LeBron racks up 25 points to lead Heat over Cavaliers
APMIAMI -- LeBron James scored 25 points against his former team, leading the Miami Heat to a 114-107 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA on Saturday.
December 16, 2013, 12:16 am TWN
Dwyane Wade added 24 points and Chris Bosh had 22 for the Heat, who squandered a 19-point third-quarter lead and rallied from a two-point deficit with eight unanswered points late in the fourth quarter.
Ray Allen's two free throws with 2:16 remaining capped the run and put the Heat ahead 106-100. Mario Chalmers' corner 3-pointer with 1:36 left increased the lead to 109-101.
Kyrie Irving scored 19 points for the Cavaliers, who played the second half without coach Mike Brown. He was ejected late in the second quarter after he stormed onto the court looking for a foul on Shane Battier's block of Alonzo Gee's layup.
Bosh had a season-high 12 rebounds and James was one rebound and assist short of a triple-double.
Trail Blazers 139, 76ers 105 LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 16 rebounds, Nicolas Batum added 17 points and Portland set a franchise record for 3-pointers with 21 against skidding Philadelphia.
Damian Lillard scored 16 and Dorell Wright had 15 on 5-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Wesley Matthews added 14 points for the Northwest Division leaders, who won their third in a row and improved to 20-4. They became the second NBA team to reach 20 wins, joining the Indiana Pacers (20-3).
Mo Williams also had 14 points for Portland, which put eight players in double figures and moved to 10-2 on the road.
Tony Wroten led the reeling Sixers with 18 points. The 76ers have dropped six straight and 10 of the last 11 games.
Clippers 113, Wizards 97 Chris Paul had 38 points and 12 assists as Los Angeles shared the ball impeccably in a win over Washington.
The Clippers shot 56 percent to finish 4-3 on a road trip that included six Eastern Conference teams, leaving them 6-6 on the season against the pedestrian East and 10-3 against the mighty West.
Paul went 11 for 14 from the field, including 5 for 7 from 3-point range, and made all 11 of his free throws. Jamal Crawford, making his first start since April 2012, finished with 17 points. Blake Griffin added 16 points and nine rebounds. Jared Dudley also had 16 points.
John Wall had 24 points and 12 assists for the Wizards, who have lost four straight since reaching .500 for the first time since 2009. They have lost seven in a row when Nene (foot) doesn't play and are 3-24 without the Brazilian forward since the beginning of last season.
Other games on Saturday:
Lakers 88, Bobcats 85
Spurs 100, Jazz 84
Knicks 111, Hawks 106
Mavericks 106, Bucks 93
Raptors 99, Bulls 77
LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat drives on Anderson Varejao #17 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a game at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida on Saturday, Dec. 14, in this ...