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LeBron’s 43 lead Heat over Cavaliers

March 19, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 43 points — 25 in a bewildering first-quarter shooting display — and Chris Bosh added 21 to lead the Miami Heat to a 100-96 win Tuesday over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who played their first game without injured All-Star guard Kyrie Irving.

James added two crucial blocks and made six free throws in the final two minutes and Bosh added a key rejection to lead the Heat to just their third win in eight games.

Miami’s Dwyane Wade sat out resting his knees, but the Heat’s two other megastars put away the Cavs.

Jarrett Jack scored 22 and Dion Waiters added 17 and 11 assists for Cleveland, which was also without forward Luol Deng (sprained ankle).

Atlanta’s Jeff Teague equaled his career best with 34 points and Paul Millsap had the first triple-double of his career as the Hawks extended their longest winning streak of the season to five in a row with a 118-113 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors.

Millsap had 19 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Hawks, who have bounced back after losing 14 of 15 to strengthen their hold on the final playoff spot in the East.

The Hawks overcame an early 13-point deficit in a game that went back and forth in the final quarter.

At Sacramento, California, Isaiah Thomas had his first career triple double with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Kings beat the Washington Wizards

117-111 in overtime.

DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay each added 24 points for the Kings.

Bradley Beal had 19 points and Marcin Gortat had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Wizards. Drew Gooden scored 18 points and John Wall had 14 before fouling out in overtime.

In other games, the Portland Trail Blazers edged the Milwaukee Bucks 120-115 Wesley Matthews had 26 points, including a key 3-pointer in overtime, while Stephen Curry had 23 points and five assists to lead Golden State Warriors over the Orlando Magic 103-89.