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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.
Rockets 117, Pacers 99
HOUSTON (AP) - Tracy McGrady scored 25 points and Houston got its franchise-record 16th straight win, making the Rockets 4-0 since losing Yao Ming for the season to injury.
The Rockets have won 20 of their last 21, and own the longest win streak in the NBA this season. It's Houston's seventh straight win by at least 10 points, extending a franchise record.
All but two of McGrady's points came in the first half and he had six rebounds and five assists. Rafer Alston added 21 points and had seven assists for the Rockets.
Houston's last 15-game winning streak was in the Rockets championship season of 1993-94.
Danny Granger and Troy Murphy had 17 points apiece to lead Indiana.
Nuggets 126, Suns 113
DENVER (AP) - Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and 13 rebounds and Denver pulled within one game of Golden State for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Allen Iversonscored 31 points to lead the Nuggets and reserve J.R. Smith added six 3-pointers and 20 points.
Amare Stoudemire led Phoenix with 22 points, and Shaquille O'Neal grabbed 18 rebounds and scored 12 points, but the Suns fell to 3-5 since his Suns debut.
Hornets 116, Hawks 101
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Chris Paul had 23 points and 18 assists, and New Orleans tied a franchise record with 15 3-pointers in its victory over Atlanta.
Peja Stojakovic made six 3-pointers and led all scorers with 29 points to help the Hornets to their second straight victory and fourth in five games. Paul and reserve guard Jannero Pargo each made three 3-pointers, and Morris Peterson and rookie Julian Wright each made one.
Joe Johnson scored 24 points and Mike Bibby 21 for Atlanta, which got as close as 62-59 in the third quarter but couldn't keep pace as New Orleans kept hitting from longe range.
Wright scored a career-high 13 points. Tyson Chandler threw down several alley-oop lobs from Paul and finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Pargo had 22 points.
Jazz 105, Timberwolves 76
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Deron Williams had 21 points and 11 assists and Utah won its 17th straight home game.
Utah improved to 26-3 at home and is two wins away from tying the team record for consecutive home wins.
Carlos Boozer had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Mehmet Okur added 15 points and nine boards and Ronnie Brewer scored 16 for the Jazz.
Randy Foye scored 18 points and Al Jefferson had 11 points and 10 assists for the Timberwolves.
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.
Grizzlies 100, Nets 93
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Hakim Warrick scored a season-high 25 points and Memphis snapped a nine-game losing streak by pulling away in the fourth quarter.
Mike Miller added 22 for the Grizzlies, who entered the game 1-39 when tied or trailing entering the final quarter. Darko Milicic added 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Kyle Lowry finished with 15 points, and hit four free throws in the final 28 seconds to preserve the win.
Richard Jefferson led the Nets with 22 points, and Devin Harris, starting his second game since coming to New Jersey in a trade with Dallas for Jason Kidd, scored 20 points and had eight assists. Nenad Krstic scored 16 points and had nine rebounds.
Bucks 118, SuperSonics 106
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Charlie Villanueva had 32 points and 11 rebounds as Milwaukee scored a season-high 118 points in beating Seattle.
Villaneuva, a reserve until replacing Yi Jianlian in the starting lineup in early February, also tied his season highs in assists (three) and blocked shots (two).
Andrew Bogut added 21 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for Milwaukee, which was playing without guard Mo Williams and forward Yi, out with minor injuries.
Kevin Durant had 23 points for Seattle, which lost for the sixth time in seven games and dropped to 6-24 on the road.
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.