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LeBron James gets Cavs past T'wolves

AMERICAN BASKETBALL The second-year starter led Cleveland with 26 points as Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 25 points and Jeff McInnis had 21 in a well- spread effort

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LeBron James had 26 points with 12 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers answered every time Minnesota threatened in the fourth quarter in a 107-97 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 25 points, and Jeff McInnis had 21 for the Cavaliers, who kept their poise down the stretch against one of the Western Conference's top teams one game after they blew a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost to Boston.

Kevin Garnett had 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for the Timberwolves. Sam Cassell added 19 points, and Troy Hudson 15 -- 10 in a 2:24 span of the fourth -- as Minnesota stormed back.

The Timberwolves played without forward Latrell Sprewell, who sprained his left foot last week.

Heat 108, Celtics 100

In Miami, Dwyane Wade had 33 points and 11 assists, Udonis Haslem scored 18 points and tied a career-high with 17 rebounds, and Miami extended its winning streak to nine games.

The Heat improved to an Eastern Conference-best 20-7, despite not having Shaquille O'Neal -- who missed his first game of the season because of a left calf bruise.

Mavericks 123, Knicks 94

In New York, Josh Howard had career highs of 26 points and 16 rebounds, and Dallas opened a 39-point halftime lead in a demolition victory over New York.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, all in the first half, and Michael Finley added 21 for the Mavericks in what was easily their most lopsided victory of the season.

Nets 94, Bobcats 91

In Charlotte, North Carolina, Richard Jefferson scored 26 points, and New Jersey snapped Charlotte's home-winning streak.

Kings 104, Wizards 93

In Sacramento, California, Peja Stojakovic hit five 3-pointers, and Mike Bibby scored seven of his 24 points in the fourth quarter of Sacramento's 16th victory in 19 games.

Stojakovic scored 26 points and Chris Webber had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings.

Clippers 100, Hornets 91, OT

In Los Angeles, Bobby Simmons scored 30 points, Rick Brunson scored 11 of his 18 in overtime and the Los Angeles Clippers beat New Orleans in overtime after blowing a 21-point, third-quarter lead.

Joey Graham and John Lucas each poured in 21 points as third-ranked Oklahoma State pasted Northwest Oklahoma State, 92-35, in Stillwater.

JamesOn Curry added 14 and Ivan McFarlin chipped in nine points for the Cowboys (9-0), who have won nine straight overall and six in a row at home to start the season. Oklahoma State shot a blistering 15 of 22 from beyond the arc -- a school record -- in a mismatch of monumental proportions against the NAIA school.

No. 4 N Carolina 93, Vermont 65

In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Sean May scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Tarheels to a 93-65 win over Vermont at the Dean Dome.

Rashad McCants added 19 points for the Tar Heels (9-1), who have won nine straight after losing their season opener to Santa Clara. Raymond Felton finished with 10 points and seven assists, as North Carolina was never really threatened.

T.J. Sorrentine finished with 11 points and six assists for Vermont (3-3), which has lost two of three. Taylor Coppenrath led the Catamounts with 13 points.

No. 16 NC State 72, BYU 61

In Provo, Utah, Julius Hodge finished with 22 points and seven rebounds to lead North Carolina State to a 72-61 win over Brigham Young University at the Marriott Center.

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