LeBron James throws down jam, stares down Sixers

Chris Mannix believes the Philadelphia 76ers would be the best option for Le Bron James

Chris Mannix believes the Philadelphia 76ers would be the best option for Le Bron James

Taurean Prince scored 23 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and the Atlanta Hawks rallied to beat the Wizards 103-97 on Friday night.

It took another of those patented James' comebacks to down the Wizards, who have dropped seven of nine and are in a three-way battle with Milwaukee and Miami for playoff positioning. And nothing against the surprising Indiana Pacers, who have recovered nicely from Paul George's departure, but it's the same for them.Beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in a postseason series requires a different level that neither team can reach.That leaves just two threats: Philadelphia and Toronto.Beyond everything else that happened Friday night - from LeBron James' latest masterpiece, to Jeff Green's best game, to missing two point guards for the second consecutive night, to getting exploited in transition on the second night of a back-to-back again and almost pulling off a miraculous comeback - the Cavaliers dropping to fourth in the conference was most significant.Cleveland has downplayed its desire to capture the third seed recently. He also shot 6-of-6 at the free-throw line, while LeBron went 7-of-10 from the charity stripe. Personally, the Satoransky three forced me to flip over to the Clippers/Jazz game and at that point, I generally felt happy for the Wiz - they deserved the W. Both are a half-game behind New Orleans.

Markieff Morris had another understated yet productive all-around game Wednesday with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Willie Cauley-Stein led the Kings with 18 points, while MarShon Brooks led Memphis with 23 points after signing a multi-year deal earlier in the day.

Rockets 96, Trail Blazers 94: Chris Paul hit an off-balance layup with 0.8 seconds left to lift Houston past Portland in Houston. They had run it only one other time this season, and Love told ESPN the pair hadn't practiced it since training camp.

Portland's Damian Lillard sat out after spraining his left ankle Tuesday against Dallas.

The Sixers clung to a 128-127 lead with 12.4 seconds left after Jeff Green's three-pointers.

Paul made the victor before crashing to the court. Redick poured in 28 points in the win.

Pacers 126, Warriors 106: Bojan Bogdanovic had 28 points, Victor Oladipo scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half and playoff-bound in beat Golden State in Indianapolis. It's their first season sweep over the Warriors since 2011-12.

The Sixers' victory marked their 13th in a row, representing the franchise's longest winning streak since its last 13-game surge, which covered portions of the 1984-1985 campaign.

After sending The Center into a delirious frenzy with a venue-record 78 points in the first half, the Sixers found themselves fighting for their lives in crunch time.

The sharpshooting Nets were 19 of 39 from 3-point range, dealing a blow to the Bucks' hopes of moving up from the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

In 11 minutes, Fultz scored 10 points (5-8 shooting) and had three rebounds, four assists and two turnovers. Andre Drummond added 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons.

Derrick Favors scored 16 points, and Jonas Jerebko and Alec Burks each had 13. "They played very well, and we might see them down the road".

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