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James outruns Suns

LeBron James scored 32 of his 44 points in the second half, bringing Cleveland back almost all by himself as the Cavaliers rallied for their fifth straight win, 113-106, over the Phoenix Suns yesterday in Cleveland.

James added 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who were trailing by 17 midway through the third quarter when their third-year superstar took control of the tempo, the game and the Suns.

He scored 16 points in the third and added another 16 in the fourth when Cleveland's defense held the NBA's highest-scoring team to 19. James delivered a breathtaking five-second span in the fourth period during which he showed his complete game.

First, he hustled back on defense to block a floating layup by Leandro Barbosa, who didn't realize James was closing on him. James retrieved the ball and drove past Boris Diaw at the other end for a vicious, righthanded dunk that gave the Cavaliers a 97-93 lead.

Pistons 102, Lakers 93 -- Rasheed Wallace paced five Pistons in double figures with 24 points and host Detroit pulled away in the third quarter on its way to a victory over Los Angeles.

With its season-high 11th straight win, Detroit improved to an NBA-best 37-5 and tied the fourth-best record through 42 games in NBA history.

Kobe Bryant had 39 points on 12-of-28 shooting, a week after scoring 81 -- the second-highest point total in NBA history. Chris Mihm, Bryant's only teammate with more than 9 points, had 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Raptors 124, Kings 123 -- Jalen Rose's jumper with .4 seconds left in overtime gave host Toronto a victory over Sacramento, ending a four-game skid. Mike Bibby had 42 points and Ron Artest had 24 in his second game with Sacramento.

Heat 101, Rockets 95 -- Dwyane Wade had 32 points and nine assists to lead visiting Miami to a win over Houston. Shaquille O'Neal added 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who've won eight of their last 11. O'Neal also hit a season-high 12 free throws, although he missed five of his last six attempts.

76ers 89, Magic 81-- Chris Webber (18 points) had two key jumpers during an 8-0 run late in the game that pushed visiting Philadelphia past Orlando. It was the 76ers' fifth win in six games.

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