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James gets Cavs into postseason

LeBron James was 13 years old the last time the Cleveland Cavaliers played in the postseason.

James helped end the long drought last night by scoring 46 points to help the Cavaliers clinch their first playoff berth since 1998 with a 107-94 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Cleveland.

The Cavaliers were low-key about their accomplishment, leaving the floor without celebrating.

''We have bigger goals than that," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. ''If the fans want to celebrate and the city wants to celebrate, that's fine. We expected to be in the playoffs."

James was relentless driving to the basket and shot 16 of 23 as he led the Cavaliers to their sixth straight win.

The Mavericks fell 1 1/2 games behind San Antonio for the best record in the West.

Pistons 101, 76ers 91 -- Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess each scored 18 points to lead visiting Detroit over slumping Philadelphia.

The Sixers have lost 10 of their last 12 games and have only a 1 1/2-game lead over Chicago for the final playoff spot.

Allen Iverson led the Sixers with 28 points.

Nets 86, Grizzlies 74 -- Richard Jefferson scored 27 points and host New Jersey beat Memphis to tie a season high with its 10th straight win.

Vince Carter added 23 points for New Jersey, which also won 10 games in a row from Dec. 16-Jan. 8.

Hawks 94, Pacers 93 -- Al Harrington had 23 points and eight rebounds, helping host Atlanta end a five-game losing streak.

The Hawks kept Peja Stojakovic -- who hit four 3-pointers in the final 4:04 -- from touching the ball on the Pacers' final possession to complete a sweep of the season series for the first time since the 1984-85 season.

Hornets 86, Warriors 85 -- Rasual Butler scored 20 points and hit three 3-pointers in the final 4 1/2 minutes to lead visiting New Orleans to just its second victory in 14 games.

Kings 106, Trail Blazers 90 -- Brad Miller scored 24 points and visiting Sacramento extended Portland's longest losing streak in 20 years to nine games.

Heat 98, Raptors 94 -- Dwyane Wade scored 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, and visiting Miami overcame the absence of injured Shaquille O'Neal (hyperextended left knee) to beat Toronto.

Timberwolves 103, Magic 91 -- Kevin Garnett had 27 points, 19 rebounds, and 6 assists to lead host Minnesota over Orlando.

Jazz 115, Nuggets 104 -- Mehmet Okur scored 24 points, and visiting Utah kept pace in the Western Conference playoff race, beating Denver to remain 1 1/2 games behind the Kings for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Rockets 115, SuperSonics 87 -- Yao Ming had 29 points and host Houston routed Seattle, which missed 18 of its first 21 shots.

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