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Sunday, March 20, 2011

LeBron drops 43 on Hawks in win

ATLANTA (AP) Nothing personal, Heat fans, but LeBron James loves playing away from Miami.

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Veteran move: Phoenix's Steve Nash drives by Golden State's Monta Ellis in the first quarter on Friday night. The Suns beat the Warriors 108-97. AP PHOTO

Greeted by scattered boos from a sellout crowd following his trademark chalk clap at the scorer's table before the game, James just smiled. It was a reminder he was playing on the road, where he says he has his best games.

James scored 43 points, including 23 in a dominant third quarter, and the Heat beat the slumping Atlanta Hawks 106-85 on Friday night.

When asked what led to his big game, James said: "Just the road."

"That's the similarity," he said. "All on the road. I enjoy being on the road, I enjoy playing against not only the opposing players but the opposing fans. It's fun."

James' season high was 51 points at Orlando on Feb. 3. He began the night averaging 27.2 points on the road and 25.0 in Miami.

Chris Bosh had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade had 14 points as Miami rolled to the runaway win in its first visit of the season to Atlanta.

James made 16 of 21 shots, including five 3-pointers. He outscored the Hawks 23-20 in the third quarter.

Marvin Williams scored 15 points and Damien Wilkins had 14 for Atlanta, which has lost seven of 10.

Spurs 97, Mavericks 91

In Dallas, Tony Parker scored 33 points and Manu Ginobili had 25 for the Spurs, who were playing for the first time since being thrashed by Miami on Monday.

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 23 points.

Magic 85, Nuggets 82

In Orlando, Jameer Nelson swished a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer to give the Magic a dramatic win over Denver.

Dwight Howard led five Magic players in double figures with 16 points and 18 rebounds.

Rockets 93, Celtics 77

In Houston, Kevin Martin scored 25 points to help the Rockets rout Boston.

Pacers 115, Bulls 108 (OT)

In Indianapolis, Indiana beat Chicago in overtime, snapping the Bulls' eight-game winning streak.

Tyler Hansbrough had 29 points and 12 rebounds and Danny Granger scored 19 points for the Pacers.

Derrick Rose tied a career high with 42 points for the Bulls.

Thunder 99, Bobcats 82

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 25 points as the Thunder downed Charlotte.

Lakers 106, Timberwolves 98

In Los Angeles, the Lakers overcame Andrew Bynum's fourth-quarter ejection to beat Minnesota for the 15th straight time.

Pau Gasol scored 25 points for the Lakers, who have won 11 of 12 since All-Star weekend.

Suns 108, Warriors 97

In Phoenix, Channing Frye scored 17 points in his return from a dislocated right shoulder as the Suns ran past Golden State.

Pistons 99, Knicks 95

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Chris Wilcox threw down a one-handed dunk off a missed shot with 53 seconds left to help Detroit rally from an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat New York.

76ers 102, Kings 80

In Sacramento, Jrue Holiday had 15 points and nine rebounds for the 76ers, who led by 26 after three quarters in a rout of the Kings.

Bucks 110, Nets 95

In Milwaukee, Carlos Delfino scored 26 points, making a career-high eight 3-pointers, and John Salmons added 25 points to help the Bucks down New Jersey.

Raptors 116, Wizards 107

In Toronto, Andrea Bargnani scored 33 points and DeMar DeRozan had 30 for the Raptors in a win over Washington.

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