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Even the Bulls can beat LeBron's Cavs

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION LeBron James scored only 18 points and then missed a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left that would have put the Cavaliers ahead

AP , CLEVELAND, OHIO

Dwyane Wade of Miami dunks against the Washington Wizards during their game at the MCI Center in Washington, Friday.

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Jamal Crawford matched a season-high with 30 points and Corie Blount made a huge block in the final minute, leading the Chicago Bulls to an 87-80 win Saturday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Crawford's final basket was a dunk with 21 seconds left after Blount swatted away Kevin Ollie's layup and made a quick outlet pass.

Crawfordshot 12-of-20 and added five assists as the Bulls stopped a four-game losing streak and won for just the fourth time in 19 games.

LeBron James scored 18 points (7-of-24 shooting) and missed a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left that would have put the Cavaliers ahead. Cleveland missed its final seven shots and scored just one point over the last 3:34.

Heat 92, Wizards 84

In Washington, Eddie Jones scored 22 points and Rasual Butler added 10 in the fourth quarter as Miami won its third straight.

Lamar Odom added 17 points and Dwyane Wade had 15 for the Heat, who have won four of six and seven of nine. Wade sprained his right wrist when he was pushed from behind in a scrum under the Heat basket with 1:20 remaining in regulation. X-rays were negative, and he will be reevaluated today.

Larry Hughes led the Wizards with 21 points. Washington, which fell to 0-8 against Atlantic Division teams, has dropped three straight and 11 of 14. Jarvis Hayes added 14 points.

Hornets 109, Hawks 79

In New Orleans, David Wesley scored a season-high 32 points, including five 3-pointers, and the Hornets handed the Hawks their ninth straight road loss.

It was the most dominant performance in weeks for New Orleans, which came in having lost four of five games -- including a blown 16-point, second-half lead in Cleveland on Tuesday.

Wesley, who had some poor shooting nights during the slump, was 13-of-18 from the field. Baron Davis scored 21 points for New Orleans, while P.J. Brown shot 7-of-9 for 16 points to go with nine rebounds. Jamaal Magloire grabbed 11 rebounds.

None of Atlanta starters reached double figures.

Nets 82, Pistons 79

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Jason Kidd had 24 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his league-leading fifth triple-double.

Kidd made all six of his free throws in the final 1:13, and Chauncey Billups missed two 3-pointers in the final seconds.

Kidd shot 7-of-18, including 4-of-5 on 3-pointers, and Richard Jefferson scored 27 for the Atlantic Division-leading Nets, who have won eight of 10.

The reeling Pistons have lost seven of nine.

Knicks 98, Grizzlies 94

In Memphis, Tennessee, Keith Van Horn scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Allan Houston added 23 points.

The win snapped a seven-game road losing streak for the Knicks, while Memphis dropped its fourth straight and had its six-game home winning streak stopped.

Van Horn connected on 10 of 17 shots, and Houston was 9-of-14 from the field as the Knicks shot 52 percent. Kurt Thomas and Frank Williams each had 18 for New York, Williams adding six assists in a reserve role.

Six Grizzlies finished in double figures, led by Pau Gasol with 20 points.

Spurs 98, Magic 83

In San Antonio, the Spurs used a late 15-0 run to break open a tight game and win their 12th straight.

Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 27 points and 16 rebounds, while Tony Parker added a season-high 22 points and Robert Horry had 14 -- his high total with the Spurs.

The Spurs began its winning streak Dec. 5 in Orlando after losing four straight and dropping into last place in the Midwest Division. San Antonio now sits atop the division.

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