find a way to sustain it over the course of the game. Rudy Gobert had 13 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks.
Coming off the embarrassing loss in Washington (which followed a close defeat in Toronto), the core of the Cleveland Cavaliers stepped up their game when the Indiana Pacers came to town.
The Spurs won their eighth straight and extended their franchise record start to 53-9 despite the absence of starters LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan and Danny Green.
In San Antonio, Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and 13 rebounds and Manu Ginobili added 22 points in his return from a gruesome injury.
KNICKS 102, PISTONS 89: Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the New York Knicks got a rare win even without the injured Kristaps Porzingis, beating the Detroit Pistons at New York.
Arron Afflalo made all seven shots in the first half and finished with 20 points. Porzingis, the Knicks’ second-leading scorer at 14 points a game, was ruled out a little less than an hour before the game with a bruised lower left leg. The team said X-rays showed no damage.
Jimmy Butler returned from an 11-game absence to post 24 points, 11 rebounds and six assists before fouling out. The matchup will mark a one game road trip before a short homestand for Boston and the second to last game in a four game homestand for Cleveland.
As the Cavaliers prepare for their game against the Pacers, their lead in the Eastern Conference has been cut to just two games over the Raptors.
BULLS 108, ROCKETS 100: The Bulls snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over the Rockets at the United Center in Chicago.