WASHINGTON (AP) -- LeBron James had his own Super Sunday.
The Cleveland Cavaliers' No. 1 overall draft pick did it all,
good and bad. He scored a career-high 38 points and got his first
NBA technical foul in Sunday's 104-100 victory over the Washington
"I was feeling it," he said. "My teammates kept feeding me
the ball, and I was able to get the shots I wanted."
James' line in the box score was a mouthful. He went 14-for-27
from the field, 9-for-11 from the free-throw line and had six
rebounds, four assists, two blocks and six turnovers. He also
committed three offensive fouls and made four three-point plays,
including three during his 19-point third quarter when the
Cleveland took the lead for good.
"He carried the load," Washington coach Eddie Jordan said.
"He is one heck of a player, and that's what this league is made
of -- star players carrying their team."
James' technical came with 3:02 to play and the Cavaliers
leading comfortably. He looked unhappy when he didn't draw a foul
while trying to put back an offensive rebound, then flung his
headband into the crowd.
"I didn't say nothing," James said. "I just threw my headband
into the crowd, and he gave me a T."
Carlos Boozer's game was nearly as impressive. He had 21 points,
14 rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Cavaliers, who
improved to 5-20 on the road and have won six of eight. Cleveland
got its 18th victory, surpassing its win total from last season,
despite committing 24 turnovers.
Washington's Jerry Stackhouse, activated from the injured list,
scored 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting -- including a pair of air
balls -- in his first game this season. Stackhouse had knee surgery
Rookie Jarvis Hayes scored 20 points to lead the Wizards, who
fell to 2-3 in a seven-game homestand. Jordan responded with some
of his most critical remarks of the season, saying his players
didn't match Cleveland's hard work and grit.
"We're trying to change a losing culture here, and it's not
easy," Jordan said. "We're taking baby steps. We're having
setbacks, and we're going to keep plugging it."
Jordan said change is needed "everywhere" in a franchise that
hasn't won a playoff game in 16 years.
"The people have to change, or you have to change the people,"
The talk of both locker rooms was James, and the calls he did
and didn't get. He was fortunate not to get a fourth offensive foul
when he stuck his right arm in Stackhouse's chest on a drive early
in the fourth quarter. Stackhouse was called for the foul, and an
incensed Jordan was quickly on the court, drawing a technical.
After that, the calls seem to go against James.
"This is a man's league, and sometimes you ain't going to get
the foul," Cleveland coach Paul Silas said. "I know we've got a
teenager playing in it, but, hey, you see his body and you'll think
he's a man."
Added James: "We are professionals here. Hopefully I'll keep
getting respect. I know my rookie year I'm going to get a little
bit. But I keep gaining it, keep playing my basketball, and keep
James led the Cavaliers to a 14-point lead going into the fourth
quarter. The Wizards never got closer than double digits until the
game's final minute, when a stream of turnovers -- including a bad
pass by James -- helped Washington finish the game with a 20-9 run.
James made seven of 10 shots in the third quarter, giving him
another chance to compare himself with Michael Jordan.
"I wear No. 23 for a reason," James said, "so I guess that's
what he felt like when he used to heat up."
The Cavaliers were unable to return home after their victory because of mechanical problems with the team plane. Cavaliers spokesman Tad Carper in Cleveland said the team was
waiting on a replacement part to arrive in Washington. ... James' previous high had been 37 points against Boston on
Dec. 13. ... The Wizards made three starting lineup changes:
Stackhouse for Hayes, Brendan Haywood for Etan Thomas, and
Christian Laettner for Kwame Brown. Brown broke his nose when he
took an elbow from Torraye Braggs during warmups and didn't play
until the second half. It was Washington's 15th different starting
lineup this season. ... To make room for Stackhouse on the roster,
the Wizards placed guard Mitchell Butler on the injured list with
right knee tendinitis. ... The teams meet again in Cleveland on