LeBron James continues to move up the NBA’s all-time scoring list, but he has more important matters on his mind.
James scored 24 points Thursday night to move into 12th place and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Brooklyn Nets, 107-87, at Cleveland.
He passed Dominique Wilkins with a three-point play in the first quarter. The four-time most valuable player, who sat out the fourth quarter, has scored 26,689 points.
“It’s great to be in that position,” he said. “It’s an honor.”
“I would love to have the No. 1 seed,” James said. “I understand some of the players might need some rest over the last couple games, but we worked so hard all season to be No. 1. I’m never a guy [who wants] to finish second.”
at Portland 116, Boston 109: Al-Farouq Aminu made a career-high six three-point shots and scored a career-high 28 points to help the Trail Blazers to their sixth consecutive home victory. The Trail Blazers moved to within 11/2 games of the fifth-place Memphis Grizzlies in the West while the Celtics fell from fourth to sixth in the East.
Chicago 103, at Houston 100: Nikola Mirotic scored 28 points and Jimmy Butler 21 to lead the Bulls in a pivotal game matching teams fighting for the final playoff spots in their respective conferences. The Bulls, ninth in the East, trailed by nine points after three quarters but outscored the Rockets in the fourth, 32-20.
Orlando 114, at Indiana 94: Evan Fournier scored 25 points and Nikola Vucevic 24 for the Magic, who have won three in a row after losing six in a row and hadn’t won at Indiana since Feb. 4, 2012. Paul George led the Pacers with 27 points.
at New Orleans 101, Denver 95: Luke Babbitt scored 22 points and Tim Frazier scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to life the injury-riddled Pelicans.