PHILADELPHIA – The 76ers put up a fight. LeBron James put on a show.
James raised the roof, then lifted the Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh straight win, 95-85 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.
He tied a season high with 37 points and pushed both hands up in the air after several powerful dunks, drawing a rise out of the nearly 20,000 fans at the Wells Fargo Center. He had nine assists and seven rebounds in Cleveland’s 13th win in the last 15 games.
When the Cavs had to put the game away, they turned to James.
“They look at me as the leader of this team and I’ve got to be that way all year round,” James said. “They needed me a lot tonight and I was able to come through.”
James did just about everything right — except catch two balls at once.
Even when James seems fallible he still steals the spotlight. An unsuspecting James was beaned in the face by an errant basketball from Anderson Varejao during pregame warmups. The clip was a hit on social media.
With only four wins, the 76ers were 27th in the league in attendance. But with basketball’s reigning king in the house, the Sixers boasted a near-sellout crowd of 19,226.
“I love these fans here,” James said. “They love their sports.”
Clippers 114, Pelicans 111 (OT)
In Los Angeles, Chris Paul had 25 points and 11 assists, Jamal Crawford added 21 points and the Clippers beat New Orleans in overtime.
Two-time All-Star Anthony Davis, the Pelicans’ leading scorer and rebounder, did not play because of a back contusion.
Trail Blazers 115, Thunder 110
In Portland, Damian Lillard scored 31 points, hitting five 3-pointers in the last 3:07, and the Trail Blazers rallied to beat Oklahoma City.
C.J. McCollum added 22 points for Portland, which hit a season-high 19 3-pointers to snap a three-game losing streak.
Knicks 100, Bucks 88
In New York, Carmelo Anthony had 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, while Kristaps Porzingis had a few more highlight-reel plays during the Knicks’ high-flying third quarter against Milwaukee.
The Knicks broke it open in the third by outshooting and outdunking one of the NBA’s most athletic teams.
Grizzlies 101, Celtics 98
In Memphis, Zach Randolph had 25 points and 13 rebounds and the Grizzlies overcame a 21-point deficit in the second half to beat Boston.
Rockets 107, Pacers 103 (OT)
In Houston, Trevor Ariza scored a season-high 24 points and Corey Brewer hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime.
Mavericks 93, T-Wolves 87
In Minneapolis, Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points, converted a big three-point play and grabbed a key loose ball in the final seconds.
Nuggets 95, Hornets 92
In Denver, Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points, rookie Emmanuel Mudiay added 11 in his first game in a month and the Nuggets extended Charlotte’s losing streak to seven games.
Jazz 86, Lakers 74
In Los Angeles, Gordon Hayward scored 25 points and Utah beat the Lakers to snap a seven-game road losing streak.