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James' triple-double lifts Cavs past Blazers

Associated Press / March 20, 2009
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LeBron James had 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists for his 24th career triple-double, leading the Cavaliers to a 97-92 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers last night in Cleveland.

Cleveland committed only two turnovers, tying an NBA record while setting a franchise record, and marking the lowest total in the NBA this season.

James scored 6 points in the overtime period, with his driving basket in the lane after the Cavaliers won the jumpball putting them ahead for good. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added a free throw and a basket, giving the Cavaliers a 91-86 lead with 3:15 left. James hit two more baskets as the Cavaliers outscored Portland, 11-6, in OT.

James scored twice late in regulation to give Cleveland an 86-82 lead, but Brandon Roy, who led Portland with 24 points, hit four free throws in the final 34 seconds to tie the game, the last two coming with 3.4 seconds left.

James missed a running 12-footer and the game went into overtime.

The Cavaliers have won seven straight and 10 of 11. Cleveland, which is 31-1 at home, holds a 4 1/2-game lead over the Celtics for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Portland rallied from an 8-point deficit early in the fourth period.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum, Portland's starting forwards, missed the game because of injuries. Both players were injured in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's 95-85 win over Indiana. Aldridge, the Trail Blazers' second-leading scorer, suffered a concussion while Batum, Portland's best perimeter defender, sprained his left ankle.

Greg Oden, who played one season at Ohio State, had 7 points and nine rebounds in 12 minutes for Portland. He was playing his second game after missing 15 games with a bone chip in his left knee. Ilgauskas scored 21 points for Cleveland.

Lakers 114, Warriors 106 - Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol each scored 21 points, and host los Angeles held off Golden State before heading on the road for two weeks.

The victory kept the Lakers a full game behind Cleveland for the NBA's best record and home-crout advantage throughout the playoffs with 14 games remaining.

Hawks 95, Mavericks 87 - Joe Johnson scored 24 points, and reserve Flip Murray had 19 as Atlanta beat visiting Dallas for the Hawks' seventh straight victory.

Atlanta moved four games ahead of fifth-place Miami in the Eastern Conference standings.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points for Dallas, which was without two starters, swingman Josh Howard, who has a sore left ankle, and forward Erick Dampier, who has a swollen left knee and missed his first game of the season. The Mavericks also didn't have coach Rick Carlisle after the 2:46 mark of the second quarter. Official Derrick Stafford ejected him for arguing. Lead assistant Dwane Casey coached the rest of the game.

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