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James, Williams lead Cavs over Blazers

HOUSTON HIT HIGH NOTES In other matches, the Celtics beat the Heat and the Rockets downed Utah Jazz, with Yao Ming scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds

AP , PORTLAND, OREGON

LeBron James had 34 points and 14 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers held off the Portland Trail Blazers for a 104-98 victory on Wednesday.

Mo Williams added a season-high 33 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers for the Cavaliers. Cleveland made 11 of 19 3-point attempts.

Brandon Roy had 23 points for Portland, and LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 21.

Cleveland, which led by as many as 11 points in the first half, took a 68-59 lead when James hit two consecutive 3-pointers in the third quarter.

But Portland went ahead 82-81 midway through the fourth quarter on Roy’s layup and free throw. Ben Wallace got the lead back for the Cavaliers with a layup, and James hit a 3-pointer.

LAKERS 108, CLIPPERS 97

At Los Angeles, Andrew Bynum scored a career-high 42 points and Kobe Bryant had his second triple-double in three games as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Clippers.

Bynum became the first Lakers player to reach 40 points other than Bryant since Shaquille O’Neal scored 48 against Boston on March 21, 2003.

The 21-year-old center shot 17-of-24 from the floor and 8-of-11 from the foul line, and pulled down 15 rebounds.

Bryant, playing in pain two days after dislocating his right ring finger, added 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for his 16th career triple-double. He hadn’t had a triple-double since April 1, 2005, before accomplishing the feat last Friday night in a 109-103 loss to Orlando.

PISTONS 95, RAPTORS 76

At Auburn Hills, Michigan, Tayshaun Prince scored 12 of his 25 points in the third quarter to help Detroit beat Toronto.

The Pistons used Richard Hamilton as a reserve after the All-Star shooting guard started his first 611 games, including the playoffs, in his seven seasons with the team.

Chris Bosh had 19 points for the Raptors, who have lost seven straight.

Rodney Stuckey scored 17 points and Jason Maxiell had season highs in points (16) and rebounds (11) for Detroit. Allen Iverson scored 11 and reserve Antonio McDyess had 10 points and eight rebounds.

CELTICS 98, HEAT 83

At Miami, Eddie House scored 20 points in the second quarter, finishing with 25 as Boston downed Miami to extend its winning streak to six games.

Ray Allen scored a game-high 27 for the Celtics, who were a season-high 15-for-25 from 3-point range. It matched the most 3s ever allowed by the Heat in their 21 seasons. Kevin Garnett had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Paul Pierce added 14 points for Boston.

Dwyane Wade finished with 25 points, Daequan Cook scored 20 and Michael Beasley added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Miami.


ROCKETS 108, JAZZ 99

At Houston, Yao Ming had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Rafer Alston scored 23 as Houston beat Utah for its sixth win in seven games.

Von Wafer added 21 points, including a pivotal 3-pointer in the closing minutes, and Luis Scola had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Rockets.

Deron Williams had 32 points and 11 assists and Ronnie Brewer had 23 for the Jazz, who’ve dropped seven of their last 10 road games.

Andrei Kirilenko sat out for Utah after leaving Tuesday’s game against Minnesota with a right ankle injury.

KNICKS 114, SUNS 109

At New York, Nate Robinson made up for a momentum-shifting technical foul with 20 points for New York, and Tim Thomas scored all 10 of his points in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter.

New York held Shaquille O’Neal to just one field goal in the second half after he had 18 points in the first.

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