Williams' 43 carry Cavs

The Baltimore Sun

Mo Williams strengthened his argument for being an All-Star by scoring a career-high 43 points and LeBron James recorded his 20th career triple double as the Cleveland Cavaliers (35-8) improved to 21-0 at home, beating the Sacramento Kings, 117-110, last night.

Williams, who is hoping to join James on the Eastern Conference team at next month's All-Star Game in Phoenix, had his finest game since joining the Cavaliers. The do-it-all point guard went 15-of-24 from the field, made a career-best seven three-pointers and added 11 assists and eight rebounds.

James scored 23 points with 15 rebounds and 11 assists, his third triple double this season.

Kevin Martin scored 35 points and John Salmons 21 for the Kings (10-36), who lost their sixth straight.

While James was voted an All-Star starter by fans, Williams must wait for a nod from NBA coaches.

They had to submit their All-Star reserve picks - for seven spots - yesterday and the results will be announced tomorrow. Williams was expected to get plenty of support after helping the Cavaliers get off to the best start in franchise history in his first season with Cleveland.

Magic 135, Pacers 111:: In his first game in almost a month, Mickael Pietrus had 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead host Orlando (34-10) over Indiana (17-28).

Pietrus, who missed the previous 12 games with a broken right wrist, came off the bench to lead a well-balanced Magic attack. Seven players reached double figures in scoring.

Off the court

Grizzlies: : Memphis has waived three-time All-Star Steve Francis (Maryland). Francis, 31, did not appear in a game for the Grizzlies or travel with the team, though he did occasionally practice with it.

Wizards: : Center Andray Blatche, who collided with Shaquille O'Neal on Monday in a loss to the Suns, will be sidelined two to four weeks with a strained left knee.

Blatche, who has yet to miss a game this season, has 23 starts and is averaging 10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds.

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