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James a scoring machine

PRO BASKETBALL LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant as the youngest player to reach 5,000 points in the NBA


LeBron James scored 51 points, becoming the youngest player in NBA history with 5,000 in his career, and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 108-90 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

James wasn't even sure he'd play because of a sore right knee he had X-rayed earlier in the day, but decided shortly before the game to see how it held up. It looked fine as James and the Cavaliers avoided going winless on a six-game road trip.

James, who turned 21 on Dec. 30, needed 45 points to pass Kobe Bryant as the youngest player to reach 5,000. Bryant was 22 when he scored his 5,000th point.

James left to a standing ovation with 1:35 remaining in the game and the Cavs won for the first time in two weeks since a 96-88 victory over the Bucks on Jan. 7.

The Jazz fell to 20-21, the first time they've had a losing record since falling to 16-17 with an 87-65 loss at Memphis on Jan. 6.

Bulls 101, Pacers 89

At Indianapolis, Andres Nocioni scored 20 points and Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago.

Kirk Hinrich added 16 points and seven rebounds as the Bulls handed the Pacers their worst home loss of the season.

Stephen Jackson scored 21 points and reserve Austin Croshere added 16 for the Pacers, who lost for the second straight night and the third time in four games.

Indiana forward Jermaine O'Neal struggled in his return after missing three games with a sprained left ankle. He finished with 13 points and nine rebounds, but was just 4-of-11 from the field and 5-of-10 on free throws.

Magic 83, Kings 78, OT

At Orlando, Florida, Steve Francis had 18 points and nine rebounds, and made four free throws in overtime for the Magic.

Francis also made the basket that forced overtime on a layup with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Mike Bibby then dribbled to the baseline and kicked it out to Brad Miller, who missed a long jumper that would've given the Kings the win.

Bibby had 17 points and five assists, Miller had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Peja Stojakovic added 14 points and eight boards for Sacramento in his second game back after missing three with a protruding disc in his lower back.

Hedo Turkoglu led the Magic with 22 points, while Dwight Howard had 19 points and 15 rebounds and Stevenson chipped in 13 points. Tony Battie had nine points and 10 rebounds for Orlando.

Nets 103, Celtics 83

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Vince Carter scored 25 points and Jacque Vaughn had a season-high 13 off the bench to help New Jersey beat Boston.

Nenad Krstic added 16 points and Scott Padgett scored 13 for New Jersey (22-16), which has won 13 of its last 17 games. Boston (16-24) lost for the sixth time in nine games.

Paul Pierce led Boston with 20 points. A night earlier in Boston, the Celtics shot 51 percent and held off a fourth-quarter Nets rally in a 99-96 win.

Hornets 109, Knicks 98

At New York, Chris Paul knocked down 27 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds to lead New Orleans.

David West scored 19 points and Desmond Mason added 16 for the Hornets (20-20), who have won five of their last six games.

New York (13-26) has lost five straight games. It's the third time this season the Knicks, who were playing their fifth game in seven days, have lost five or more games in a row.

The Knicks were playing their third straight game without Stephon Marbury, who is sidelined with a sprained left shoulder.

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