CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored in double digits in his 867th straight game, breaking the record he shared with Michael Jordan, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to beat the New Orleans Hornets 107-102 on Friday night to avoid slipping in the standings.

James finished with 27 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, adding another stellar performance to his 15th NBA season. He finally put the Pelicans away by scoring eight straight in the waning moments.

Jordan Clarkson added 23 points, and Tristan Thompson had 14 rebounds in 21 minutes for the Cavs, who have won 7 of 8. A loss would have dropped the Cavaliers from third to fifth with only a handful of games left in the regular season.

Jrue Holiday scored 25 and Nikola Mirotic 20 for New Orleans. Anthony Davis scored just 16 – 12 below his average – on 6-of-19 shooting as he was harassed by Thompson and Larry Nance Jr.

James broke Jordan’s mark midway through the first quarter, delivering a two-handed dunk that Mirotic and Solomon Hill of the Pelicans didn’t stop.

76ERS 101, HAWKS 91: Ben Simmons had a triple-double in three quarters, Ersan Ilyasova scored 21 points and Philadelphia won at Atlanta for its ninth straight victory.


With 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, Simmons has five triple-doubles in his last 10 games and 11 overall. He didn’t play after leaving with 3:37 left in the third, giving Philadelphia the kind of performance it needed one game after center Joel Embiid suffered an orbital eye fracture and a concussion.

BULLS 90, MAGIC 82: Rookie Lauri Markkanen and Sean Kilpatrick each scored 13 points, rookie Ryan Arcidiacono had all of his eight points in the fourth quarter, and Chicago won at Orlando, Florida, to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Arcidiacono’s 3-pointer started a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter for the Bulls, who took an 80-71 lead and held on to complete a four-game season sweep of the Magic.

ROCKETS 104, SUNS 103: Gerald Green made a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Houston rallied from a 21-point second-half deficit at home.

The win was Houston’s 11th straight and extended Phoenix’s skid to 14 games.



HAWKS: Point guard Dennis Schroder will miss the final seven games with a medial bone bruise and a sprained left ankle.

The team said Schroder, its leading scorer, underwent an MRI. The expected recovery time is at least two weeks.

BULLS: Center Robin Lopez was fined $25,000 for yelling at officials and failing to leave the court quickly enough after he was ejected from a game against Miami.

The league announced the fine for Lopez’s behavior Thursday night in the fourth quarter of Chicago’s 103-92 loss.

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