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LeBron James scored 41 points, and Donyell Marshall added a season-high 25 to help the Cleveland Cavaliers hold off Miami 115-107 on Saturday night.
The Cavaliers have won two straight games coming off a stretch where they lost seven of nine games. James added 10 assists, five rebounds and was 12-of-13 from the foul line in the win, but the Cavaliers lost Drew Gooden with a sprained ankle in the first half. He left the game and didn’t return after landing awkwardly on Shaquille O’Neal’s boot. Cleveland’s Zydrunas Ilgauskas lay sprawled out on the floor his hands over his head with 55.7 seconds left after colliding with Wade’s shoulder on a lose ball for his sixth foul. Coach Mike Brown ran out and called for a trainer and a few minutes later Ilgauskas walked off the court on his own with a large bruise over his right eye.
Larry Hughes added 20 points for the Cavaliers, who led by 20 points after three quarters against a sluggish Miami defense. Miami was playing its fourth game in five nights, but Riley felt his team would not have stopped James no matter what. He’s like a freight train with Dwyane Wade’s speed,” Riley said. Wade led the Heat with 33 points and had seven assists and Alonzo Mourning chipped in with 14 points, six assists and three blocks.
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