James scores 25, leads Heat to win over his former team

MIAMI — LeBron James scored 25 points against his former team, leading the Miami Heat to a 114-107 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.

Dwyane Wade added 24 points and Chris Bosh had 22 for the Heat, who squandered a 19-point third-quarter lead and rallied from a two-point deficit with eight unanswered points late in the fourth quarter.

Ray Allen's two free throws with 2:16 remaining capped the run and put the Heat ahead 106-100. Mario Chalmers' corner 3-pointer with 1:36 left increased the lead to 109-101.

Kyrie Irving scored 19 points for the Cavaliers, who played the second half without coach Mike Brown. He was ejected late in the second quarter after he stormed onto the court looking for a foul on Shane Battier's block of Alonzo Gee's layup.

Clippers 113, Wizards 97

At Washington, Chris Paul had 38 points and 12 assists, and Los Angeles shared the ball impeccably in a win over Washington.

The Clippers never trailed and had assists on 27 of their 39 field goals, including 16 of 21 in the first half. They shot 56 percent to finish 4-3 on a road trip that included six Eastern Conference teams, leaving them 6-6 on the season against the pedestrian East and 10-3 against the mighty West.

Lakers 88, Bobcats 85

At Charlotte, N.C., Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 21 points and Los Angeles defeated Charlotte for its first win since Bryant returned from a torn Achilles tendon four games ago.

Bryant was 8 of 15 from the field and hit two free throws with 37 seconds left to put the Lakers ahead for good after they trailed most of the game. Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill had 15 points apiece for Los Angeles. Nick Young scored 13 off the bench.

Spurs 100, Jazz 84

At Salt Lake City, Tim Duncan had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead San Antonio over Utah for its fourth straight victory.

Tony Parker scored 15 points and Kawhi Leonard added 13 to help the Spurs (19-4) coast comfortably past the Jazz (6-20) after a big first-half run.

Mavericks 106, Bucks 93

At Dallas, Brandan Wright led Dallas with 19 points in his season debut, Jose Calderon scored 18 and the Mavericks shrugged off the absence of Dirk Nowitzki and coach Rick Carlisle to beat Milwaukee.

Nowitzki and Carlisle missed the game with an undisclosed illness. Carlisle has been fighting an upper respiratory problem since before a four-game road trip that started last week.

Knicks 111, Hawks 106

At New York, Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points, Andrea Bargnani added 23 and New York pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Pablo Prigioni had a season-high 11 points and was a spark in the decisive 11-0 run midway through the final period as the Knicks finished strong one night after a fourth-quarter flop cost them in Boston.

Raptors 99, Bulls 77

At Chicago, Kyle Lowry scored 16 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 15 points and 11 rebounds in Toronto's victory over Chicago.

DeMar DeRozan scored 15 and Amir Johnson added 14 points and eight rebounds to help the Raptors earn their second win in two nights after dropping six of seven.


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