LeBron makes strong comeback


PHILADELPHIA, March 13- LeBron James scored 23 points and added 10 assists plus six rebounds in his first NBA game after a six-day layoff, sparking Cleveland past Philadelphia 100-95 on Friday.

The Cavaliers, who improved the NBA’s best record to 51-15, captured their 14th road victory in their past 19 starts and seventh victory in a row at the home arena of the 76ers.

NBA scoring leader James, who sat out two games as a rest and precaution after a minor right ankle injury, hit 7-of-18 from the field and half of his 12 free throws, complaining that he lacked his usual form.

"I felt a little off rhythm," James said. "My wind was a little off, but it felt great to get back on the court with the guys."

"King James" averages 30.0 points, 8.5 assists and 7.2 rebounds but showed off his skills with slam dunks and tenacious defense to power Cleveland’s victory.

"Defensively in the second half, LeBron had some big plays for us on the weak side," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "He definitely made some spectacular plays."

Mo Williams scored 21 points for the Cavaliers while Delonte West added 17 points and Anderson Varejao contributed 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Andre Iguodala scored a game-high 30 points for the 76ers while Elton Brand added 24 points and Samuel Dalembert pulled down a dozen rebounds for the hosts, who have lost 21 of 31 home games this season.