James, 28, youngest to reach 20,000 points
LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points and also surpassed 5,000 assists on a milestone night Wednesday...
AP Sports Writer
OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points and also surpassed 5,000 assists on a milestone night Wednesday, leading the Miami Heat to a 92-75 victory over the undermanned Golden State Warriors.
On a road trip that has had more bad news than good, James rewrote the headlines and the record book. He finished with 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
James eclipsed both marks before halftime, helped Miami go ahead by 34 points in the third quarter and allowed coach Erik Spoelstra to rest his starters — without debate — for the fourth. Dwyane Wade added 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Mario Chalmers scored 15 for the Heat, which had lost three of its past four away from home.
The previous youngest to score 20,000 points was Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who got there when he was 29 years, 122 days old. James was 28 years, 17 days on Wednesday.
Rivers vs. Rivers
BOSTON — New Orleans Hornets rookie Austin Rivers sank a layup and ran past the Boston Celtics' bench on his way back down the floor.
Doc Rivers had to fight his fatherly instinct and ignore him.
"I was about to say something and I didn't; I caught myself. I forgot he was on the other team," the Celtics coach said after facing his son for the first time. "It's just a strange dynamic. I didn't enjoy it, honestly. I know it's neat for everyone else, but as a father, I don't know if I enjoyed that."
Austin Rivers scored eight points as the Hornets beat Boston 90-78 for their sixth win in seven games.
Doc Rivers is the fourth coach to face his son in an NBA game, joining Butch van Breda Kolff, Mike Dunleavy and George Karl.
• Tony Parker had 17 points and 11 assists and Tim Duncan scored 19 to help host San Antonio beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-82, extending the Spurs' home winning streak to 13 games.
• Russell Westbrook scored 32 points, Kevin Martin had 20 and the host Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 117-97.
• Kyrie Irving scored 31 points, Tristan Thompson added 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the host Portland Trail Blazers 93-88.
• DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 16 rebounds while Tyreke Evans and John Salmons each scored 21 points to help the host Sacramento Kings beat the Washington Wizards 95-94.
• The Atlanta Hawks suspended top scorer Josh Smith for the home game against the Brooklyn Nets for "conduct detrimental to the team" after an incident in practice the previous day.