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Cavs savor romp over Heat, LeBron

CLEVELAND — Cleveland got the win it wanted most.

Despite blowing a 23-point lead, the Cavs beat the Heat 102-90 on Tuesday night, getting a small dose of satisfaction against LeBron James, who was making his second visit to Cleveland since bolting last summer.

J.J. Hickson scored 21 and Anthony Parker scored 20 for the Cavs, who were embarrassed by the Heat 118-90 on Dec. 2 — a night when Cleveland fans unleashed hatred on James.

This time, it was James who left the floor beaten. He finished with 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds and endured constant booing from fans.

James took the loss in stride, giving the Cavs credit.

"Any time we play anybody, we know we're going to get the best out of them," James said. "They came out and played extremely well. It was a good win for them."

For at least one night, Cleveland rocked again.

"This was for the fans and for their support," Cavs guard Daniel Gibson said. "They've stayed behind us, and this was a way of saying thank you."

In the closing seconds, the sellout crowd of 20,562 erupted.

And on the floor afterward, Parker, whose last 3-pointer with 2:47 left capped a 12-0 run, addressed Cavs fans.

"You guys deserve it," he said.

The Heat rallied from a 71-48 deficit, tying it at 83-all on Mike Bibby's seventh 3-pointer with 7:03 left. But Miami went scoreless for 4:24, allowing the Cavs to get their 15th win.

Wade added 24 for the Heat, which had its winning streak stopped at five.

Kings saga: The Anaheim City Council unanimously approved a $75 million bond deal to entice the Kings to relocate to Orange County. Council members voted 5-0 for the measure to a round of applause, calling it another major step in luring the Kings to Honda Center. Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait repeatedly emphasized that the city has no financial risk in the deal and that Anaheim is a conduit for a private investment by Henry Samueli, the billionaire owner of the NHL's Ducks. The Kings must file for relocation by April 18.

Game highlights: Kevin Durant scored 39, Russell Westbrook hit the winning free throw with 11.4 seconds left in overtime, and the host Thunder held on for a 115-114 victory over the Warriors. … Kyle Lowry had 16 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, and the visiting Rockets moved within two games of the final playoff berth in the West with a 112-87 win over the Nets.

Around the league: Timberwolves power forward-center Kevin Love plans to return tonight against the Bulls after missing the past three games with a strained left groin. … Nets guard Deron Williams, out since March 18 with a wrist injury, is expected to return tonight against the Knicks.

Cavaliers 102, Heat 90

MIAMI (90): James 10-21 6-10 27, Bosh 5-14 0-2 10, Dampier 0-0 0-0 0, Bibby 7-11 2-2 23, Wade 8-20 6-8 24, Ilgauskas 0-1 0-0 0, Howard 2-2 0-0 4, Jones 1-6 0-0 2, Anthony 0-2 0-0 0, House 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-78 14-22 90.

CLEVELAND (102): Gee 3-3 0-0 6, Hickson 6-13 9-10 21, Hollins 3-4 7-12 13, Davis 4-10 0-0 10, Parker 7-9 2-3 20, Sessions 3-6 5-8 11, Gibson 2-5 0-0 5, Harangody 4-7 0-0 9, Eyenga 3-6 0-2 7, Graham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-63 23-35 102.

Miami 24 18 28 20— 90

Cleveland 24 29 22 27— 102

3-Point GoalsMiami 10-25 (Bibby 7-11, Wade 2-4, James 1-5, Jones 0-5), Cleveland 9-17 (Parker 4-4, Davis 2-6, Eyenga 1-2, Harangody 1-2, Gibson 1-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 42 (James 10), Cleveland 51 (Hickson 12). AssistsMiami 24 (James 12), Cleveland 25 (Davis 7). Total FoulsMiami 25, Cleveland 23. TechnicalsWade, Hollins. A20,562 (20,562).

Rockets 112, Nets 87

HOUSTON (112): Budinger 4-11 0-0 10, Scola 4-10 0-0 8, Hayes 3-11 2-2 8, Lowry 6-13 1-1 16, Martin 7-18 4-4 20, Lee 4-8 0-0 9, Patterson 6-9 1-1 13, Hill 5-8 1-2 11, Dragic 5-6 0-0 13, Carroll 0-2 0-0 0, Miller 1-1 0-0 2, Harris 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 46-99 9-10 112.

NEW JERSEY (87): Morrow 4-14 0-0 9, Humphries 3-10 0-0 6, Lopez 10-16 2-5 22, Farmar 4-10 0-0 12, Vujacic 4-9 2-2 11, Petro 4-12 1-1 9, Outlaw 1-6 2-2 4, Uzoh 5-7 0-0 10, Graham 1-1 0-0 2, Wright 1-2 0-0 2, Gadzuric 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 37-89 7-10 87.

Houston 34 27 22 29— 112

New Jersey 21 22 20 24— 87

3-Point GoalsHouston 11-23 (Dragic 3-4, Lowry 3-7, Budinger 2-4, Martin 2-6, Lee 1-2), New Jersey 6-16 (Farmar 4-6, Morrow 1-5, Vujacic 1-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsHouston 60 (Hayes 14), New Jersey 49 (Humphries 13). AssistsHouston 30 (Lowry 10), New Jersey 20 (Farmar 7). Total FoulsHouston 8, New Jersey 10. Flagrant Fouls—Outlaw. A13,866 (18,500).

Thunder 115, Warriors 114, OT

GOLDEN STATE (114): Wright 2-13 1-2 7, Lee 11-17 2-3 24, Udoh 4-11 4-4 12, Curry 13-23 4-4 35, Ellis 9-30 0-0 20, Williams 3-4 2-2 10, Amundson 1-1 2-2 4, Thornton 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 44-104 15-17 114.

OKLAHOMA CITY (115): Durant 13-23 10-12 39, Ibaka 9-16 1-1 19, Perkins 0-3 0-2 0, Westbrook 4-15 7-8 15, Sefolosha 2-5 2-2 7, Harden 5-10 3-3 14, Mohammed 3-5 2-2 8, Maynor 2-3 0-0 4, Cook 2-8 3-3 9. Totals 40-88 28-33 115.

Golden State 29 21 27 29 8— 114

Oklahoma City 25 33 20 28 9— 115

3-Point GoalsGolden State 11-26 (Curry 5-8, Williams 2-3, Ellis 2-6, Wright 2-8, Thornton 0-1), Oklahoma City 7-21 (Durant 3-5, Cook 2-8, Sefolosha 1-2, Harden 1-5, Maynor 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 53 (Lee 15), Oklahoma City 62 (Perkins 13). AssistsGolden State 25 (Ellis 11), Oklahoma City 24 (Westbrook 9). Total FoulsGolden State 23, Oklahoma City 20. TechnicalsGolden State defensive three second. A18,203 (18,203).

Playoff chase

EastW L GB GR

1. Chicago-y 53 20— 9

2. Boston-y 51 222 9

3. Miami-x 51 232½8

4. Orlando-x 47 276½ 8

5. Atlanta-x 42 32 11½8

6. Philadelphia 3836 15½ 8

7. New York 3638 17½ 8

8. Indiana 3342 217

Charlotte 3142 229

Milwaukee 29 4424 9

Detroit 26 47 279

West W L GB GR

1. San Antonio-x 57 17— 8

2. L.A. Lakers-y 53 20 3½9

3. Dallas-x5221 4½ 9

4. Oklahoma City-x 4924 7½9

5. Denver 44 29 12½9

6. Portland 4331 148

7. New Orleans 42 32 158

8. Memphis 41 33 168

Houston 3935 188

Phoenix * 36 3620 10

Utah 36 3921½ 7

y-Clinched division x-Clinched playoffs

* Late result not included

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