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James helps Cleveland to 12th straight victory

Associated Press / February 10, 2010

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers keep rolling along.

James scored 32 points to lead the Cavaliers to their 12th straight win last night, a 104-97 victory over the New Jersey Nets in Cleveland. The win gives Cleveland the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. The Cavaliers (42-11) also have the best record in the league.

“It’s impressive no matter what league you’re in, no matter who you’re playing against,’’ James said. “To have a 12-game winning streak against the best competition in the world is impressive.’’

New Jersey (4-47) has the NBA’s worst record and has lost seven straight. The Nets played without point guard Devin Harris, who has a sprained left shoulder. Courtney Lee led the Nets with 24 points.

James, who was named the Eastern Conference’s player of the week for the fifth time this season Monday, was 13 of 21 from the field with 11 assists and 3 rebounds.

“He’s an amazing player and keeps getting better and better,’’ New Jersey coach Kiki Vandeweghe said. “There aren’t accolades to describe his game.’’

Bobcats 94, Wizards 92 - Raymond Felton hit a fadeaway 12-footer with 1.9 seconds left as host Charlotte snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Wizards were told earlier in the night that they wouldn’t be able to fly into either Washington-area airport after the game because of the second major snowstorm to hit that area in five days. It meant another night scrambling to find a hotel and more uncertainty for a team that hasn’t been home since it left for what it thought was a brief road trip Feb. 2.

After losing in New York Feb. 3, the Wizards traveled to Orlando and upset the Magic Friday night. They were supposed to fly home right after the game and face Atlanta Saturday, but the airports in Washington were closed.

The Hawks game was eventually postponed and the Wizards decided to stay in Orlando until a flight to Charlotte Monday.

“I had to go shopping, get more clothes,’’ forward Andray Blatche said.

Hawks 108, Grizzlies 94 - Jamal Crawford scored 28 points, including four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, to help Atlanta snap a three-game road losing streak. Crawford scored 14 points in the final period, and was 5-of-7 from 3-point range in the game.

Nuggets 127, Mavericks 91 - Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points in his return after missing eight games because of an ankle injury as host Denver posted its biggest win of the season.

Thunder 89, Trail Blazers 77 - Kevin Durant had 33 points and 11 rebounds to help visiting Oklahoma City extend its season-high winning streak to six games. It was the 25th straight game that Durant has scored 25 or more points - the longest streak since Allen Iverson did it in 27 consecutive games during the 2000-01 season.

Kings 118, Knicks 114 - Tyreke Evans led a fourth-quarter comeback, Kevin Martin scored 9 of his 17 points in overtime, and visiting Sacramento ended a six-game losing streak.

Evans finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists, scoring 12 points in the final seven minutes of regulation after the Knicks had built a 15-point lead.

Heat 99, Rockets 66 - Desperate to snap a five-game losing streak, host Miami raced to its largest halftime lead of the season and beat Houston. The Heat shot 13 for 15 during a 9 1/2-minute stretch in the first half and led, 56-31, at halftime.

Bulls 109, Pacers 101 - Luol Deng had 23 points and 11 rebounds as visiting Chicago rallied to victory.

76ers 119, Timberwolves 97 - Andre Iguodala scored 24 points and four Philadelphia reserves combined for 49 points in a win over visiting Minnesota.

Pistons 93, Bucks 81 - Tayshaun Prince, who has been sidelined most of the season because of a back injury, scored a season-high 18 points to lift visiting Detroit.

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