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Friday, Nov. 13, 2009

Cavs, LeBron take revenge on Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) LeBron James didn't storm off the court this time. Instead, he shook hands with teammates and anyone who offered, walking to the locker room slowly with an ever-so small grin.

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Balancing act: Golden State's Monta Ellis goes up for a shot in front of Indiana's Solomon Jones on Wednesday night. The Pacers won 108-94. AP PHOTO

He also departed Orlando with the most important thing this time: a win.

James scored 36 points, Shaquille O'Neal provided an inside presence and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic 102-93 on Wednesday night in a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals.

Only this one had a different look.

O'Neal battled boos and bruises to score 10 points and keep Dwight Howard in foul trouble for most of the night, giving James and Co. all the inside strength they sorely lacked last season. Mo Williams added 28 points to help the Cavs take a 15-point halftime lead, go ahead by 20 after three quarters and roll to an easy victory.

"I think we just played with a sense of urgency," James said. "We're in attack mode. The whole game we put pressure on their defense. Shaq put pressure on (Howard). We were able to get him into some foul trouble."

Celtics 105, Jazz 86

In Boston, Rajon Rondo had 14 points and 11 assists to help the Celtics improve to 8-1.

Suns 124, Hornets 104

In Phoenix, Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points and Steve Nash added 12 points and 10 assists for the Suns.

Hawks 114, Knicks 101

In New York, Al Horford scored a season-high 25 points and had nine rebounds, and the Hawks overcame a 14-point deficit.

Spurs 92, Mavericks 83

In San Antonio, Richard Jefferson scored 29 points and the Spurs survived again without Tony Parker and Tim Duncan.

76ers 82, Nets 79

In East Rutherford, N.J., Marreese Speights had a go-ahead three-point play with 1:10 to play.

Trail Blazers 107, T-Wolves 84

In Minneapolis, Greg Oden had 18 points and 11 rebounds in three quarters.

Pacers 108, Warriors 94

In Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 31 points and had a career-high 16.

Raptors 99, Bulls 89

In Toronto, Chris Bosh had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and Jose Calderon scored 18 points.

Bucks 108, Nuggets 102

In Milwaukee, rookie Brandon Jennings scored 14 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, and Andrew Bogut added 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks.

Pistons 98, Bobcats 75

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Charlie Villanueva had a season-high 30 points for Detroit, outscoring Charlotte 18-12 by himself in the third quarter.

Rockets 104, Grizzlies 79

In Houston, Luis Scola had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Carl Landry had 20 points.

Thunder 83, Clippers 79

In Los Angeles, Kevin Durant stepped back and hit the go-ahead jumper from the left corner with 38 seconds left for two of his 30 points.

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