Even without his trademark headband, LeBron James had 27 points and took over sole possession of the Cavaliers’ career assists record as Cleveland beat the host Dallas Mavericks, 127-94, on Tuesday night.
James was one of four players with more than 20 points for the Central Division-leading Cavaliers, who have won 12 of their last 13 games against Western Conference opponents and broke a 14-game losing streak in Texas.
Kyrie Irving scored 22 points, while Kevin Love had 21 points and 14 rebounds. J.R. Smith also scored 21 points and Timofey Mozgov, the other starter, had 17.
Chandler Parsons led Dallas with 18 points, while Monta Ellis had 17 and Amare Stoudemire 15. Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 points on only three-of-10 shooting.
James’ first assist of the game in the second quarter was his 4,207th in a Cleveland uniform, breaking a tie with Mark Price for the franchise record.
at Indiana 118, Orlando 86: Reserve Rodney Stuckey had 34 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the surging Pacers’ sixth consecutive victory. Indiana made 17 three-pointers to match the franchise record; Stuckey was six for nine and Damjan Rudez went five for seven. The Magic has lost eight straight road games.
New Orleans 111, at Brooklyn 91: Alexis Ajinca and Quincy Pondexter each scored 17 points and the Pelicans moved within percentage points of eighth place in the Western Conference. The Nets broke to an early 14-point lead before losing their fourth in a row.
at San Antonio 117, Toronto 107: Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and 11 rebounds and matched a career high with five steals, and the Spurs withstood a second-half letdown to earn their sixth straight win. The Raptors lost their fourth straight despite 32 points from Kyle Lowry and 21 for DeMar DeRozan.
at Utah 87, New York 82: Derrick Favors had 29 points and 12 rebounds, and the Jazz tied a season high with its third straight victory. Both teams struggled to score as Utah was without leading scorer Gordon Hayward (back) and the Knicks have been injury-plagued all season. New York missed Tim Hardaway Jr. (back) for the second consecutive game.
at Lakers 93, Detroit 85