Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)
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LeBron James couldn't get his shot to drop.James struggled before extending his record double-digit scoring streak to 868 games and Cleveland had a rough time with Dallas before putting away the lottery-bound Mavericks 98-87 on Sunday night.James, who broke Michael Jordan's NBA mark for consecutive games with at least 10 points on Friday night, didn't reach 10 until 7:59 remained. He finished just 5 of 21 from the field but found his range when it counted most, draining a pair of 3-pointers during a 15-2 run in the fourth quarter when the Cavs finally finished off the Mavericks.The Cavs were in danger of sliding into fifth place behind Philadelphia and Indiana before waking up in the fourth quarter. They trailed 81-79 before going on an 11-0 run that was capped by a 3 from James, who spent part of Saturday night on stage with pop superstar Justin Timberlake.Nowitzki and James are ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, on the NBA's career scoring list.
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