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|Wednesday, 05 March 2008 17:30|
James shot 16-of-30 from the field, including 7-of-13 from 3-point range, in his second 50-point game this season. One fan in a Cavaliers jersey ran onto the floor toward the Cleveland bench before being turned away by security.
The NBA's scoring leader scored 45 points in a victory over the Knicks in Cleveland on Nov. 2. He fell two points shy of Kobe Bryant, who had a 52-point game on Sunday against Dallas, the highest in the league this season.
Damon Jones added 15 points and Devin Brown had 14 for the Cavs, winners of three straight.
Jamal Crawford scored 25 points, Nate Robinson added 24 and Eddy Curry had 20 for the Knicks, who dropped their fourth in a row. Cleveland outscored New York 35-23 in the final quarter, with James hitting four 3-pointers.
Celtics 90, Pistons 78
BOSTON (AP) - Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 31 points to lead Boston to a bruising victory over Detroit, as the Celtics became the first team in the NBA to clinch a playoff berth and earned the homecourt tiebreaker over their closest competitor.
Boston won its sixth consecutive game and took a four-game lead over Detroit in the Eastern Conference standings. Should the Pistons catch the Celtics in the standings and meet them in the playoffs, Boston would have home-court advantage by virtue of a 2-1 edge in the season series.
Kendrick Perkins had a career-high 20 rebounds to go with his 10 points for the Celtics.
Rasheed Wallace and Chauncey Billups each had 23 points for Detroit.
Raptors 108, Heat 83
MIAMI (AP) - Rasho Nesterovic had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Jamario Moon added 14 points and Toronto embarrassed Miami for the second time this season to snap a three-game skid.
Anthony Parker and Andrea Bargnani each scored 12 points for the Raptors, but Bargnani's night will be best remembered by a scary collision with Miami's Alexander Johnson that knocked the 2006 No. 1 overall pick out of the game early in the third quarter.
Marcus Banks scored 21 points, and Ricky Davis and Dwyane Wade each finished with 16 for Miami, which lost for the 29th time in 32 games to retain the NBA's worst record (11-47).
The Raptors used a 16-0 first-quarter run to take control, and a 15-0 burst in the third quarter to seal their second easy win on the Heat home floor in a month.
Bobcats 118, Warriors 109
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Jason Richardson scored 42 points against his former team, and Charlotte snapped Golden State's four-game winning streak.
Richardson, who spent six seasons with the Warriors before being traded on draft night, was two points shy of his career high. He hit 15 of 32 shots and added seven rebounds to help the Bobcats to their first three-game winning streak of the season.
Raymond Felton added 22 points and Jared Dudley had 10 points and a career-best 18 rebounds for Charlotte, which closed the game on a 13-3 run against the league's top-scoring team.
Monta Ellis scored 32 points, Baron Davis added 30 and Stephen Jackson had 21 for Golden State, which is trying to hold onto the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Magic 122, Wizards 92
WASHINGTON (AP) - Dwight Howard had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Orlando made an emphatic statement in a possible playoff preview by dominating Washington.
The Magic never trailed, took a quick 10-2 lead and hardly looked back in winning their third straight game. They stretched their Southeast Division lead to 9 1/2 games over the Wizards in winning their 40th game, matching their victory total from last season.
Rashard Lewis had 13 of his 17 points in the first half for the Magic, and Keith Bogans went 5-for-5 in the first half for 12 of his 17 points.
Antawn Jamison scored 19 points for the Wizards, who had won four of five and were trying to get back to .500 for the first time since Feb. 8.