NBA: James and Durant star in wins for Cavaliers and Oklahoma City

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers (left) and Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder.
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers (left) and Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder.PHOTOS: AFP, EPA

(REUTERS) - LeBron James scored 24 points to move into 12th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list and the Cleveland Cavaliers hammered the Brooklyn Nets 107-87 on Thursday.

James, who also recorded 11 assists, has 26,689 points to move ahead of Dominique Wilkins. He remains 21 points behind Oscar Robertson for 11th and can surpass him on Friday when Cleveland plays at Atlanta.

Kevin Love had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Channing Frye scored 13 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, who lost to the Nets last weekend on the road.

Cleveland moved 2½ games ahead of the idle Toronto Raptors for home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference play-offs.

Thaddeus Young had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Nets, who rested starters Brook Lopez and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Brooklyn have lost their last eight road games with their last victory away from home March 4 in Denver.

Meanwhile, Kevin Durant scored 31 points to lead Oklahoma City to a victory over short-handed Los Angeles Clippers.

Durant shot 10-for-22 from the field and only 1-for-8 from three-point range as he scored at least 20 points for the 60th consecutive game. Russell Westbrook added 26 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. Serge Ibaka scored 16 points to go along with nine rebounds.

Playing without their five regular starters, the Clippers got a career-high 32 points from Austin Rivers and 32 from Jamal Crawford. Rivers shot 12-for-19 from the floor, 7-for-9 from three-point range, and handed out five assists. Crawford had seven assists, and Jeff Green added 19 points.