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LeBron gets 36 on 76ers

AMERICAN BASKETBALL Cleveland's young rookie sensation scored nearly half of the team's points to give the struggling Cavs a rare win while on the road

AP , PHILADELPHIA

Rodney White, left, of the Denver Nuggets drives around Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Friday. The Lakers won 94-92.

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LeBron James ended Cleveland's 34-game road losing streak with his best shooting performance yet.

James made five 3-pointers and scored 36 points, leading the Cavaliers to an 88-81 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night for Cleveland's first away win since Jan. 12 at Seattle.

"It was great to get a road win," James said. "My teammates are seeing I'm coming into my own. I'm focused and playing hard every game."

Cleveland's road losing streak tied for the second-longest in NBA history behind Sacramento's 43-game streak in the 1990-1991 and 1991-1992 seasons. New Jersey also had a 34-game streak in the 1989-1990 and 1990-1991 campaigns.

James finished 14-of-24, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range. He made all three of his free throws and had four rebounds and five assists.

"I'm a natural-born leader," James said. "My teammates are coming to me now and I've been a leader all my life."

Magic 119, Warriors 93

In Orlando, Florida, Tracy McGrady had 29 points and a season-high 12 assists in leading the resurgent Orlando Magic to their largest victory margin of the season.

Drew Gooden added a season-best 25 points and 13 rebounds off the bench for his seventh double-double of the month.

Rod Strickland had 11 points and a season-high 11 assists in his second straight start as Orlando won at home for just the second time. The Magic had season highs in points, shooting (51.6 percent), field goals (49), 3-pointers (10), assists (32) and rebounding margin (23).

Orlando has won five of seven since snapping a franchise-record 19-game losing skid.

Raptors 105, Knicks 99, OT

In Toronto, Vince Carter scored 10 of Toronto's 12 points in overtime to help the Raptors end a four-game losing skid.

Donyell Marshall added 19 rebounds and 15 points for the Raptors, who are 6-4 since their big trade with Chicago.

New York's Allan Houston forced overtime on a 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left, but he missed two jumpers and turned the ball over in the final 1:30 of overtime.

Houston had 33 points for the Knicks, who have lost seven straight road games and eight of 10 overall. It was their first game since a team meeting following their lopsided loss to Golden State on Tuesday.

Kings 98, Hawks 86

In Atlanta, Brad Miller had his third straight double-double and hit a big 3-pointer late to help the Kings hold off the Hawks.

Miller finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds and Peja Stojakovic scored 31 for the Kings, who have won six of seven games.

Atlanta guard Jason Terry, coming off his first scoreless game in more than two years, had 25 but couldn't stop the Hawks from losing their sixth in a row. Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Nets 97, Wizards 87

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Kenyon Martin had 22 points, 14 rebounds and five assists and the Nets spoiled former assistant coach Eddie Jordan's return to New Jersey.

Richard Jefferson had 18 points and Kerry Kittles 16 as the Nets won for the sixth time in seven games and for the second time this season over Jordan and the Wizards.

The victory put the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions over the .500 mark for the first time since Nov. 1, when they were 2-1.

Jarvis Hayes had 22 points and Larry Hughes 17 for the Wizards, who have lost nine of 11 and fell to 8-17 in Jordan's first season as coach.

Jazz 99, Celtics 96

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