BOSTON — LeBron James of Cleveland stopped short of plowing into New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick during a 103-99 loss Wednesday night in Boston.

James went for a rebound in the fourth quarter when his momentum carried him off the court and into seats on the baseline near Belichick. James knocked over a cameraman but avoided running into Belichick and his girlfriend. The famously stoic coach didn’t show much emotion.

James said after the game that he “definitely slowed up” because he knew who it was, adding, “I’m not taking no legend out.”

James later tweeted that he and Belichick “had a great conversation” after the game. James said, “things like that I’ll remember forever.”

WARRIORS: Golden State signed forward Matt Barnes after losing Kevin Durant to a knee injury.

Barnes, 36, spent two years with the Warriors earlier in his career, helping them to an upset over top-seeded Dallas in the 2007 playoffs.

He played in 54 games with Sacramento this season before being waived.

THE NBA plans to hire more officials, plus change the way they are scheduled and evaluated.

The NBA will launch an Officiating Advisory Council, among a number of initiatives following a six-month review of the officiating program conducted by Byron Spruell, the president of league operations.

CAVALIERS: Free-agent center Andrew Bogut signed with Cleveland, joining the team he faced the past two Junes with a title on the line.

Bogut spent the past four seasons with Golden State, which is on a course to play the Cavaliers for the third straight year in the finals.


BULLS 94, WARRIORS 87: Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and Chicago won at home in Golden State’s first game since Kevin Durant injured his left leg.

Golden State was breathing a little easier after learning Durant probably will play again this season. He was hurt two nights earlier in a loss at Washington.

The NBA-leading Warriors’ league-record regular-season streak without consecutive losses ended at 146 games.

Stephen Curry scored 23 points, and Klay Thompson finished with 13. The star guards combined to hit just 3 of 22 3-pointers, and the Warriors made it back-to-back losses for the first time since April 2015.

Bobby Portis added 17 points and a season-high 13 rebounds for Chicago. The Bulls outscored Golden State 10-2 over the final three minutes to wipe out a one-point deficit and come away with their fifth win in six games.

Butler made all 10 free throws, and had five rebounds and six assists. And Portis had his best game of the season.

Durant is scheduled to be examined again in about a month. If the eight-time All-Star is ready to return at that time, there would be about two weeks left in the regular season.

The Warriors, who beat the Bulls by 31 at home last month, led 85-84 when Butler hit two free throws with 2:53 left to start the game-ending run.

SUNS 120, HORNETS 103: Marquese Chriss scored 17 points and host Phoenix shot a season-best 59.7 percent from the field in beating Charlotte.

Chriss made 6 of 9 shots and missed roughly a full quarter after straining a calf early in the first quarter.

T.J. Warren added 16 points and eight rebounds, and Alan Williams had 16 points and 12 rebounds, including a layup with 2:46 to play that made it 114-99.

Devin Booker had 15 points, nine assists and six rebounds for Phoenix. The Suns are 8-4 against Eastern Conference teams at home this season.

Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 26 points.