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Cavaliers post 13th straight

Tayshaun Prince and the Pistons couldn't corral LeBron James (25 points, 12 boards). Tayshaun Prince and the Pistons couldn't corral LeBron James (25 points, 12 boards). (Mark Duncan/Associated Press)
Associated Press / April 1, 2009
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LeBron James refuses to let the Cavaliers lose.

Cleveland's superstar made two crucial 3-point plays down the stretch and finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds as the Cavs won their 13th straight game, 79-73, last night over the Detroit Pistons, who gave the NBA's best home team all it could handle.

The Cavs trailed, 69-67, midway through the fourth when James took over, scoring 8 points and handing out an assist in a 10-0 run.

Cleveland improved to 36-1 at home and became just the sixth team in NBA history to win 16 games in one month.

Richard Hamilton scored 13 for the Pistons.

Bobcats 94, Lakers 84 - Gerald Wallace had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and host Charlotte continued its surprising mastery of Los Angeles.

Raymond Felton added 16 points as the Bobcats completed a season sweep of the Western Conference leaders, who have lost six of seven to Charlotte.

Failing to reach 100 points in consecutive games for the first time since November, the Lakers dropped their second straight. Kobe Bryant scored 25 points but hit just 11 of 28 shots. Lamar Odom added 20 points as the Lakers dropped to 4-2 on their seven-game road trip.

The Bobcats dominated the fourth quarter and held the Lakers to 39 percent shooting to move within one game of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Thunder 96, Spurs 95 - Kevin Durant scored 31 points and visiting Oklahoma City continued to torment San Antonio.

The Thunder led by as much as 17 and denied the Spurs a playoff-clinching win after beating San Antonio for the second time this month. With eight games left, the Spurs lost their slim lead in the Southwest Division and fell into a first-place tie with Houston.

76ers 98, Hawks 85 - Andre Iguodala scored 19 points, Andre Miller added 18 points and 10 assists, and host Philadelphia overcame a season-high 33 points from Josh Smith in its victory over Atlanta.

Hornets 111, Kings 110 - Rasual Butler hit a 3-pointer as time expired and New Orleans survived host Sacramento's late rally.

David West matched his career high with 40 points and Chris Paul had 15 points and 15 assists.

Nuggets 111, Knicks 104 - Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and host Denver clinched a playoff spot by holding on for a victory over New York after blowing most of a 27-point second-quarter lead.

Pacers 107, Bulls 105 - T.J. Ford hit the go-ahead jumper with 3.9 seconds left, and Indiana beat visiting Chicago to tighten the race for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.

Trail Blazers 125, Jazz 104 - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points, Brandon Roy had 25 points and 11 assists, and host Portland beat Utah.

Mavericks 108, Timberwolves 88 - Josh Howard had 14 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes in his return from an 11-game absence because of a sore left ankle, Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and 12 boards, and Dallas beat host Minnesota.

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