James scores 42 to lift Heat over Mavericks, 117-106

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LeBron James scored a season-high 42 points and the Miami Heat tuned up for a showdown with Oklahoma City by beating the Mavericks, 117-106, Tuesday night in Dallas.

James, who had his first 40-point game of the season, scored the first 8 points and 10 overall in a 14-0 run that put the Heat up 106-95 after they trailed by 1 entering the fourth quarter.

Miami came out of the All-Star break by winning for the sixth time in seven games heading into James’s duel with Kevin Durant on Thursday night in Oklahoma City.

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