LeBron makes point to Heat
CLEVELAND (AP) – LeBron James scored 36 points – 17 on free throws – and Daniel Gibson added 12 after returning from the hospital as the Cleveland Cavaliers ran their winning streak to 10 with a 102-84 win over Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Thursday night.
James started at point guard for Gibson and added eight assists and seven rebounds. A one-on-one showdown between superstars James and Wade never materialized as the Cavs controlled the game and attempted 36 free throws to 14 for Miami.
Wade finished with 24 points on 11 of 26 shooting and Michael Beasley had 21.
Gibson didn’t enter the game until the second half after joining his pregnant fiancee, singer Keyshia Cole, who was hospitalized for precautionary reasons. He made two 3-pointers in the fourth when the Cavs outscored the Heat 21-13.
Trail Blazers 96, Spurs 93
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 13 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied for a come-from-behind victory over San Antonio.
The Spurs led by 10 points early in the fourth quarter but the Blazers made it 85-83 on Nicolas Batum’s layup.
After Manu Ginobili hit a jumper for the Spurs, Martell Webster’s 3-pointer narrowed it to 87-86 with 3:38 left.
Aldridge hit a jumper with 2:54 left to give the Blazers the lead and Webster dropped another 3 to make it 91-87 with 22.9 seconds to go.
With the victory, Portland swept the three-game series over San Antonio this season. The Blazers have won their last five against the Spurs.