CLEVELAND (AP) - First, the billboards.
James also had nine rebounds and eight assists but Cleveland, who closed within one point with 2min 25sec remaining after trailing by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter, were never able to get in front.
The soup tossing happened after the team's morning shootaround, and Smith sat out Thursday night's loss against Philadelphia, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday. "Instead of trying to make the spectacular passes we were just making the simple one and that's what a lot of times leads to good, open rhythm shots - and we were able to make some of those". "Power, speed, quickness, size, court awareness".
James had a jaw-dropping, behind-the-back dribble in traffic that went between Tristan Thompson's legs before James scored and was fouled.
We now have clues as to what the "detrimental conduct" was that got Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith suspended for one game. On Thursday, he did some on-court work while wearing a padded glove to protect the fracture he sustained on January 29. However, that would be it for the Cavs, who were outscored 8-1 the rest of the way.
If the Pacers win and the Sixers win at home against the Hornets tomorrow, the Sixers will move into fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
The 76ers led 82-71 after an interior hoop by newcomer Ersan Ilyasova with 9:07 to play before LeBron James had two hoops and teammates Kyle Korver and Rodney Hood each buried a 3-pointer in a 14-3 burst that produced an 85-all tie.
Larry Nance Jr. had another strong performance off the bench - chipping in with 13 points and seven boards, going 5-for-7 from the floor, adding a steal and leading both squads with three blocks on the night.
By the Numbers - 927 ... career games that LeBron James has scored at least 20 points - moving him past Michael Jordan for 4th-most on the NBA's all-time list.