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James heats up late as Cavs top Celtics

Cavaliers star LeBron James, right, drives against Boston’s Jae Crowder. James had 28 points, 20 in the second half.

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Cavaliers star LeBron James, right, drives against Boston’s Jae Crowder. James had 28 points, 20 in the second half.

CLEVELAND — LeBron James had 20 of his 28 points in the second half, and Cleveland had seven other players in double figures Saturday night as the Cavaliers shook off a slow start for a 120-103 win over the Celtics.

The Cavs were down 18 points in the first quarter but regrouped and stopped Boston's winning streak at five games.

Kyrie Irving added 21 points and Iman Shumpert ended a shooting slump to add 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for Cleveland, which moved 21/2 games ahead of Toronto for the best record in the Eastern Conference. James also had 11 rebounds and eight assists.

James, with 26,378 points, passed Tim Duncan for 14th place on the NBA's career scoring list. Duncan (26,366) was held out of Saturday's late Spurs game against the Kings to get rest.

Next up for James is John Havlicek (26,395).

James scored in double figures for the 700th straight regular-season game. His streak began Jan. 6, 2007. Michael Jordan holds the record, with at least 10 points in 866 consecutive games. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it 787 times in a row.

Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 27 points and Jared Sullinger had 17 with 13 rebounds.

The Cavs led by seven in the fourth quarter when they opened some distance over the up-and-coming Celtics with a 7-0 run triggered by a 3-pointer by J.R. Smith. On Cleveland's next possession, James blasted down the lane for a layup and Shumpert capped the spurt with a jumper. Smith, who added 14 points, later knocked down a 3-pointer with 2:03 left, ending any thought Boston had of a late comeback.

On their previous visit to Cleveland, the Celtics rallied in the final seconds to beat the Cavs 104-103 on Feb. 5. Avery Bradley hit a winning 3-pointer from the corner at the horn for Boston, which trailed by four with 7 seconds remaining.

"Let's be honest, we were really lucky to win here last time," coach Brad Stevens said. "That was a very fortunate deal."

Game highlights: Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and 10 rebounds and the host Knicks got a rare win even without injured rookie Kristaps Porzingis, beating the Pistons 102-89. Porzingis, the Knicks' second-leading scorer at 14 points a game, was ruled out a little less than an hour before the game with a bruised lower left leg. The team said X-rays showed no damage. … Derrick Favors had 28 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks to help the visiting Jazz snap a five-game losing streak with a 106-94 victory over the Pelicans. New Orleans guard Eric Gordon broke his right ring finger for the second time this season. … Paul George scored 38, including two free throws with 3 seconds left, to lift the visiting Pacers past the Wizards 100-99. Wizards guard and former Florida standout Bradley Beal left midway through the third quarter with a sprained pelvis after taking a fall.

Bosh post on Twitter: 'Feeling great!'

MIAMI — Chris Bosh offered a slight update on his health, his first public hint of how he's doing since withdrawing from the NBA All-Star Game three weeks ago.

"Feeling good! Feeling great!" Bosh wrote on Twitter, along with a separate mention that he worked out Saturday.

Bosh was ruled out of the All-Star Game with what was called a calf strain. The Associated Press later reported that a blood clot was found in his calf and that he was back on blood-thinning medication — just as he was last year when his season ended at the All-Star break.

Neither the team nor Bosh has confirmed the second clot, though this situation clearly is not as severe as he faced last year. At that time, he was hospitalized for several days after a clot worked into one of his lungs.

Athletes on blood thinners typically are prohibited from contact sports, given the higher risk of bleeding. It's unclear if Bosh is still on blood-thinning medication.

Around the league: Jimmy Butler started in Chicago's late game against Houston after missing 11 games with a strained left knee. The two-time All-Star shooting guard hadn't played since Feb. 5. … Lakers rookie forward Anthony Brown will miss at least four weeks with a stress reaction in his right foot. … The Thunder signed free-agent center Nazr Mohammed, 38, who has not played in the NBA since last season, when he appeared in 23 games with the Bulls. … The Pacers put forward Chase Budinger on waivers. … The Suns waived guard Sonny Weems, Yahoo Sports reported. … Free agent guard Kevin Martin, who reached a buyout deal with the Timberwolves last week, agreed to a deal with the Spurs, ESPN reported.

Cavaliers 120, Celtics 103

BOSTON (103): Crowder 3-11 4-4 12, Sullinger 8-17 1-2 17, Johnson 3-4 2-5 8, Thomas 9-15 5-8 27, Bradley 4-12 2-2 12, Turner 5-9 1-2 11, Smart 1-4 0-0 3, Jerebko 2-3 0-0 5, Zeller 2-4 4-4 8, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Rozier 0-1 0-0 0, Mickey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-80 19-27 103.

CLEVELAND (120): James 11-20 5-9 28, Love 1-6 8-9 10, Mozgov 4-4 2-2 10, Irving 7-13 3-4 20, Smith 5-15 0-0 14, Thompson 4-6 4-5 12, Shumpert 4-8 2-2 12, Dellavedova 4-6 2-3 10, Jefferson 1-3 0-0 2, Kaun 1-1 0-0 2, McRae 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-82 26-34 120.

Boston 35 19 29 20— 103

Cleveland 22 33 36 29— 120

3-Point GoalsBoston 10-23 (Thomas 4-6, Bradley 2-6, Crowder 2-6, Smart 1-2, Jerebko 1-2, Sullinger 0-1), Cleveland 10-30 (Smith 4-10, Irving 3-6, Shumpert 2-4, James 1-4, Jefferson 0-1, Dellavedova 0-2, Love 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 44 (Sullinger 13), Cleveland 55 (Shumpert 16). AssistsBoston 17 (Bradley 5), Cleveland 27 (James 8). Total FoulsBoston 22, Cleveland 21. TechnicalsSmart, Sullinger. Flagrant Fouls—Johnson. A20,562 (20,562).

Pacers 100, Wizards 99

INDIANA (100): George 13-22 8-8 38, Turner 2-9 0-0 4, Mahinmi 3-8 2-2 8, G.Hill 4-10 2-2 12, Ellis 8-20 0-0 17, Stuckey 2-4 2-2 6, J.Hill 4-6 2-2 10, Allen 0-1 2-2 2, S.Hill 1-3 1-2 3. Totals 37-83 19-20 100.

WASHINGTON (99): Porter 3-6 0-0 6, Morris 6-11 1-2 14, Gortat 3-8 2-4 8, Wall 9-24 6-8 25, Beal 5-13 0-0 12, Anderson 3-6 2-2 9, Temple 5-7 0-0 11, Dudley 1-3 0-0 2, Sessions 0-6 2-2 2, Nene 4-5 2-6 10. Totals 39-89 15-24 99.

Indiana 31 25 22 22— 100

Washington 37 27 16 19— 99

3-Point GoalsIndiana 7-21 (George 4-7, G.Hill 2-6, Ellis 1-6, S.Hill 0-2), Washington 6-15 (Beal 2-4, Morris 1-1, Anderson 1-2, Temple 1-2, Wall 1-4, Sessions 0-1, Porter 0-1). Fouled OutMahinmi. ReboundsIndiana 45 (J.Hill 9), Washington 61 (Gortat 17). AssistsIndiana 14 (G.Hill 5), Washington 25 (Wall 12). Total FoulsIndiana 28, Washington 21. TechnicalsIndiana Coach Vogel. A20,356 (20,308).

Jazz 106, Pelicans 94

UTAH (106): Hayward 8-16 6-6 24, Favors 11-19 6-6 28, Gobert 2-6 1-2 5, Mack 4-10 2-2 11, Hood 4-10 2-2 11, Neto 1-3 4-4 6, Booker 4-6 3-3 11, Ingles 2-5 0-0 5, Lyles 0-1 2-2 2, Johnson 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 37-78 26-27 106.

NEW ORLEANS (94): Cunningham 1-2 0-0 2, Davis 11-31 6-7 29, Asik 1-2 2-2 4, Cole 3-9 0-0 6, Gordon 3-4 0-0 7, Anderson 4-10 0-0 9, Holiday 9-22 1-1 22, Gee 2-2 0-1 4, Douglas 3-8 0-0 9, Perkins 1-2 0-0 2, Babbitt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-92 9-11 94.

Utah 29 22 33 22— 106

New Orleans 20 25 25 24— 94

3-Point GoalsUtah 6-20 (Hayward 2-7, Johnson 1-1, Mack 1-2, Ingles 1-4, Hood 1-5, Neto 0-1), New Orleans 9-19 (Douglas 3-4, Holiday 3-7, Gordon 1-1, Davis 1-2, Anderson 1-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsUtah 57 (Gobert 18), New Orleans 41 (Davis 11). AssistsUtah 23 (Ingles, Hayward, Mack 4), New Orleans 25 (Holiday 7). Total FoulsUtah 17, New Orleans 27. Flagrant Fouls—Douglas. A16,680 (16,867).

Knicks 102, Pistons 89

DETROIT (89): Harris 6-12 6-8 18, Morris 2-11 0-0 5, Drummond 10-20 1-3 21, Jackson 3-17 2-2 8, Caldwell-Pope 3-9 2-2 8, Harper 0-1 0-0 0, Bullock 3-6 0-0 8, Blake 5-8 0-0 13, Hilliard 1-4 0-0 2, Baynes 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 36-92 11-15 89.

NEW YORK (102): C.Anthony 11-19 1-2 24, Williams 3-8 4-5 10, Lopez 9-12 3-3 21, Calderon 2-5 2-2 7, Afflalo 9-12 1-2 20, Thomas 2-8 0-0 4, Galloway 0-3 3-4 3, O'Quinn 5-8 0-0 10, Grant 1-4 0-0 3, Vujacic 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-79 14-18 102.

Detroit 21 21 28 19— 89

New York 22 35 22 23— 102

3-Point GoalsDetroit 6-26 (Blake 3-5, Bullock 2-4, Morris 1-5, Harper 0-1, Hilliard 0-1, Caldwell-Pope 0-2, Harris 0-2, Jackson 0-6), New York 4-16 (Afflalo 1-2, Calderon 1-2, Grant 1-2, C.Anthony 1-4, Galloway 0-2, Williams 0-2, Thomas 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 49 (Drummond 16), New York 52 (C.Anthony 10). AssistsDetroit 13 (Jackson 6), New York 19 (C.Anthony 6). Total FoulsDetroit 21, New York 14. A19,812 (19,763).

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