James dominant as Cavaliers regain control over Magic
ORLANDO – LeBron James had 25 points and eight assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled past the Magic 111-76 Friday night. Timofey Mozgov had 17 points as the Cavs won their 12th in row over Orlando.
It was the season debut of Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert, who had been out since injuring his right wrist before training camp. He played 25 minutes and made five of seven shots while scoring 14 points.
Cleveland never trailed and started the third quarter with a 20-4 run and led by as many as 40 in the second half.
Nik Vucevic led the Magic with 14 points.
Orlando has lost three of its last four.
•SIXERS ABYSMAL AS USUAL: Andre Drummond had 18 points and 16 rebounds and Marcus Morris scored 21 points to help the visiting Pistons beat the Philadelphia 76ers 107-95. The Pistons opened the game on an 11-0 run, built a 24-point lead in the first half and led 89-66 after three quarters. It was a typical game for the abysmal Sixers. San Antonio beat Philadelphia by 51 points on Monday. Yet, coach Brett Brown signed a multi-year contract extension that was announced before the game. Brown dropped to 38-150 in 2 ½ seasons with the Sixers, who are 1-23 this season. Reggie Jackson also scored 21 points for the Pistons.
•WALKER HAS 33 IN CHARLOTTE VICTORY: Kemba Walker had 33 points and six assists, Nicolas Batum added 20 points and the visiting Hornets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 123-99 for their fourth straight win. Charlotte converted 18 of 37 shots from behind the arc, led by 5-for-8 shooting from each of Walker and Batum. Jeremy Lin scored 16 points for Charlotte and helped key a second-quarter rally that erased an early Memphis advantage. Frank Kaminsky finished with 15 points and six rebounds while Jeremy Lamb added 10 points.
•HEAT TURNS GAME OVER TO PACERS: Miami committed 19 turnovers in its 96-83 loss to the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Shortchanging itself of any chance at what could have been a road win, the Heat instead has a three-game losing streak.
•BUCKS MAKE LATE CHARGE BUT FALL SHORT: DeMar DeRozan had 27 points and the Toronto Raptors held off the late-charging Milwaukee Bucks 90-83 at home for their third straight win. The Raptors led by as many as 19 points in the latter stages of the third quarter only to have the Bucks cut it to four when Giannis Antetokounmpo hit a jumper with 5:11 to go.