Published: Wed, December 14, 2016
Entertainment | By Alexander Flowers

LeBron scores 44, reaches assist mark as Cavs down Hornets


In doing so, James became the first player in the National Basketball Association to score 44 points, pull down nine rebounds and hand out 10 assists while making at least 70 percent of his shots from the floor since Wilt Chamberlain accomplished the same feat on March 18, 1968.

James did it all, adding 10 assists and nine rebounds in 43 minutes. James is the only player with 27,000 points and 7,000 assists.

Power forward Kevin Love provided secondary support with 22 points and six rebounds for the Cavaliers, who shot a season-high.575 from the field. Kyrie (Irving) doesn't have it tonight.' I was like, 'No.' He was like, 'Man, I'm telling you.

The 31-year-old is the only player with 27,000 points, 7,000 assists and 7,000 rebounds. "It's the game I watched my whole life growing up, so it's incredible". "And for me to have back-to-back nights like this after coming off a long road trip, just shows that everything is working in the right direction".

"I didn't want to play LeBron this many minutes, but he came and said, 'Coach, I'm fine, '" Lue said.

Charlotte coach Steve Clifford knew his team was going to have trouble defending the Cavs if the reigning National Basketball Association champions were clicking.

Lillard, who scored 28 points in Portland's 131-109 win over in on November 30, had a big first quarter with 19 points and five 3-pointers. "He made three or four threes that he's going to make".

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He began Saturday averaging 9.1 assists, on early pace for a career high and No. 4 in the league behind only James Harden, Russell Westbrook and John Wall.

"And then he started raining threes". You can't block them.

"When he's shooting the ball like that, there's nothing you can do, other than blitz, and that's what he wants you to do, and then he really makes you look bad".

He made back-to-back 3s to put the Trail Blazers ahead 26-11 with 5:59 remaining in the first and McCollum's 3-pointer with 8:09 left in the second quarter gave the Trail Blazers a 58-38 lead. Kyrie Irving joined James and Mark Price as the only players in Cleveland history with 600 career 3-pointers. Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles, an OH native, was introduced during a timeout in the first quarter.

James' 27 was second on the Cavaliers to Kevin Love's 28-point, 15-rebound night, as the Cavs moved to 16-5 despite being without J.R. Smith due to injury, and Channing Frye (who missed the contest due to attend his father's funeral).

In Memphis, the host Grizzlies shocked the Golden State Warriors 110-89 for its sixth straight win, holding the Warriors to a season low for points.

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