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Friday, March 5, 2010

LeBron's double-double ignites Cavs' runaway victory

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.Y. (AP) If LeBron James becomes a free agent, he might have second thoughts about joining the salary-cap friendly New Jersey Nets.

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Tackle basketball: New Jersey's Devin Harris wraps up Cleveland's LeBron James as he goes up for a shot on Wednesday night. The Cavs won 111-92. AP PHOTO

These fans booed him when he dunked.

It happened not only once, but twice in the Cavaliers' 111-92 victory over the Nets on Wednesday night.

Forget that James had 26 points and 14 assists, one shy of his career high. The King disappointed the 17,502 fans at the Izod Center when he gently dunked two first-half fastbreaks instead of putting on a show with rim-rocking jams.

"I guess that's how much they love you when they boo you," James said after the Cavaliers won their fifth straight game by opening a 20-point first-quarter lead and coasting.

When James did unleash a furious dunk later, the fans who made up one of the largest home crowds the worst team in the NBA has drawn this season were back on his side — and no doubt hoping he noticed their appreciation.

The win completed a two-game sweep of the Knicks and Nets over the past three days, the two teams that have a ton of money to throw at James this summer. James put on a show for both.

"From my seat he looked good doing everything," Nets interim coach Kiki Vandeweghe said. "I have seen him enough, seen him on television and a number of times in person and he keeps getting better and better."

Magic 117, Warriors 90

In Orlando, Dwight Howard had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and the Magic cruised to a victory over undermanned Golden State.

Rashard Lewis added 17 points, and Vince Carter finished with 15 to help the Magic win for the fifth time in six games and keep a tight grip on the Eastern Conference's No. 2 playoff seed. They lead Atlanta by two games.

Celtics 104, Bobcats 80

In Boston, Paul Pierce scored 27 points to lead the Celtics to a victory over the Charlotte.

Kevin Garnett added 12 points as Boston won its second straight and beat up on the Bobcats for the third time this season.

Mavericks 112, T-Wolves 109

In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki overcame a slow shooting start to finish with 22 points, including the go-ahead basket, as the Mavericks stretched their winning streak to nine games.

Corey Brewer had 24 points for Minnesota, which has lost 10 of its last 11 games.

Grizzlies 104, Hornets 100

In New Orleans, Mike Conley scored a season-high 26 points and Memphis won its franchise-record fifth-straight road game.

Rockets 84, Kings 81

In Houston, Carl Landry had 22 points and 10 rebounds against his former team to lead Sacramento.

Bucks 100, Wizards 87

In Milwaukee, John Salmons scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and the the Bucks continued their post-All-Star break surge.

Hawks 112, 76ers 93

In Atlanta, Marvin Williams scored 21 points and Jamal Crawford added 20 to power the Hawks past struggling Philadelphia.

Knicks 128, Pistons 104

In New York, Bill Walker was one of four Knicks with 20-plus points, scoring a career-high 22 in his first career start, and New York handed Detroit its fifth straight loss.

Suns 127, Clippers 101

In Los Angeles, Amare Stoudemire had 30 points and 14 rebounds and Phoenix breezed to its second rout of the Clippers in six days.

Trail Blazers 102, Pacers 79

In Portland, Brandon Roy scored 22 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and seven rebounds, and the Trail Blazers cruised to a win over Indiana.

Nuggets 119, Thunder 90

In Denver, Carmelo Anthony outplayed Kevin Durant, scoring 30 points, and the Nuggets took control with a big third quarter to rout Oklahoma City.



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