Mo Williams strengthened his argument to be an All-Star by scoring a career-high 43 points, and LeBron James recorded his 20th career triple-double as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Sacramento Kings 117-110 on Tuesday.
Williams, who is hoping to join James on the Eastern Conference team at next month’s All-Star game in Phoenix, had his finest game since joining the Cavs.
The do-it-all point guard went 15-of-24 from the floor, made a career-best seven 3-pointers and added 11 assists and eight rebounds.
James scored 23 points with 15 rebounds and 11 assists, his third triple-double this season. He picked up assist No. 10 in the third quarter with a pass to Williams, who knocked down three consecutive threes — all off feeds from James — in a span of 1:05. Williams was so good, James only had to take 10 shots.
Kevin Martin scored 35 points and John Salmons 21 for the Kings, who lost their sixth straight and dropped to 0-19 against the East.
MAGIC 135, PACERS 111
At Orlando, Florida, Mickael Pietrus had 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead Orlando past Indiana in his first game in almost a month.
Pietrus, who missed the previous 12 games with a broken right wrist, came off the bench to lead a well-balanced Magic attack.
Seven players reached double figures scoring, including Rashard Lewis with 24 points and Dwight Howard with 22.
The Magic, who never trailed, snapped a two-game losing streak.
NUGGETS 100, GRIZZLIES 85
At Memphis, Tennessee, Chauncey Billups scored 14 consecutive points in the third quarter and finished with 29 to lead Denver over Memphis. Billups’ 14-point run allowed the Nuggets to build a 15-point lead en route to their 30th victory of the season.
SPURS 106, JAZZ 100
At Salt Lake City, Tim Duncan had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Manu Ginobili scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as San Antonio edged Utah.