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LeBron gets 30,000, but Spurs beat slumping Cavs 114-102

SAN ANTONIO (AP) LeBron James became the youngest player ever with 30,000 career points, then got upstaged by the youngest player on the court.

Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray - a friend and mentee of James - had 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals to lift San Antonio over the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers 114-102 on Tuesday night.

''He's fearless, he's not impressed,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of the 21-year-old. ''He really sets the pace for us. He's a fine defender. He's learning how to play the game and doing a fine job.''

Murray, making his second start since replacing a healthy Tony Parker, needed that fortitude while battling James in the fourth quarter. He soared for a tip follow, then rose to disrupt James' driving layup, which led to a 3-pointer by Danny Green that gave the Spurs a 105-94 lead with 4:20 remaining.

''(Murray) was great,'' said LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 30 points for San Antonio after being selected as an All-Star reserve earlier in the day.

''He's very athletic and he brings something at that position that we haven't had in a while. I was proud of him down the stretch. I thought he kind of grew up tonight.''

James had 28 points while becoming the seventh member of the 30,000-point club, yet he couldn't keep the Cavaliers from dropping their 10th in 13 games.

''I don't ever fully appreciate what I do anytime I accomplish something, no matter if it's a win or a loss,'' James said. ''I'm looking forward to the moment when I can be done with the game and I can sit back with my family and my friends and we can drink some wine and talk about all the accomplishments that I had and feats I was able to accomplish.''

Murray's effort helped San Antonio push past Cleveland in a battle between teams entangled in turmoil.

The Spurs denied reports that injured superstar Kawhi Leonard is unhappy with how the team is handling his right quadriceps tendinopathy and wants to be traded.

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, acknowledged reports that they held a team meeting to address Kevin Love's early exit due to illness from a blowout loss at Oklahoma City and his subsequent absence from the following day's practice. The airing of grievances eventually focused on the team's poor play, which included a 148-124 loss to the Thunder on Saturday.

''If you're going to speak out and talk, you've got to back it up and we didn't do that tonight,'' Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. ''We talked about that this morning.''

Love said the Cavs have a history of thriving on chaos, and they seemed to put the dysfunction aside early as James got the seven points he needed to reach his milestone.

After missing his first two midrange jumpers and a pair of free throws, James made two driving layups and a 20-footer, and then rose above Green for a 19-foot jumper with one second remaining in the first quarter to reach the mark. The shot put Cleveland up 29-25.

At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest player to get 30,000. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there.

''It's just a special moment,'' James said. ''It's something I never set out to do. I'm not even a score-first guy when it comes to playing basketball. I love getting my teammates involved and seeing my teammates be excited about scoring and me getting assists. For me to sit here and be the youngest player ever to reach 30,000 ... I put a lot of work into my game and it's been a byproduct of that.''

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: With 30,021 points, James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the list. ... Iman Shumpert returned after missing two months following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He played seven minutes Nov. 27 against Philadelphia in his previous appearance. ... Cleveland's bench is averaging a franchise best 41.1 points per game this season. ... The Cavs have allowed 100 points in four straight games.

Spurs: Aldridge is the first Spurs player who didn't play his rookie season in San Antonio to make the All-Star team since Artis Gilmore in 1986. ... San Antonio is 38-7 at home against Cleveland. ... Pau Gasol did not play after spraining his right wrist against Indiana on Sunday. ... The Spurs have had at least one player selected for the All-Star Game in 39 of 41 years, missing out in 1989 and 1997.

A CHANGE IS COMING

After resisting making a change to the starting lineup, Lue said he is ready to do so.

''I'm going to make a change,'' Lue said, but declined to specify the move.

NO RELATIONSHIP STATUS UPDATE

Popovich denied reports that Leonard's relationship with the team had soured and that he wanted to be traded from the only franchise he has played with.

''I don't even know why you would ask that,'' Popovich said. ''(The relationship is) no different than it has been for the whole time he's been here.''

ON-THE-JOB TRAINING

James gave Murray some advice after the lanky point guard fouled the Cavaliers' veteran under the basket in the fourth quarter.

''`Great D, don't reach at the end,''' Murray recalled James saying. ''That was a mental thing for me.''

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Host Indiana on Friday night.

Spurs: Visit Memphis on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
L. James
23 SF
L. Aldridge
12 PF
33.9 Min. Per Game 33.9
22.3 Pts. Per Game 22.3
1.9 Ast. Per Game 1.9
8.7 Reb. Per Game 8.7
54.9 Field Goal % 49.0
55.1 Three Point % 48.6
74.5 Free Throw % 83.9
  Bad pass turnover on Derrick Rose, stolen by Dejounte Murray 0:17
  Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman 0:23
  Joffrey Lauvergne missed hook shot 0:26
+ 2 Derrick Rose made jump shot 0:42
+ 2 Dejounte Murray made jump shot 0:49
+ 1 Jae Crowder made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:00
+ 1 Jae Crowder made 1st of 2 free throws 1:00
  Personal foul on Brandon Paul 1:00
+ 3 Patty Mills made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LaMarcus Aldridge 1:16
+ 2 Jae Crowder made layup, assist by Isaiah Thomas 1:35
+ 2 LaMarcus Aldridge made jump shot, assist by Dejounte Murray 1:44
Team Stats
Points 102 114
Field Goals 35-72 (48.6%) 47-94 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 6-21 (28.6%) 8-28 (28.6%)
Free Throws 26-31 (83.9%) 12-16 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 44 49
Offensive 6 13
Defensive 35 32
Team 3 4
Assists 19 23
Steals 6 11
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 18 9
Fouls 14 19
Technicals 0 1
28 PTS, 9 REB, 7 AST
30 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Cavaliers 27-19 29262621102
home team logo Spurs 31-18 25382625114
Team Stats
away team logo Cavaliers 27-19 102.0 PPG 40.2 RPG 19.1 APG
home team logo Spurs 31-18 96.8 PPG 37.6 RPG 19.0 APG
Key Players
L. James SF 33.9 PPG 8.9 RPG 8.8 APG 54.5 FG%
L. Aldridge PF 23.6 PPG 9.2 RPG 2.4 APG 46.3 FG%
Top Scorers
L. James SF 28 PTS 9 REB 7 AST
L. Aldridge PF 30 PTS 8 REB 3 AST
48.6 FG% 50.0
28.6 3PT FG% 28.6
83.9 FT% 75.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 37 28 9 7 0 1 5 0 10/23 2/6 6/10 2 7 47 -10
I. Thomas 27 14 1 2 1 0 3 1 3/9 0/2 8/9 1 0 17 -15
J. Crowder 31 13 4 0 0 0 0 2 4/6 3/4 2/2 0 4 17 -5
K. Love 26 10 11 0 1 0 0 3 4/8 0/1 2/2 0 11 22 -14
J. Smith 28 0 2 2 0 1 2 1 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 2 5 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 37 28 9 7 0 1 5 0 10/23 2/6 6/10 2 7 47 -10
I. Thomas 27 14 1 2 1 0 3 1 3/9 0/2 8/9 1 0 17 -15
J. Crowder 31 13 4 0 0 0 0 2 4/6 3/4 2/2 0 4 17 -5
K. Love 26 10 11 0 1 0 0 3 4/8 0/1 2/2 0 11 22 -14
J. Smith 28 0 2 2 0 1 2 1 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 2 5 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Wade 17 12 6 2 2 0 2 1 6/8 0/0 0/0 1 5 22 -7
J. Green 16 8 4 0 1 0 2 2 3/4 0/0 2/2 2 2 11 -7
T. Thompson 19 8 1 1 1 0 0 2 3/4 0/0 2/2 0 1 12 -3
D. Rose 12 6 0 1 0 1 4 0 1/1 0/0 4/4 0 0 5 +1
K. Korver 14 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 1 12 +3
I. Shumpert 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 -2
C. Osman 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 +2
J. Holland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Perrantes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zizic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Frye - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Calderon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 102 41 19 6 3 18 14 35/72 6/21 26/31 6 35 172 -60
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 40 30 8 3 2 1 2 0 12/18 0/1 6/7 3 5 45 +23
D. Murray 29 19 10 3 7 0 4 4 8/15 0/0 3/4 4 6 38 +3
D. Bertans 29 13 5 3 1 0 0 2 4/9 2/7 3/3 0 5 25 +5
K. Anderson 33 10 12 5 1 1 0 3 5/10 0/0 0/0 3 9 34 +13
D. Green 29 7 5 2 0 2 1 3 3/11 1/7 0/0 1 4 17 +14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 40 30 8 3 2 1 2 0 12/18 0/1 6/7 3 5 45 +23
D. Murray 29 19 10 3 7 0 4 4 8/15 0/0 3/4 4 6 38 +3
D. Bertans 29 13 5 3 1 0 0 2 4/9 2/7 3/3 0 5 25 +5
K. Anderson 33 10 12 5 1 1 0 3 5/10 0/0 0/0 3 9 34 +13
D. Green 29 7 5 2 0 2 1 3 3/11 1/7 0/0 1 4 17 +14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Parker 18 14 0 6 0 0 1 1 7/12 0/1 0/0 0 0 25 +9
P. Mills 19 9 0 1 0 0 0 2 3/7 3/5 0/0 0 0 11 -5
B. Forbes 22 8 1 0 0 0 0 2 3/8 2/6 0/0 0 1 9 +17
J. Lauvergne 11 4 3 0 0 0 1 1 2/3 0/0 0/2 2 1 6 -15
D. Hilliard 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
B. Paul 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 -4
R. Gay - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ginobili - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Gasol - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 114 45 23 11 4 9 19 47/94 8/28 12/16 13 32 211 +60