NBA Wrap: LeBron Hits 12,000 Points

LeBron James scored 33 and eclipsed 12,000 points for his career, and the Cleveland Cavaliers remained flawless on their floor by winning their 23rd straight home game, 101-83 over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

James became the fastest player in NBA history to reach the 12,000-point plateau. At 24 years, 35 days, he did it quicker than Los Angeles superstar Kobe Bryant, who was 25 years, 220 days, when he did it.

Daniel Gibson scored 18 and Mo Williams 16 as the Cavaliers broke the club record for consecutive home wins set during the 1988-89 season.

Chris Bosh scored 29 and Jermaine O'Neal 20 to pace Toronto.

Celtics 100, 76ers 99
Ray Allen took a perfect pass from Paul Pierce and buried a baseline 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left to give the Celtics their 12th straight victory.

Andre Iguodala had just hit a fallaway jumper for a 99-97 lead for the Sixers — who led the entire fourth quarter until the final basket.

Kevin Garnett missed his second straight game with the flu. Pierce scored 29 points, Allen had 23 and Glen Davis had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Iguodala scored 22 points and Andre Miller had 21 for Philadelphia.

Timberwolves 116, Pacers 111
Randy Foye scored 19 points, and Minnesota snapped a three-game skid with a victory over Indiana.

Sebastian Telfair and Ryan Gomes each scored 16 points, Kevin Love had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Al Jefferson had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Danny Granger scored 28 points, Mike Dunleavy scored 20 and Troy Murphy added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost back-to-back home games.

Rockets 107, Bulls 100
 Yao Ming scored 28 points, Luis Scola scored 13 points and matched a career high with 18 rebounds, and the Rockets beat Chicago.

Aaron Brooks scored 18 and Tracy McGrady added 16 for the Rockets, who've won six straight and 11 of 12 games against the Bulls.

Luol Deng scored a season-high 28 and Ben Gordon scored 20 for Chicago, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Nets 99, Buck 85
Vince Carter had 15 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his fifth-career triple double, and the Nets spoiled Richard Jefferson's homecoming.

Brook Lopez had 22 points and 12 rebounds to complement Carter, who had his third triple-double with the Nets and first since April 4, 2002, against Washington.

It was the first time back in New Jersey for Jefferson, who spent his first seven seasons with the Nets, after being dealt for Bobby Simmons and Yi Jianlian this past summer.

Although he started off the night by missing his first three shots, Jefferson finished by hitting 7-of-16 from the field to lead Milwaukee with 27 points.

Nuggets 104, Spurs 96
 With Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all sidelined for San Antonio, the Nuggets nearly frittered away a 17-point lead before beating the Spurs.

Ginobili has a bruised hip, and coach Gregg Popovich said he decided to give Duncan and Parker the night off in Denver following the Spurs' overtime win at Golden State Monday night.

Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points, but he had to come back into the game with 8:47 left and the Nuggets clinging to an 80-78 lead. His return had an immediate impact as he spaced the floor and the Nuggets suddenly had open looks and went on a 9-0 run.

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