LeBron James scored 26 points to become the youngest player in NBA history to reach 2,000 in a career, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 96-74 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
At 19 years, 272 days old, James is 277 days younger than Kobe Bryant was when he set the mark on Feb. 23, 1999, with the Los Angeles Lakers. James also had seven assists and seven rebounds in 32 minutes.
"I feel more comfortable with myself," James said. "I know my role. I know I'm a better player than last year. I worked hard in the offseason. It's paying off."
Cleveland coach Paul Silas sees James every game. His words carry weight.
"He could average a triple-double," Silas said.
Jeff McInnis scored 16 points for Cleveland.
Around the rim
Grant Hill scored 29 points and Steve Francis added 26, leading the Magic to their fourth win in five games, 105-99, over the 76ers.
Eddie House scored 17 and Emeka Okafor had 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Bobcats clawed the Hawks, 107-92.
Dirk Nowitzki had 32 points and 18 rebounds to power the Mavericks past the Grizzlies, 98-85. Earlier in the day, former NBA coach Mike Fratello talked with Memphis President of Basketball Operations Jerry West about the possibility of replacing Hubie Brown as head coach. Brown retired on Thursday.
Malik Rose had 16 points and Tim Duncan had 13 rebounds as the Spurs routed the Jazz, 109-76.
Andre Miller scored 20 points and the Nuggets overcame Carmelo Anthony's sprained ankle to beat the Rockets, 82-76. Anthony sprained his right ankle in a hard fall in the third quarter. X-rays were negative and the Nuggets say he's day-to-day.