James Scores 30, Leads Cavaliers Past Celtics, 128-122

CLEVELAND, Sporting Alert – LeBron James collected another double-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers extended their best start to a season in 16-years with a 128-122 win over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

James scored a season-high 30 points, while collecting 12 rebounds and seven assists to lead the way for the Cavaliers (5-0), who won their fourth game in a row at home this season.

The star forward moved within two points shy of passing Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946 points) for 10th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Kevin Love added 26 points and eight rebounds and Kyrie Irving finished with 23 points, six assists and four boards for Cleveland, which shot 48.2 percent from the floor and 41.2 from 3-point range.

Tristan Thompson dominated off the glass for the Cavs, grabbing 14 rebounds to go with his 15 points and three blocks in the win for the reigning NBA champions, who led by as many as 20 points on Thursday night.

Isaiah Thomas led the way for Boston with 30 points and six assists, while Avery Bradley added 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics (3-2), who had their two-game winning streak snapped.

Rookie Jaylen Brown supported with 19 points and made three 3-pointers, with Marcus Smart scoring 14 points off the bench and Tyler Zeller ended with 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the defeat.

Boston shot 48.4 percent from the field at Quicken Loans Arena.

Iman Shumpert scored 15 points and Channing Frye added 11 in the win for the Cavs.

The Cavaliers visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday hoping to extend their run to seven straight wins over the Sixers.

Thomas and the Boston Celtics will entertain the Denver Nuggets on Sunday and they are hoping to have forward Al Horford back.

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