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Friday, Jan. 8, 2010

LeBron works his magic on hapless Wizards

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James piled up 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in just three quarters and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to a 121-98 win over the Washington Wizards, who watched troubled guard Gilbert Arenas leave them indefinitely on Wednesday.

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Los Angeles battle: Kobe Bryant of the Lakers drives on the Clippers' Rasual Butler on Wednesday night. AP PHOTO

Shaquille O'Neal added 17 points in 17 minutes as the Cavs posted a season-high for points and won for the 13th time in 15 games.

The Wizards ended a long, draining day with a lopsided loss.

Clippers 102, Lakers 91

In Los Angeles, Baron Davis scored 25 points and the resurgent Clippers rallied to hold off the Lakers, snapping a nine-game losing streak in the so-called battle of Los Angeles.

The Clippers, beat the defending NBA champions for the first time since April 12, 2007.

Celtics 112, Heat 106 (OT)

In Miami, Rajon Rondo scored 25 points, including a buzzer-beating layup after catching Paul Pierce's lob at the end of regulation, and Boston got a wild overtime win over the Heat.

Hawks 119, Nets 89

In Atlanta, Jamal Crawford and the Hawks used one of their best shooting nights of the season to end a four-game losing streak and beat struggling New Jersey.

Raptors 108, Magic 103

In Orlando, Andrea Bargnani and Chris Bosh had 18 points apiece, and Toronto nearly blew an 18-point fourth quarter lead before holding off the Magic.

Hornets 97, Thunder 92

In Oklahoma City, David West scored 19 points, Chris Paul had 14 points and 13 assists and Charlotte moved above .500 for the first time this season by defeating the Thunder.

Warriors 107, T-wolves 100

In Minneapolis, Monta Ellis had 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes as the Warriors snapped an eight-game road losing streak with a victory over the Timberwolves.

Spurs 112, Pistons 92

In San Antonio, Tony Parker and Roger Mason Jr. keyed a decisive run early in the fourth quarter as the Spurs sent the Pistons to their 11th consecutive loss.

Jazz 117, Grizzlies 94

In Salt Lake City, C.J. Miles scored a season-high 24 points and Carlos Boozer added 20 to help the Jazz overcome the absence of Deron Williams and beat the Grizzlies.

Suns 118, Rockets 110

In Phoenix, Steve Nash scored 26 points and had 12 assists as the Suns downed Houston.

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