At 33, James is the youngest to ever reach 31,000 points getting to the milestone despite Cleveland Cavaliers being defeated 132-130 by Philadelphia 76ers.
Their revamped style, talented backcourt and young, potent bench will make them a tough out, especially when considering the true homecourt advantage (33-7) they will possess.The Sixers, who have won 13 straight, showed how risky they could be during Friday's win.Despite not having All-Star Joel Embiid, the Sixers sprinted past the Cavs in the first half, scoring 78 points and attacking Cleveland at every level.The second half was a different story.
"I don't have a quit bone in me, so if I'm on the floor I've got to try to make plays happen no matter what the score is", he said. But he had a costly turnover in the closing seconds and the Wizards couldn't put away the Cavs down the stretch.
Simmons poured in 27 points to go with 15 rebounds and 13 assists to record his 12th triple double of the season - fourth before the end of the third quarter - but the Sixers needed every bit of it as James poured in 44 points to go with 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
"He's a student of the game". During a recent segment of ESPN's First Take, Will Cain said he thinks McCollum is on to something when he suggested Philadelphia as James' landing spot this summer.
Perhaps the Cavs were worn out from rallying from 17-points down to win Thursday against Washington. They are 7-3 this season when he starts. James scored 35 points in the second half.
Blazers guard Damian Lillard will be ruled out for Thursday's game against the Houston Rockets with a left ankle sprain. Instead, he missed the second and intentionally clanked the third.
He scored 21 points in the third and hit successive three-pointers in the fourth that helped pull Cleveland to 111-109. James stared down Ilyasova after the slam.
"They completely understand that it's now April and we're going to blink and be playing in the playoffs", 76ers coach Brett Brown said.
The Wizards should see things this way: if they draw the Cavs and James in the first round, then bring it on.
Raptors 92, Pacers 73: Serge Ibaka scored a season-high 25 points, DeMar DeRozan had 12 and Toronto beat IN, clinching first place IN the Eastern Conference for the first time IN team history. James added 14 assists and nine rebounds as the Cavs improved to 10-1 since March 17 and welcomed back coach Tyronn Lue from a medical absence with a win.