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Thursday, March 18, 2010

LeBron warms up to lead Cavs to win

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) LeBron James was shaky early and spectacular late.

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Cavalier attitude: Cleveland's Mo Williams takes a shot against Detroit's Richard Hamilton on Tuesday. AP PHOTO

James had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists for his fourth triple-double of the season, lifting the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 113-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

"Every point, rebound and assist was needed," Cavs coach Mike Brown said.

The final score was relatively lopsided, but the game wasn't. There were 10 lead changes and 21 ties, the last one with 4:44 left.

The Cavs closed the game by outscoring Detroit 19-7, thanks in large part to James.

He set up Mo Williams for a tiebreaking 3-pointer with a sharp pass from the top of the key to the right corner, then grabbed a rebound, charged up the court and made a drop pass to Anderson Varejao for a five-point cushion.

The Pistons wouldn't go away, pulling within three points three times, before James blocked a shot and made consecutive jumpers to seal the victory.

"The guy's not human," said Detroit's Will Bynum, adding he thought James got away with goaltending on his layup with 1 1/2 minutes left. "When he gets rolling, you just want to try to stop his teammates and hope that's enough."

Those teammates led the way when the superstar had as many turnovers (three) as points late in the first quarter and just five points at halftime.

Williams finished with 20 points, Antawn Jamison had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and reserve Jawad Williams added 10 points.

James missed 10-of-15 shots over the first three quarters and was 5-for-7 in the final one as he added four assists and three rebounds to his total for his 28th career triple-double.

Spurs 88, Heat 76

In Miami, Manu Ginobili scored 22 points, George Hill had 16 and surging San Antonio wasted most of a 25-point, third-quarter lead before beating the Heat.

Lakers 106, Kings 99

In Sacramento, Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, Pau Gasol added 28 points and 11 rebounds, and Los Angeles completed a sweep of its Northern California swing to win its fourth straight.

Suns 152, Timberwolves 114

In Phoenix, Jason Richardson scored 27 points and Amare Stoudemire 25, then sat with the rest of the starters while the Suns' reserves finished off the highest-scoring game by an NBA team this season.

Pacers 99, Bobcats 94

In Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 26 points to help the Pacers deny Charlotte what would have been a franchise-record seventh consecutive victory.

Hawks 108, Nets 84

In East Rutherford, N.J., Jamal Crawford hit a 9.1-meter shot at the buzzer to cap his game-breaking, 15-point second quarter.

Grizzlies 104, Bulls 97

In Memphis, O.J. Mayo scored 24 points, going 4 of 5 from 3-point range, and the Grizzlies sent undermanned Chicago to its eighth straight loss.

Nuggets 97, Wizards 87

In Denver, J.R. Smith scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter.

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