James’ triple-double helps Cavs beat the Heat
NEW YORK (Reuters) – LeBron James posted his 10th career
triple-double to come out on top in his showdown with Dwyane
Wade as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Miami 106-99 on Saturday.
James had 47 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists while Wade
had a season-high 44 points as fans were treated to a duel
between two of the NBA’s marquee young stars.
“I haven’t seen players do that in a long, long time,”
Miami coach Pat Riley told reporters after the game.
James and Wade went toe-to-toe for most of the night before
James finally put the Cavaliers ahead to stay with an
electrifying slam dunk with 1:13 remaining.
“We are great friends,” James told reporters. “We love
competing against one another.”
James wound up 16-for-25 from the field and 13-for-14 from
the foul line. He hugged Wade at center court when the game
“I had fun. I know he had fun,” Wade told reporters.
The win was Cleveland’s seventh straight while the Heat
lost for the first time in four.
Miami played without Shaquille O’Neal, who missed his
second straight game with a knee injury, and Alonzo Mourning.
Cleveland (43-29) is looking to lock up fourth place in the
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 12 points and had seven rebounds
for the Cavaliers, while Damon Jones added 10 points.
Udonis Haslem had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Miami,
while Shandon Anderson chipped in with 10 points.
Miami led 53-44 at the half, but the Cavaliers dominated
the fourth quarter, out-scoring the Heat 37-26.
The Heat made just three of its 16 attempts from 3-point
range, while the Cavaliers went 7-for-23 from beyond the arch.
In Milwaukee, Michael Redd scored 39 points as the Bucks
beat the Indiana Pacers 96-89.
The Bucks set an NBA record by making just two turnovers in
the game, beating the record of three which has been done seven
Jermaine O’Neal had 27 points, nine rebounds, five assists
and four blocks in his return from injury, but the Pacers still
slipped a game behind Milwaukee into seventh place in the East.
In Chicago, Kirk Hinrich had 25 points to lead the Bulls
past the Boston Celtics 100-94.
The Bulls had five players in double-digits in scoring,
including Andres Nocioni, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
In San Antonio, Tony Parker had 28 points to lead the Spurs
to a 106-99 win over the Washington Wizards.
Tim Duncan had 16 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio
(Writing by Roger Lajoie in Indianapolis)