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Cavaliers: 10 straight home wins

Defense, key 3’s carry Cleveland

Shane Battier supplied the defensive pressure on this play, but LeBron James didn’t have much trouble, scoring 29 against the Rockets. Shane Battier supplied the defensive pressure on this play, but LeBron James didn’t have much trouble, scoring 29 against the Rockets. (Ron Schwane/Associated Press)
Associated Press / December 28, 2009

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LeBron James scored 29 points, Mo Williams added 20, and the Cavaliers used a flurry of 3-pointers and tough defense last night to beat the Rockets in Cleveland, 108-83.

James and Williams combined to make five 3-pointers in less than three minutes early in the third quarter, stretching Cleveland’s lead to 68-53. The margin didn’t dip below 15 the rest of the way.

The Cavaliers have won four straight and nine of 10. Their 10-game winning streak at home is the league’s longest active streak.

The 83 points were a season low for Houston, which started fast before fading. Aaron Brooks had 23 points for the Rockets, but only 5 in the second half.

Spurs 95, Knicks 88 - Tony Parker scored 22 points, Manu Ginobili added 17, and the duo made the key plays in the final minutes for visiting San Antonio.

Tim Duncan finished with 13 points while being outplayed by David Lee, but Parker and Ginobili combined for all of San Antonio’s points after the game was tied at 84 with under 3 1/2 minutes remaining. The Spurs won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Lee matched a season high with 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Mavericks 104, Nuggets 96 - Drew Gooden scored 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki hit a clutch 3-pointer late in the game, helping Dallas hand Denver only its second home loss of the season.

The Mavericks also snapped a five-game, regular-season slide against Denver, a team that dispatched them in five games during the Western Conference semifinals last season.

Raptors 102, Pistons 95 - Chris Bosh had 25 points and 16 rebounds and host Toronto extended its winning streak to four games and dealt Detroit its seventh straight loss.

Heat 114, Pacers 80 - Dwyane Wade scored 25 points in only 28 minutes, Jermaine O’Neal added 19 points against his former team, and host Miami enjoyed its largest victory margin this season.

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