James goes 10th as Cleveland edge Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) " Lebron James scored 25 points, moving into 10th place on the NBA's career list, and added 14 assists and eight rebounds as the unbeaten Cleveland Cavaliers held off the winless 76ers 102-101 in their NBA match on Saturday night.

The Cavs were pushed to the limit by the 76ers, but James doesn't think that's such a bad thing.

"It's always great to have these kinds of games," James said. "We will clean it up. It's a great learning experience for us. I know we have room for improvement."

Kevin Love added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the reigning champion Cavaliers, who improved to 6-0.

Coach Tyronn Lue wasn't disappointed, either, that the result was so surprisingly close.

"We stayed poised," Lue said. "We were tested tonight. Overall, I'm pleased to come out with a win when we had some adversity."

Joel Embiid scored 22 points, making all four of his 3-point attempts, but the 76ers dropped to 0-5.

James passed Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon by converting a fast-break layup midway through the first quarter. Olajuwon finished his career with 26,946 points.

James now 26,970.

It looked to be an easy night for the Cavaliers at that point. But the 76ers nearly shocked them. Channing Frye's 3-pointer with 1:05 left gave the Cavaliers a 102-101 lead, however, and they were able to hold on.

In San Antonio, Blake Griffin scored a season-high 28 points as the Los Angeles Clippers handed San Antonio a second straight home loss, 116-92.

The Spurs have dropped two straight at the AT&T Center after losing just two regular-season home games in the previous 600 days, including a 40-1 mark last season.

The Clippers shot 50 percent from the field while dominating this battle between one-loss teams.

Jamal Crawford finished with 16 points, J.J. Redick had 14 and Chris Paul had nine points and 10 assists.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and Kawhi Leonard added 14 for the Spurs, but the duo shot a combined 10 for 26 on the second night of a back-to-back.

In Atlanta, Dwight Howard had 20 points and 14 rebounds in his first game against his former teammates while Paul Millsap scored 23 as the Hawks beat Houston 112-97.

The Hawks' scoring was unusually top-heavy. Kent Bazemore shook out of his early season scoring slump with 20 points.

James Harden scored 30 points and continued his hot start to the season by making 10 of 19 shots. He had 12 assists and nine rebounds.

In others games, the Indiana Pacers beat the visiting Chicago Bulls 111-94, Oklahoma won at home against Minnesota 112-92, Orlando held came from behind to win 88-86 at home to Washington, Detroit beat the visiting Denver 103-86, and Milwaukee won 117-91 at home to Sacramento.

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