NBA superstar LeBron James has scored a career-high 61 points as he sparked the defending champions to a 124-107 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
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Kobe Bryant, sidelined by injury for all but six games this season, has gained a 16th NBA All-Star nod in fan voting, but indicated on Thursday he’d rather skip the mid-season exhibition.
LeBron James of the Miami Heat is The Associated Press 2013 Male Athlete of the Year, becoming the third basketball player to capture the award in its 83-year history.
Australian centre Andrew Bogut of the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams have each been suspended one game without pay for fighting by the NBA after a weekend altercation.