LeBron James equaled a season best with 41 points last night, finally putting the Milwaukee Bucks away with a steal and soaring dunk in the final minutes, and Mo Williams scored 16 against his former team as the host Cleveland Cavaliers won their fifth straight, 99-93.
It was the third time in four games that James has scored 41.
"I'm not doing it on purpose," he said.
James scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and didn't come out in the second half while playing a season-high 43 minutes.
With Cleveland leading by five, James poked away a pass intended for Richard Jefferson, streaked to the other end and lifted off one step inside the foul line before smashing the ball through the hoop. Moments later, he dropped an outside jump shot and then drove through the lane for a finger roll to give the Cavaliers an 11-point lead.
HAWKS 113, BULLS 108: : Al Horford scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as visiting Atlanta remained unbeaten through six games. The Hawks' start is their best since the 1997-98, when they won their first 11 games. Mike Bibby added 22 points, hitting three three-pointers in the fourth quarter to fend off a Chicago rally. Rookie Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 26 points to match his career high and had a career-best 10 rebounds.
NUGGETS 88, BOBCATS 80: : Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half, Chauncey Billups added a key three-point play late, and visiting Denver held off Charlotte to stay unbeaten with Billups in the lineup. Jason Richardson scored 23 points for the sloppy Bobcats.
PISTONS 100, KINGS 92: : Allen Iverson had 30 points and nine assists to win for the first time with his new team. Tayshaun Prince added 26 points and 11 rebounds for visiting Detroit, which had lost its first two games since acquiring Iverson from Denver last week. Sacramento played without its leading scorer, Kevin Martin, who is out at least a week after spraining his left ankle in a victory over Golden State on Sunday.
JAZZ 93, 76ERS 80: : Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 16 rebounds and Deron Williams played for the first time this season to lead visiting Utah past Philadelphia.
SPURS 92, KNICKS 80: : Tim Duncan had 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to lead host San Antonio in its first game without guard Tony Parker, who will miss about a month because of a moderate left ankle sprain.
LAKERS 106, MAVERICKS 99: : Trevor Ariza turned an offensive rebound into an emphatic, go-ahead dunk early in the fourth quarter and Kobe Bryant quickly stretched the lead for visiting Los Angeles. Dallas' Jason Kidd got the 101st triple double of his career with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
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