LeBron James finished with a team high 30 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Philadelphia 76ers 106-102 Thursday night.
Midway through the fourth quarter on a baseline move, LeBron thought he had been fouled which resulted in a turnover.
He glared at the nearest official. He stood indignant as the play headed to other end of the court.
Coach Brown called James to the bench for a reminder about hustling back in transition. LeBron had no problem with the coach friendly reminder about playing both ends.
â€œI got to respect Coach for that and get back on defense… instead of standing down there and crying about a foul,’â€ James said. â€œI got a bad habit with that, but I’m working on it.”
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 21 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, and Damon Jones added 14 points. With 7:20 left, Jackson hit a shot clock-beating 30-footer to give the Cavaliers the lead at 93-90.
Larry Hughes sat out the second half for precautionary reasons, nursing a finger injury he sustained Saturday night against Milwaukee.
Donyell Marshall missed the Sixers game with tendonitis in his right elbow. Marshall said the injury isn’t serious and that he would have played if it had been a regular-season game.
Ira Newble missed his sixth consecutive game with a foot strain. Martynas Andriuskevicius (flu-like symptoms) did not make the trip.
This was James first time back at Sovereign Bank Arena since scoring 50 points there in a high school game.