LeBron James had 33 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers prevailed in Tyronn Lue's return as coach with a 119-115 victory over the visiting Washington Wizards on Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena.
James is also the only player in National Basketball Association history to average at least 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for their career.
After a 132-130 win that went down to the wire and saw his Philadelphia 76ers surpass the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA's Eastern Conference standings Friday, Philadelphia's Ben Simmons used his Instagram account to show respect to the man widely regarded as the NBA's best player.
It took another of those patented James' comebacks to down the Wizards, who have dropped seven of nine and are in a three-way battle with Milwaukee and Miami for playoff positioning.
Taurean Prince scored 23 points and Tyler Dorsey added 22 for the Hawks, while the loss left the Wizards in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. There was just one problem: They were down 17 points to begin with.
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Jaylen Brown finished with a career-high 32 points for the Celtics, who will be the east's second seed in the playoffs.
In front of Philly legend Allen Iverson, Cleveland was pitiful in the first half, handing the ball over to the Sixers time and time again as Simmons dominated in the open floor with a series of highlight reel plays. But he had a costly turnover in the closing seconds and the Wizards couldn't put away the Cavs down the stretch. Both are a half-game behind New Orleans.
Cleveland has a chance to tie the game with 1.9 seconds left as Covington fouled James attempting to throw up a desperation jump shot.
JJ Redick turned in a big night for the Sixers, draining a team-best 28 points. They have three games left (Dallas, at Atlanta, Milwaukee) while the Cavs face the Knicks in NY on Monday and then at home for their season finale two days later.
He went on to say "This divide between James and Gilbert is political, cultural and economical". Out West, we are witnessing an unparalleled deadlock with six teams separated by just two games and only three certain postseason participants. With the recent news of Kyrie Irving missing the rest of the season, the value of that third seed has risen exponentially.