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Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

LeBron shaken up; Heat outlast CSKA

MIAMI (AP) CSKA Moscow provided one scare, then LeBron James gave Miami another.

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Stand back: Chicago's Luol Deng (center) holds off Toronto's DeMar DeRozan (left) and David Andersen during the Bulls' 109-90 preseason win over the Raptors on Tuesday. AP PHOTO

The Heat survived both.

James scored 22 points in 26 minutes before leaving with leg cramps in the third quarter, Chris Bosh added 17 points and eight rebounds, and the Heat overcame an early 10-point deficit to beat the Euroleague powerhouse 96-85 in an exhibition on Tuesday night.

"I'm fine," said James, who will travel with the Heat to New Orleans but is not expected to play Wednesday — which the two-time reigning MVP revealed postgame was the Heat plan even before the cramping issue. "I can be ready the next game if I needed to play."

Former Duke star Trajan Langdon scored 20 for CSKA Moscow, which got 17 from Jamont Gordon and 15 from Ramunas Siskauskas.

It took a 23-4 run in the third quarter — with James and Bosh combining for 19 of those points — for Miami to create any sort of comfort zone over their Russian guests, who will also face Oklahoma City and Cleveland on their NBA preseason tour before returning to Moscow early next week.

"Second half, we just concentrated on doing our jobs, doing what we do, doing it with effort and doing it right, doing it how we've been trying to do it since training camp," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "And our focus and commitment was better."

Spurs 99, Clippers 97

In Mexico City, Gary Neal hit a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left to complete San Antonio's comeback from an 18-point deficit in a preseason victory over Los Angeles.

Kings 116, Warriors 97

In Sacramento, rookie center DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the Kings to a preseason victory over Golden State.

Jazz 105, Suns 100

In Phoenix, Al Jefferson scored 16 points and Utah made 21 of 24 free throws in the second half, including 19 in a row, to withstand a Suns comeback and earn its third consecutive preseason victory.

Grizzlies 116, Thunder 96

In Tulsa, Okla., Marc Gasol scored 19 points and Memphis remained unbeaten in the preseason. The Grizzlies put all five starters in double figures, shot 66 percent from the field and outscored the Thunder 30-12 in the third quarter to put away the game early.

Bulls 109, Raptors 90

In Chicago, Derrick Rose scored 23 points and the Bulls rode a dominating advantage on the boards to a victory over Toronto.

The Bulls (2-2) hammered the Raptors off the glass on both ends of the court. Chicago outrebounded Toronto 13-3 in the first quarter, 10-4 in the second and 15-8 in the third.

Wizards 107, Hawks 92

In Washington, John Wall scored 19 points in his home debut Tuesday night and the Wizards cruised victory.

T-Wolves 122, Nuggets 108

In Minneapolis, rookie Wesley Johnson scored 16 points and the new-look Timberwolves remained undefeated in the preseason.

Michael Beasley had 21 points and Kevin Love added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves (3-0), who won just 15 games last season.

76ers 103, Celtics 92

In Philadelphia, Marreese Speights scored 19 points and Lou Williams added 16 to lead Philadelphia to its first preseason victory.

Jason Kapono and Jrue Holiday had 12 points each for the Sixers (1-3), who lost 93-65 to the Celtics on Oct. 6 in Manchester, N.H. Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Andres Nocioni all had 10 points for Philadelphia.

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