Four-time league MVP LeBron James poured in 57 points for the second-best scoring performance of his career as the Cleveland Cavaliers busted out of a slump with a 130-122 win over the Washington Wizards.
James also delivered 11 rebounds and seven assists on Friday for the Cavaliers who shot 56 percent from the field and improved to 4-5 on the season.
The 32-year-old American sank 23 of 34 shots, including two three-pointers and made all nine of his free throw attempts in front of a crowd of 20,100 at the Capital One Arena in the US capital.
Derrick Rose added 20 points for the Cavaliers, who lost three games during their four-game losing skid by double digits.
Both teams were struggling heading into Friday’s game as the Wizards only added to their woes, having now lost four of their last five.
Bradley Beal scored 36 points for Washington. John Wall had 13 points and 15 assists as the Wizards shot 53.6 percent from the field.
James, who is in his 15th NBA season, finished just four points shy of his career-high 61 set in 2014 against the then-Charlotte Bobcats. (Agence France-Presse)
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