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LeBron James entertains MJ


Cavaliers' guard LeBron James, left, drives on Antonio Davis of the Bulls during the second half of their game in Chicago, Saturday.


LeBron James did the No. 23 proud in his idol's house.

With Michael Jordan watching from a skybox, James scored a game-high 32 points and had a career-high 10 assists Saturday night to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their second straight road win, a 95-87 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

"What can you say? He's big-time now," Cleveland coach Paul Silas said. "He hit some big shots, got big rebounds and played defense. We need it, and he provides it for us."

It was James' third double-double of the season, his first since Nov. 29. He was 11-of-22 from the floor, and was 10-of-12 from the line. He also had six rebounds, two steals and two blocks while turning the ball over four times.

"If you knock it all back to the basics of the game, I think you would be hard-pressed to find too many guys in the league that can do those things as well as he can," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said.

The loss spoiled the Bulls' homecoming party. Jordan attended his second game of the year, watching in a suite with former teammates Charles Oakley and Will Perdue. Jay Williams also was at the game, his first since the devastating June motorcycle accident that's threatened his career. Williams, who is still on crutches and is undergoing rehabilitation at Duke, sat behind his old teammates on the floor.

Jamal Crawford finished with 16 points, he was just 7-for-27.

Knicks 103, Hawks 92

In New York, Don Chaney yanked Howard Eisley and inserted Frank Williams early in the third quarter, a snap coaching decision that may have saved Chaney's job.

Williams had four assists in a 15-0 third-quarter run that gave New York the lead for good in a 103-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

The victory was just the third in 11 games for the Knicks (10-18), whose coach is reportedly in danger of being fired if the team continues to languish amid the lower half of the woeful Atlantic Division.

Keith Van Horn scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and Allan Houston also had 20 for New York. Williams contributed nine assists, all but two coming in the second half when he played the majority of the minutes at point guard.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 20 points to lead the Hawks, who lost their seventh straight overall and their eighth consecutive road game.

Hornets 94, Grizzlies 89

In New Orleans, Baron Davis had 25 points and 12 assists, and New Orleans broke out of a shooting slump to snap a three-game losing streak.

Jamaal Magloire added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and P.J. Brown finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, whose skid was its longest this season.

David Wesley, coming off his worst game of the season in New Orleans' loss Thursday night to Sacramento, started strong as the Hornets built an early lead. He finished with 16 points.

Bonzi Wells came off the bench to lead Memphis with 18 points, including a 3-pointer and a finger roll that helped Memphis get as close as 76-72 early in the final period. But New Orleans responded with a 14-4 run.

Bucks 92, Nets 87

In Milwaukee, Tim Thomas scored 16 of his 21 points in the first quarter and Milwaukee scored eight of the final 11 points in a victory over New Jersey.

Michael Redd added 17 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and nine rebounds for Milwaukee.

Kerry Kittles had 20 points for New Jersey, which had won six of its last seven. Jason Kidd added 18 points and 10 assists, but missed 13 of his first 15 shots.

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