LeBron James scores 41 as Cleveland rallies from 19 down to beat Boston

Rajon Rondo, LeBron James, Jeff Green
Cavaliers forward LeBron James splits the defense of Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, left, and forward Jeff Green on a drive to the basket Friday night at TD Garden in Boston.
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LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Boston Celtics, 122-121, on Friday night at Boston.

James made one of two free throws with 36 seconds left to give Cleveland that one-point lead. The Celtics then lost the ball out of bounds, but Kyrie Irving missed a layup and Avery Bradley rebounded for Boston, which called timeout with 7 seconds to go.

But the Celtics couldn’t get a shot off as Rajon Rondo, who finished with 16 assists, lost control of his dribble near the top of the key just before the final buzzer sounded.

Irving had 27 points and Kevin Love added 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who earned their third straight win.


Kelly Olynyk led Boston with a season-high 21 points, and Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green had 19 apiece.

Denver 108, at Indiana 87: Ty Lawson had 11 points and 10 assists, and the Nuggets got their first road win of the season. Denver had seven players score in double figures in just its second victory of the season. Aaron Afflalo scored 10 of his 17 points in the first half, and rookie Gary Harris and Wilson Chandler each finished with 13 points.

at Orlando 101, Milwaukee 85: Tobias Harris had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Magic. Victor Oladipo returned to Orlando’s lineup as the Magic earned its 17th consecutive home win against the Bucks. Oladipo, who suffered a facial fracture right before the season started, scored 13 points in 25 minutes.

at Atlanta 114, Miami 103: Paul Millsap and Al Horford each scored 19 points to help the Hawks get their fourth straight win. With star guard Dwyane Wade hobbled by a strained left hamstring and unable to play, the Heat never led and trailed by 19 late in the fourth quarter. Eight players, including all five starters, scored in double figures for Atlanta.


Utah 102, at New York 100: Trey Burke made a jumper from the corner as time expired to help the Jazz overcome a 46-point effort from the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony. Anthony’s three-pointer with 2.3 seconds left tied it at 100 and lifted the Knicks to the century mark for the first time this season. But Burke caught the ball near the Jazz bench, faded back and nailed the jumper before stepping back over the sideline into hugs from his teammates. The Knicks lost their seventh straight game.

at Houston 88, Philadelphia 87: James Harden scored 35 points, including an off-balance layup with nine seconds left, to lead the Rockets. The Sixers led by one point before Michael Carter-Williams bounced the ball off his foot and out of bounds to give Houston the ball. Harden powered through the lane to hit the game-winner. Philadelphia had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but Carter-Williams missed a jump shot.

at New Orleans 139, Minnesota 91: Jrue Holiday missed one shot while scoring 24 points through three quarters, and the Pelicans set several offensive franchise records. Their point total, 56 made field goals, 66.7% shooting and 48-point margin of victory all set new franchise records for a game. Their 15 made three-pointers tied a franchise high.

Detroit 96, at Oklahoma City 89: Brandon Jennings scored 25 of his 29 points in the second half and overtime for the Thunder. Jennings made a tiebreaking three-pointer to give the Pistons an 87-84 lead with 2:32 left in overtime. He added another 3 while falling to the ground, increasing the advantage to 92-84. Jeremy Lamb set career highs with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City.

Charlotte 103, at Phoenix 95: Kemba Walker scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half, and Al Jefferson and Gary Neal each had 14 points for the Hornets, who won for the first time in five road games. Lance Stephenson scored 13, and Bismack Biyombo finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

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