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Le Bron James leads Cleveland in carEer best scores in NBA nail-bitter

Dallas, Sunday @peoplesport11 LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 60th career triple-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the short-handed Utah Jazz 109-100 on Saturday night James had his fifth triple-double of the season and third in his last four games.

He had 10 points in the fourth quarter, was 9-of-15 from the field and 10-of-10 at the foul line. Cleveland has won 17 of 18 overall and 11 straight at Quicken Loans Arena.

Center Rudy Gobert (sprained ligament and bone bruise in left knee) and forward Derrick Favors (left-eye laceration) were out for Utah. Kevin Love added 15 for the Cavaliers.

James scored six straight after Utah cut the lead to 102-97 with four minutes left. James scored or assisted on each of Cleveland’s first 13 points. A left-handed dunk off of a lob pass from Jeff Green on a fastbreak late in the first quarter brought the crowd to its feet.

Utah stayed close for most of the game and trailed 70-69 late in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Tabo Sefolosha. Green and Kyle Korver hit 3-pointers and Dwyane Wade converted a three-point play, helping Cleveland build an 89-80 lead.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 14 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs scored the final 13 points of the game, rallying for a 98-96 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Maxi Kleber had 21 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 19 for Dallas in the final regular-season matchup between the Southwest Division rivals. Kleber’s 3-pointer gave Dallas a 96-85 lead with 4:11 remaining, but the Spurs held them scoreless for the remainder of the game.

Aldridge’s fall-away, 11-foot jumper tied the game at 96 with 23.4 seconds remaining and Manu Ginobili’s driving layup with 3.1 seconds was the game-winning shot.

Aldridge had his 12th double-double of the season to help offset the absences of starters Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green. Carmelo Anthony got the cheers but the New York Knicks got the win, shutting out their former All-Star in the second half and beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-96 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

Michael Beasley tied his season high with 30 points in place of injured Kristaps Porzingis, and Doug McDermott, one of the players acquired for Anthony, added 11 of his 13 after halftime to help the Knicks break open the game. – AFP

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