LeBron breaks 20,000 record in Warriors win
APOAKLAND -- LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points and also surpassed 5,000 assists on a milestone night, leading Miami 92-75 over undermanned Golden State.
January 18, 2013, 12:23 am TWN
On a road trip that has had more bad news than good, James rewrote the headlines and the record books. He finished with 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
James eclipsed both marks before halftime, helped Miami go ahead by 34 points in the third quarter and allowed coach Erik Spoelstra to rest his starters — without debate — for the fourth. Dwyane Wade added 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Mario Chalmers scored 15 for the Heat, who had lost three of their last four away from home.
David Lee had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Jarrett Jack scored 16 in place of Stephen Curry, who sprained his twice surgically repaired right ankle during Golden State's morning practice. The team said X-rays were negative, and Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he doesn't expect Curry to be out long.
Mavericks 105, Rockets 100 In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points, O.J. Mayo hit two tiebreaking free throws and Dallas held off a Jeremy Lin-led surge to beat Houston.
Lin and James Harden combined to score the last 18 points for the Rockets, who erased an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit and got even at 97. After Elton Brand blocked a layup attempt by Harden, Mayo hit both free throws after getting fouled at the other end.
Lin had a chance to tie the score on free throws, but missed the second of two. The Rockets got one more chance to go in front, but Harden couldn't get a good look at a layup. Nowitzki won a scramble for the ball and hit two free throws for a 101-98 lead.
Dallas won its season-best fourth straight game while the Rockets lost their fifth in a row, also a season high.
Harden led the Rockets with 20 points but shot 5 of 23 from the field. Lin had 19 with some critical misses among his 6-of-10 performance on free throws.
Mayo and Shawn Marion scored 18 apiece for Dallas. Nowitzki had 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Celtics 90, Hornets 78 In Boston, Austin Rivers won his first NBA game against his father as the New Orleans Hornets beat coach Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics 90-78 on Wednesday night.
Greivis Vasquez scored 15 points with 11 rebounds and Al-Farouq Aminu had 18 points and nine rebounds for New Orleans, which won for the sixth time in seven games and stopped Boston's six-game winning streak. Austin Rivers scored eight points against his dad's team; they became the fourth father-son matchup in NBA history.
Paul Pierce scored 12 points with 10 rebounds before fouling out in the final minutes. He shot 5 for 16 from the floor and made one of seven 3-point attempts as Boston went 4 for 18 from beyond the arc. Kevin Garnett scored 15 and Rajon Rondo had 11 assists.
Anthony Davis had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who were just 2 of 17 from 3-point range. But they have won eight of 12 since an 11-game losing streak that stretched through much of December.
Other games on Wednesday:
Thunder 117, Nuggets 97
Spurs 103, Grizzlies 82
Hawks 109, Nets 95
Bulls 107, Raptors 105, OT
Magic 97, Pacers 86
Cavaliers 93, Trail Blazers 88
Kings 95, Wizards 94