Big Ben chimes in but King James still reigns
LEBRON James had his 58th career triple-double as the NBA superstar's Cleveland Cavaliers shot down Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers for the second time in less than a fortnight.
But the rising Aussie star again made his presence felt, himself recording a double-double to almost pinch an upset win on the Cavs' home court.
Cleveland rallied in the fourth quarter to beat 76ers 105-98, with James piling in 30 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing 13 assists to help the Cavaliers bounce back from a loss in Indiana on Friday night.
Simmons' breakaway dunk gave Philadelphia a 96-91 lead, but the Cavaliers ended the game on a 14-2 run, with James imposing himself on the game to ensure the home team finished on top.
First James converted a three-point play and Kyle Korver hit a 3-pointer to give Cleveland the lead. Dwyane Wade added two baskets and Jae Crowder's 3-pointer put the Cavaliers ahead 104-98. James had nine points, seven rebounds and six assists in the fourth quarter in his third triple-double of the season.
Covington and J.J. Redick scored 19 points each for Philadelphia. Both starting centres missed the game. Joel Embiid sat out for Philadelphia because he hasn't been cleared to play on back-to-back nights and Kevin Love didn't play because of a sore left hip.
Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson each scored 20 points and Miami beat Brooklyn in the Heat's first game in Mexico in franchise history. Playing in front of 19,777 fans at raucous Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Dragic was 9 of 19 from the field and had seven rebounds for Miami. The Heat snapped a two- game losing streak to improve to 12-13.
James Johnson added 17 points, Justice Winslow had 15 and Kelly Olynyk 11 for Miami. The Heat rallied from two seven-point deficits.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the Nets with 18 points. Coming off a 100-95 victory over Oklahoma City on Thursday night in the Mexico City opener, the Nets dropped to 10-15.