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James scored 12 in the fourth quarter and didn't come out in the second half while playing a season-best 43 minutes.
With Cleveland leading by five, James poked away a pass intended for Richard Jefferson, streaked to the other end and lifted off one step inside the foul line before smashing the ball through the hoop. Moments later, he dropped an outside jumper and then drove through the lane for a finger roll to give the Cavs an 11-point lead.
Nuggets 88, Bobcats 80
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half, Chauncey Billups added a key three-point play late, and the Nuggets held off the Bobcats to stay unbeaten with Billups in the lineup.
5-73, the undermanned Nuggets turned to Billups and their defense. Charlotte went six straight possessions without a point, while Billups found Nene for a thunderous dunk before Billups' driving layup and free throw on the next possession made it 80-73 with 2:56 left.
The Bobcats couldn't recover, sending coach Larry Brown to his fifth loss in seven games with his newest team.
Jason Richardson scored 23 points to lead the sloppy Bobcats.
Jazz 93, 76ers 80
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 16 rebounds and Deron Williams played for the first time this season to lead the Jazz past the 76ers.
Williams had seven points and nine assists after missing the first six games because of a sprained left ankle he suffered in a preseason game Oct. 18 against Chicago.
Andre Miller scored 25 points, Andre Iguodala had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Elton Brand added 13 for the reeling Sixers, who lost their third in a row and fell to 2-5.
Spurs 92, Knicks 80
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tim Duncan had 23 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists to lead San Antonio over New York in the Spurs' first game without injured guard Tony Parker.
Parker will miss about a month due to a moderate left ankle sprain. The Spurs' other standout guard, Manu Ginobili, has not played this season and isn't scheduled to be back from left ankle surgery until December.
stars, San Antonio had enough to beat New York.
Rookie George Hill started in place of Parker and scored a season-high 12 points.
Lakers 106, Mavericks 99
DALLAS (AP) - Trevor Ariza turned an offensive rebound into an emphatic, go-ahead dunk early in the fourth quarter and Kobe Bryant quickly stretched the lead, sending the Los Angeles Lakers to a victory over the Mavericks.
Ariza's basket put Los Angeles up for the first time since the opening minutes, then Bryant began stretching the lead with a one-handed rebound-dunk on the next possession. Soon after, he scored seven straight points and the Lakers held off the Mavericks down the stretch to improve to 6-0 for the first time since 2001-02, their last championship season.
Dallas' Jason Kidd got the 101st triple-double of his career with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Hawks 113, Bulls 108
CHICAGO (AP) - Al Horford scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as the Hawks remained unbeaten through six games with a victory over the Bulls.
Atlanta's start is its best since the 1997-98 Hawks won their first 11 games.
With leading scorer Joe Johnson suffering through a poor shooting night, the Hawks held off the short-handed Bulls.
who finished with 17 - eight below his average. He shot 4-for-16.
Rookie Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 26 points to match his career high and had a career-best 10 rebounds.
Pistons 100, Kings 92
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Allen Iverson had 30 points and nine assists to win for the first time with his new team, leading the Pistons to a victory over the Kings.
Tayshaun Prince added 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who had lost their first two games since acquiring Iverson from Denver last week for All-Star point guard Chauncey Billups, key reserve Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb.
Sacramento played without its leading scorer, Kevin Martin, who is out at least a week after spraining his left ankle in a victory over Golden State on Sunday. Spencer Hawes scored 19 points for the Kings.
Warriors 113, Timberwolves 110
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Jackson tied the game late in regulation and scored six of his 30 points in overtime, leading the Warriors back from a poor fourth quarter to beat the hapless Timberwolves.
Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 2:16 left in the extra session and the Warriors sent the Timberwolves to their sixth straight loss. Jackson's transition layin with 22.2 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 106 and Rashad McCants missed a 3-pointer from the top of the arc at the buzzer to send the game into extra time.
ts and 12 rebounds for Minnesota, which seemed in control when it led by 10 with 7:06 left.