LeBron pours in 43 points as Heat slip past Cleveland

2014-03-18T16:18:09Z 2014-03-18T22:25:04Z LeBron pours in 43 points as Heat slip past ClevelandThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 18, 2014 4:18 pm  • 

CLEVELAND — LeBron 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.

James added two crucial blocks and made six free throws in the final two minutes and Bosh added a key rejection to lead the Heat to just their third win in eight games.

Miami’s Dwyane Wade sat out resting his knees, but the Heat’s two other megastars put away the Cavs.

Jarrett Jack scored 22 and Dion Waiters added 17 and 11 assists for Cleveland, which was also without forward Luol Deng (sprained ankle). Irving is expected to miss two weeks with a strained biceps tendon.

Hawks 118, Raptors 113, OT: In 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.

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.

Warriors 103, Magic 89: In Oakland, Calif., Stephen Curry had 23 points and five assists, Klay Thompson scored 20 points and the undermanned Golden State Warriors overwhelmed Orlando.

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 three-pointers in consecutive seasons.

David Lee added 20 points and 10 rebounds to help the Warriors offset the absences of former Arizona Wildcat Andre Iguodala (right knee tendinitis), Andrew Bogut (left ankle inflammation) and Jermaine O’Neal (undisclosed reasons).

Trail Blazers 120, Bucks 115, OT: In Portland, Ore., Wesley Matthews had 26 points, including a key three-pointer in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame Milwaukee.

Robin Lopez added 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, who had been in a funk with losses in five of their last six games. Portland (44-24) has also struggled with the absence of injured forward LaMarcus Aldridge.

Brandon Knight had 24 points and Ramon Sessions added a season-high 23 for Milwaukee, which lost its fifth straight. 

Kings 117, Wizards 111, OT: In Sacramento, Calif., Isaiah Thomas had his first career triple double with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Sacramento Kings beat the Washington Wizards in overtime.

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.



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