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Monday, Jan. 25, 2010

Cavs edge Thunder

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers are down to their third point guard. Their fourth might be the best in the NBA.

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King's ransom: LeBron James drives to the basket as Thunder forward James Harden defends during the second quarter of their game on Saturday in Cleveland. AP PHOTO

LeBron James had 37 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds and Daniel Gibson hit a 3-pointer with 8.7 seconds left to carry Cleveland to a 100-99 win against Oklahoma City on Saturday night. It was the Thunder's second loss in two nights in the final seconds.

Shaquille O'Neal had a season-high 22 points for Cleveland (34-11).

Injuries to Mo Williams and Delonte West forced Gibson into a starting role for the first time since Dec. 23, 2007. But James ran the Cavs' offense most of the night, scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter and sealing the win with a huge block on Kevin Durant with 0.9 seconds remaining.

"It's just timing. You have to time it up perfect," James said. "I jumped when he jumped, and luckily he landed a little bit before I did."

Heat 115, Kings 84

In Miami, Dwyane Wade had 27 points and eight assists before sitting out the fourth quarter, Michael Beasley added 21 points and 13 rebounds and a bizarre week of blowouts continued for the Heat.

Miami beat Indiana by 30 on Tuesday night, lost to Charlotte by 39 on Wednesday night and won in Washington by 24 on Friday night. Only one of Miami's last nine games has been decided by less than 10 points.

Magic 106, Bobcats 95 (OT)

In Charlotte, Jameer Nelson scored six of his 21 points in overtime and Orlando recovered after blowing a big lead.

Vince Carter also had 21 points to help the Magic end the Bobcats' home winning streak at nine. Orlando scored the first 11 points in overtime.

76ers 107, Pacers 97

In Indianapolis, Elton Brand scored 23 points, and Thaddeus Young had 22 points and 10 rebounds in Philadelphia's second straight victory.

Allen Iverson, recently voted a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, added 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. Danny Granger had 22 points for Indiana. The Pacers have lost four of five after a three-game winning streak.

Bulls 104, Rockets 97

In Houston, Brad Miller scored 25 points in place of the injured Joakim Noah, and Taj Gibson had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago.

Derrick Rose added 20 points for the Bulls, 6-2 in their last eight. Noah was a last-minute scratch for the Bulls because of a left foot injury.

Trail Blazers 97, Pistons 93

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Martell Webster scored a career-high 28 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 for short-handed Portland.

Bucks 127, Timberwolves 94

In Milwaukee, Carlos Delfino scored 24 points, and rookie Brandon Jennings had 18 points and a career-high 13 assists for the Bucks.

Rookie Jonny Flynn led Minnesota with 20 points. The Timberwolves have lost seven of eight and 12 of 14.

Suns 112, Warriors 103

In Phoenix, Goran Dragic scored 18 of his career-high 20 points in the fourth quarter and Steve Nash scored 23 points for Phoenix in the Suns' 10th consecutive victory over Golden State in Phoenix.

Nuggets 116, Hornets 110 (OT)

In Denver, Carmelo Anthony scored four of his 30 points in overtime and added 11 rebounds as Denver beat New Orleans for its season-high sixth straight victory.

Jazz 116, Nets 83

In Salt Lake City, Mehmet Okur had 20 points and 11 rebounds as Utah kept New Jersey winless from 18 games against the Western Conference and 3-40 overall.



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