NBA: James makes history as Cavs beat Hornets, Warriors lose to Grizzlies

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James shoots over the defense of Charlotte Hornets center Frank Kaminsky III during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James shoots over the defense of Charlotte Hornets center Frank Kaminsky III during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. PHOTO: REUTERS/USA TODAY SPORTS

(REUTERS) - LeBron James scored a season-high 44 points and became the first frontcourt player to pass for 7,000 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers recorded a 116-105 National Basketball Association (NBA) win over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday (Dec 10).

The milestone pass was vintage James, a skip pass down the lane to a streaking Tristan Thompson that few other players could even see, let alone complete. It was his highest scoring regular-season effort since returning to Cleveland and matched the 44 points he scored in an overtime loss against the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Finals in 2015.

Memphis stunned Golden State 110-89 at FedExForum for their sixth straight win, holding the Warriors to a season low for points.

The Memphis defence dominated from the start and the Grizzlies scored 30 points off 23 Golden State turnovers. It was only the second time this season that the Warriors failed to score 100 points. Their previous low was 97 in a 20-point setback to the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov 4.