LeBron Earns a Milestone
CLEVELAND — LeBron James had quite a February.
He finished the month averaging a triple-double for the first time in his career after having 31 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists on Tuesday night in the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-123 win over the Nets. James has 12 triple-double this season and 67 in his career.
His 11th assist on Tuesday came late in the game and gave him 8,000 in his career. He’s the first player in NBA history with 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists.
Rodney Hood’s three-point play with 40 seconds remaining gave Cleveland a 123-121 lead. James and George Hill hit two free throws each in the final 16 seconds to seal the win.
Wizards 107, Bucks 104
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 21 points, hitting a clutch 3-pointer and a free throw down the stretch, to help the Washington Wizards hang on for a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks lost a chance at clinching the season series with the Wizards who hold the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference. Washington improved to 2 1/2 games ahead of the sixth-place Bucks. The road team won both games of the series.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Jabbari Parker had a season-high 19 points for Milwaukee.
Heat 102, 76ers 101
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored a season-high 27 points, the last of those coming on a jumper that gave Miami its only lead of the fourth quarter with 5.9 seconds left, and the Heat rallied to beat the Philadelphia 76ers.
Wade had 15 of his points in the fourth quarter, and the Heat won a game where they never led by more than three.
Hornets 118, Bulls 103
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dwight Howard returned from a first quarter injury to lead Charlotte over the Bulls.
The Hornets center was hurt after playing 10 minutes in the opening quarter.
He first said it felt as if a rib “popped out a little bit.”
Howard wanted to make it clear that it wasn’t a back issue.