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NBA roundup: LeBron's big night rocks Knicks

Cleveland's LeBron James (23) celebrates with fans after hitting a 3-pointer Saturday.
Cleveland's LeBron James (23) celebrates with fans after hitting a 3-pointer Saturday.
Tony Dejak, Associated Press

CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 47 points, including 24 straight for Cleveland in the first half, and the Cavaliers held off the New York Knicks 113-106 on Saturday night for their 11th straight victory.

James, who historically has saved some of his best performances for the Knicks, set a franchise record with 35 points in the first half thanks to his remarkable streak. He finished one point shy of his season high while adding eight rebounds and eight assists.

He needed just 5:29 to score 24 straight — 16 in a row to end the first quarter and eight straight to start the second. He closed the first quarter with four 3-pointers in the final two minutes, including a pair from 32 feet in the final 37 seconds.

Nate Robinson, in his second start at point guard this season, had 26 points for New York. David Lee finished with 20 points.

Shaquille O'Neal scored 19 points for Cleveland, which is two shy of tying the franchise record for consecutive wins it set last season.

BULLS 95, HEAT 91: At Chicago, Luol Deng scored 25 points, Derrick Rose added 24 and Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak. Jermaine O'Neal tied season highs with 24 points and 16 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade added 20 points, but the Heat fell for the seventh time in eight games.

HORNETS 104, BOBCATS 99: At Charlotte, N.C., Darren Collison scored a career-high 24 points filling in for Chris Paul, David West added 21 points, and New Orleans gave Emeka Okafor a victory in his return to Charlotte.

Stephen Jackson scored 26 points for Charlotte, which has lost three straight.

TIMBERWOLVES 109, GRIZZLIES 102: At Minneapolis, Al Jefferson rallied Minnesota to its season-high fourth straight victory by scoring 16 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter. Rudy Gay finished with 27 points and eight rebounds for the Grizzlies.

76ERS 102, ROCKETS 95: At Houston, reserve Thaddeus Young scored 17 points, Willie Green added 15 and Philadelphia overcame a 13-point deficit to earn its fourth straight victory.Aaron Brooks scored 34 points for Houston.

BUCKS 93, PACERS 81: At Milwaukee, Andrew Bogut scored 21 points and Luc Mbah a Moute had 18 to lead Milwaukee to the victory. One night after departing in the first quarter against the New York Knicks with a migraine headache, Bogut dominated inside. He hit 9-of-15 shots and grabbed eight rebounds to help the Bucks win for the fifth time in six games.

PISTONS 99, NETS 92: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Jonas Jerebko scored 20 points on 9-for-9 shooting, and the Pistons snapped a five-game home losing streak. Richard Hamilton added 17 points for Detroit. Rodney Stuckey had 10 points and 11 assists. Devin Harris led New Jersey with 21 points, and Brook Lopez added 20.

LAKERS 99, TRAIL BLAZERS 82: At Portland, Ore., Lamar Odom replaced an injured Kobe Bryant and matched his career high with 22 rebounds, and the Lakers broke their nine-game losing streak at the Rose Garden. Bryant sat out with a sore left ankle. The 12-time All-Star and last year's NBA finals MVP had played in 235 straight games. Ron Artest added 21 points for the Lakers. LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 16 points.

SPURS 98, CLIPPERS 81: At Los Angeles, George Hill scored all of his 22 points in the first three quarters against a Clippers squad suddenly faced with yet another transitionary period, and San Antonio breezed to victory. Chris Kaman had 21 points and Eric Gordon added 20 in the Clippers' first game since Mike Dunleavy resigned as coach and was replaced on an interim basis by Kim Hughes.

THUNDER 104, WARRIORS 95: At Oakland, Calif., Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook added 21, and Oklahoma City won its fifth straight game. Jeff Green had 18 points for the Thunder, who matched their best winning streak this season. Westbrook added 10 assists, a career-high eight steals and seven rebounds. Corey Maggette scored 24 points to lead the Warriors.