LeBron James scored 25 points, moving into 10th place on the NBA’s career list, and added 14 assists and eight rebounds as the unbeaten Cleveland Cavaliers held off the winless Philadelphia 76ers, 102-101, on Saturday night in Philadelphia.
Kevin Love had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the reigning champions, who improved to 6-0. Joel Embiid scored 22 points, making all four of his three-point attempts, but the 76ers dropped to 0-5.
James passed Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon by converting a fastbreak layup midway through the first quarter. Olajuwon finished his career with 26,946 points. James has 26,970.
at Oklahoma City 112, Minnesota 92: Russell Westbrook had 28 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Thunder, whose 5-1 record matches their best six-game start since moving to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 33 points for the Timberwolves.
at Indiana 111, Chicago 94: C.J. Miles scored 20 points, Myles Turner had 16 and the Pacers shut down the weary Bulls, who played their third game in four nights, losing all three. Indiana All-Star Paul George was ejected late in the third quarter after he inadvertently kicked the ball into the stands. He appeared to be upset by a non-call on a shot, then was called for a foul on the Bulls’ ensuing possession.
at Atlanta 112, Houston 97: Dwight Howard had 20 points and 14 rebounds in his first game against his former Rockets teammates, Paul Millsap scored 23 and the Hawks ended a two-game skid. James Harden continued his hot start for Houston, with 30 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.
at Milwaukee 117, Sacramento 91: Mirza Teletovic scored 22 points in 21 minutes off the bench, matching a career high with seven three-pointers, and Giannis Anteto- kounmpo had 17 points, eight assists and eight rebounds as the Bucks breezed past the struggling Kings, who dropped to 0-4 on a five-game trip that ends Sunday.
at Orlando 88, Washington 86: Jeff Green came off the bench to score 18 points and Evan Fournier added 13 for the Magic. The Wizards, who gave star guard John Wall a night off to rest, fell to 1-4.
at Detroit 103, Denver 86: Andre Drummond had 19 points and 20 rebounds, and the Pistons improved to 4-0 at home, all of the wins by double digits.