National Basketball Association roundup: James scores 57 for Cavaliers in victory

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James drives to the hoop for two against the Indiana Pacers

Shumpert has been uncomfortable at Cleveland for a very long time and they've already tried to trade him so you know his value is quite low at this point, but being a high upside player when it comes to 3 and D, he could have at least a pair of suitors if they manage to build a nice trade package around him, bringing a younger, more energetic player to play alongside James. But even knowing how great James remains - and he is, without a doubt, still the game's undisputed top talent, even as he is in his 15th season and approaching his 33rd birthday - it is hard to quantify just how great he was Friday night. The Cavaliers superstar has played 44 games against the Wizards, averaging 26.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists. The defending champs got off to a slow start, but Curry, Durant and Klay Thompson are all averaging more than 20 points per game. Rose had a season-high 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's loss, hitting both jumpers and layups as James assisted on five of Rose's nine baskets.

Staring at a potential five-game losing streak and giving a conference rival like Washington a confidence boost to make someone like Beal actually believe his bold preseason promulgation should be motivation enough for the Cavs to start their turnaround.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) gestures after scoring against the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter at Capital One Arena.

Kelly Oubre, Jr. should still see quality minutes even with the return of Morris.

James shot 23-for-34 from the field on Friday, 9-for-9 from the free throw line and added a game-high 11 rebounds as well as seven assists.




Love had two double-doubles versus Washington last season, including a 39-point, 12-rebound effort. Simmons joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in National Basketball Association history with multiple triple-doubles in their first nine career games, as he helped Philadelphia to their fourth consecutive victory.

ROCKETS 119, HAWKS 104: James Harden scored 21 of his 29 points in the first half, and visiting Houston handed Atlanta its eighth straight loss.

The Cleveland Cavaliers came to Washington in a state of crisis Friday. Regardless of the spread, the better play is likely the over whenever it is established. The Cavaliers have been involved in seven straight games of 207 or more points and have ranged from 213 to 224 points in their three road contests. Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, the team's healthy big-name additions to the backcourt, remain largely ineffective. Still, this is not a matchup that plays well for Cleveland given how Wall and Beal not only attack the basket but also how well they can shoot from the perimeter. The Wizards defeated the Cavaliers 127-115.

"I guess they'd figure at some point tonight I'd miss", James said. Tip-off time is 7 pm ET.

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