|Antawn Jamison barrels over Hedo Turkoglu for 2 of his 19 points. (Pablo Martinez/Associated Press)|
LeBron James had 50 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds in one of the most spectacular performances in the NBA this season, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 119-105 victory over the Knicks in New York last night.
"I've dreamed about playing well in [Madison Square Garden] and it's overtaken how I could ever dream about," James said. "To get a standing ovation in the greatest basketball arena in the world, it was a dream come true for me. It's one of the best things that ever happened to me."
James shot 16 of 30 from the field, including 7 of 13 from 3-point range, in his second 50-point game this season.
The NBA's scoring leader scored 45 points in a victory over the Knicks in Cleveland Nov. 2. He fell 2 points shy of Kobe Bryant, who had a 52-point game Sunday against Dallas, the highest in the league this season.
Damon Jones added 15 points and Devin Brown had 14 for the Cavs, who won their third straight.
Jamal Crawford scored 25 points, Nate Robinson added 24, and Eddy Curry had 20 for the Knicks, who dropped their fourth in a row. Cleveland outscored New York, 35-23, in the final quarter, with James hitting four 3-pointers.
The Cavs are still trying to mix in four newcomers from a trade while playing without Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Daniel Gibson, and Sasha Pavlovic. In the meantime, they've got James to carry them.
Rockets 117, Pacers 99 - Tracy McGrady scored 25 points and host Houston got its franchise-record 16th straight win.
The Rockets are 4-0 since losing Yao Ming for the season with a stress fracture in his foot and have won 20 of their last 21 games. They own the longest winning streak in the NBA this season.
The Rockets led by 17 at halftime, but two runs by Indiana in the third quarter got the Pacers within 7. Houston scored 11 of the last 13 points of the quarter to stretch the lead to 16, and the Pacers didn't threaten again.
It was Houston's seventh straight win by 10 points or more, which extends a franchise record.
"It's all about confidence," McGrady said. "We have great chemistry and guys know their roles here. We all are playing so well, we just can't really count on one guy."
All but 2 of McGrady's points came in the first half, and he had six rebounds and five assists. Rafer Alston added 21 points and had seven assists.
"This was a big win for us; we were trying to make history," McGrady said on the court as red confetti rained down.
Bobcats 118, Warriors 109 - Jason Richardson punished his former team with 42 points and host Charlotte beat Golden State to snap the Warriors' four-game winning streak.
Richardson, who spent six seasons with Golden State before being traded on draft night, was 2 points shy of his career high. He hit 15 of 32 shots and added seven rebounds to help the Bobcats to their first three-game winning streak of the season.
Monta Ellis scored 32 points for Golden State, which is trying to hold onto the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Magic 122, Wizards 92 - Orlando made an emphatic statement in a possible playoff preview, dominating from the start in a victory over host Washington.
The Magic never trailed, took a quick 10-2 lead, and hardly looked back as they won their third straight game and sixth in their past seven. They stretched their Southeast Division lead to 9 1/2 games over the Wizards.
Clippers 116, Kings 109 - Al Thornton scored 13 of his 27 points after regulation, Corey Maggette added 22 and host Los Angeles rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Sacramento in double overtime, keeping the Kings winless against Pacific Division teams.
Nuggets 126, Suns 113 - In Denver, Carmelo Anthony crashed the boards as hard as he worked for open looks at the basket, grabbing 13 rebounds and scoring 30 points in the Nuggets' win over Phoenix.
Raptors 108, Heat 83 - In Miami, Rasho Nesterovic scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Jamario Moon added 14 points, and Toronto embarrassed the Heat for the second time this season, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Grizzlies 100, Nets 93 - Hakim Warrick scored a season-high 25 points and host Memphis snapped its nine-game losing streak.
Bucks 118, SuperSonics 106 - Charlie Villanueva scored 32 points, his highest output in nearly two years, and had 11 rebounds as Milwaukee scored a season high in points to beat visiting Seattle.
Hornets 116, Hawks 101 - Chris Paul had 23 points and 18 assists, and host New Orleans tied a franchise record with 15 3-pointers in a victory over Atlanta.
Jazz 105, Timberwolves 76 - Deron Williams had 21 points and 11 assists for his fifth straight double-double and Utah won its 17th straight home game.