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  • James, Heat turn away Cavaliers

  • CLEVELAND — As shot after shot dropped through the net, it became clear LeBron James was going to have one of those special nights.
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  • CLEVELAND — As shot after shot dropped through the net, it became clear LeBron James was going to have one of those special nights.
    The kind he has every so often.
    The kind he has when Dwyane Wade sits.
    James scored 43 points — 25 in a bewildering first-quarter shooting display — and Chris Bosh added 21, leading the Miami Heat to a 100-96 win Tuesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who played their first game without injured All-Star guard Kyrie Irving.
    With Wade out resting his sore knees, James took it upon himself to carry the Heat. The same thing happened on March 3 and James responded by scoring a career-high 61 against Charlotte.
    "I don't know, it's one of those zones," James said, trying to explain how he made 10 of 11 shot and five 3-pointers in the dizzying opening quarter. "When I started the game off, I felt like I could have gone for 50 or 60."
    James added two crucial blocks and dropped six free throws in the final two minutes, and Bosh had a key rejection to lead the Heat to just their third win in eight games.
    With Wade out, the Heat's two other megastars picked up the slack.
    Jarrett Jack scored 22 and Dion Waiters added 17 and 11 assists for Cleveland, which was also without starting forward Luol Deng (sprained ankle). Irving's expected to miss two weeks with a strained biceps tendon, an injury that further damages the Cavs' fading playoff hopes. Cleveland fell six games behind Atlanta for the final playoff spot.
    "Our guys hung in there and they competed," Cavs coach Mike Brown said.
    After one quarter, it was: James 25, Cavs 25.
    And like the other 20,000 plus in attendance, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra marveled at James' accuracy.
    "That had nothing to do with me," Spoelstra said. "Truth be told, it's not like I'm absolutely in love with those type of plays, but he had it rolling. So I took a step back for a little bit."
    The four-time MVP had 31 points at halftime and 37 after three quarters, but the Heat entered the final 12 minutes tied as they were unable to shake off the Cavs, who shot 60 percent from the floor through three and had all five starters in double figures.
    With James content to distribute the ball, Bosh scored nine straight points to put Miami ahead 93-88 with 2:24 remaining. Cleveland cut it to three on a basket by Anderson Varejao and had a chance to get closer but James — with an assist from Udonis Haslem — snuffed a dunk attempt by Spencer Hawes. Just 11 seconds later, Bosh turned away Waiters and James made a pair of free throws to make it 95-90 with 1:06 remaining.
    After empty possessions by both teams, James blocked a drive by Waiters and Bosh split a pair of free throws, giving the Heat a 96-90 lead. Jack made two 3-pointers in the final 15.7 seconds, but both times James answered by hitting two free throws to close it out.
    Hawks 118, Raptors 113, OT
    At Atlanta, Jeff Teague equaled his career best with 34 points, Paul Millsap had the first triple-double of his career and the Hawks extended their longest winning streak of the season to five in a row, beating the Raptors.
    Millsap had 19 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Hawks, who have bounced back after losing 14 of 15 to strengthen their hold on the final playoff spot in the East.
    Kings 117, Wizards 111, OT
    At Sacramento, Calif., Isaiah Thomas had his first career triple double with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Kings beat the Wizards.
    DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay each added 24 points for the Kings, who rallied in the fourth to send the game into overtime and snapped a two-game losing streak.
    It was a rare loss for the Wizards, who had won 10 of 13 games before falling to the Kings for the fourth straight time at Sleep Train Arena.
    Warriors 103, Magic 89
    At Oakland, Calif., Stephen Curry had 23 points and five assists, Klay Thompson scored 20 points and the undermanned Warriors overwhelmed the Magic.
    The backcourt duo sparked an 18-4 run at the start of the second half that put the Warriors ahead by 24 points. They became the first pair of teammates in NBA history to combine for at least 400 3-pointers in consecutive seasons.
    David Lee added 20 points and 10 rebounds to help the Warriors offset the absences of Andre Iguodala (right knee tendinitis), Andrew Bogut (left ankle inflammation) and Jermaine O'Neal (undisclosed reasons).
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