LeBron dominates with 44 as Cavs pick up fourth in a row

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) scores over Charlotte Hornets' Cody Zeller (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec 10, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)


CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 17 of his season-high 44 points in the fourth quarter and reached another career milestone as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their fourth straight, 116-105 over the Charlotte Hornets Saturday.

James did it all, adding 10 assists and nine rebounds in 43 minutes. He took over in the fourth, scoring 13 straight during one stretch to help the Cavs hold on.

James, who moved into ninth place on the career scoring list Friday, recorded his 7,000th assist in the first half, becoming the first frontcourt player in NBA history to reach the plateau. James is the only player with 27,000 points and 7,000 assists.

Grizzlies 110, Warriors 89 Marc Gasol and Tony Allen scored 19 points each, and Memphis rolled over Golden State for its sixth straight win.

Elsewhere, it was Clippers 133, Pelicans 105; Nuggets 121, Magic 113; Wizards 110, Bucks 105; Jazz 104, Kings 84; Spurs 130, Nets 10; Rockets 109, Mavericks 87; and Bulls 105, Heat 100.