James fires Cavaliers to their 11th straight victory
LOS ANGELES - Agence France-Presse
The Cleveland Cavaliers stretched their NBA winning streak to 11 games Dec 2 as LeBron James poured it on in the fourth quarter to keep the depleted but desperate Memphis Grizzlies at bay.
James, who leads the league in fourth quarter points, scored 15 of his 34 points in the final period as the Cavs held on for a 116-111 victory in Cleveland.
He scored Cleveland’s last 13 points -- and delivered
the final dagger with a jump shot from just inside the three-point line with five seconds remaining.
Cleveland, their rocky start to the season a more distant memory with every win, solidified their hold on second place in the Eastern Conference behind the Boston Celtics -- who became the first team this season to reach 20 wins with a 116-111 home victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Kevin Love added 20 points along with 11 rebounds. J.R. Smith scored 17 points and Dwyane Waded added 16 points and four assists off the bench for Cleveland.
In Boston, the Celtics withstood a 38-point performance from Suns star Devin Booker -- who had dropped 70 points on the Celtics in a game at the TD Garden last season.
Kyrie Irving was the late-game hero for the Celtics, scoring five of his 19 points in the final two minutes.
Elsewhere, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle became the 18th coach in NBA history with 700 wins as the Mavericks cruised past the Los Angeles Clippers 108-82.
Instead, Carlisle was more concerned with a dominant performance by his team, who notched just their sixth win of a season against 17 defeats.
In Philadelphia, Joel Embiid and Robert Covington scored 25 points each as the 76ers rallied for a 108-103 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the Bucks to a 109-104 victory over Sacramento, their second win over the Kings in five days.