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Cavs and James sink the Bulls

LeBron James scored 37 points, Damon Jones hit three consecutive 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Bulls, 108-100, last night in Chicago.

James, the NBA's third-leading scorer, was 12 for 25 from the floor -- including 4 of 6 on 3-pointers -- as Cleveland (15-9) won its fourth straight. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers.

Jones capped the decisive 15-0 run in the fourth quarter with three treys, and finished with 15 points.

Larry Hughes started and scored 9 points for Cleveland after missing Wednesday's practice to go to St. Louis to tend to his ailing brother, who had a heart transplant 10 years ago.

''Every family has something that they deal with," Hughes said before the game. ''This is our challenge . . . We have to get through it and just try to stay positive."

After two free throws by Eric Snow, a steal and layup by James, and a basket by Ilgauskas cut the Bulls' lead to 81-80, Jones went to work.

His three with 8:17 left put the Cavaliers ahead, and he hit another to make it a 5-point game. Chicago's Chris Duhon then threw a bad pass, which led to another trey by Jones that made it 89-81 with 7:05 left in the game. Ben Gordon scored 22 points to lead the Bulls, and Andres Nocioni had a season-high 21 points -- including 11 in the third quarter.

Mavericks 105, Kings 95 -- Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 37 points and had 10 rebounds to lift Dallas over host Sacramento.

The Mavericks rebounded from their embarrassing 122-90 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers two nights earlier, when Kobe Bryant scored 62 points.

Nowitzki scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, including 11 straight that broke an 85-85 tie. His final 2 points came on a baseline jumper that put Dallas ahead, 96-85, with 2:35 left.

Mike Bibby scored 22 points for the Kings.

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