Cavs do homework, school Celts

The Baltimore Sun

After every three-pointer, every dunk and every block, LeBron James turned and glared at the Boston Celtics' bench. The message was clear: Not here.

James made five three-pointers and scored 29 points before dancing in his seat, and the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the NBA champions, 107-76, on Sunday to move within one win of matching the 1985-86 Celtics for the best home record in league history.

At 39-1, the Cavaliers can tie Boston's mark against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

Cleveland (65-15) led 31-9 after the first quarter, opened a 30-point lead in the second and turned a possible playoff preview into a rout. It was the Cavaliers' most lopsided win in 173 games against the Celtics.

Paul Pierce scored 14 and Glen Davis 12 for Boston (60-20), which was without Kevin Garnett and Leon Powe.

Heat 122, Knicks 105: : Dwyane Wade had one more argument for Most Valuable Player voters: the second-best scoring show in Miami history. Wade scored 55 points, one shy of the franchise record, and the host Heat (42-38) wrapped up the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Wade shot 19-for-30, set a career high with six three-pointers and nearly topped Glen Rice's record of 56 points before leaving with 1:06 remaining. Al Harrington and Wilson Chandler each scored 21 points for New York (31-50).

Hornets 102, Mavericks 92: : Chris Paul narrowly missed his seventh triple double with 31 points, 17 assists and nine rebounds, and host New Orleans (49-31) beat Dallas (48-32) to earn a split in a key home-and-home series. David West scored 31 to help New Orleans move a game ahead of Dallas for the sixth playoff seed in the Western Conference. Each team has two games left in the regular season. Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Mavericks, who had pulled even with New Orleans on Friday by beating the Hornets in Dallas.

Spurs 95, Kings 92: : Michael Finley's three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left counted despite his apparent shot-clock violation, and visiting San Antonio (52-28) came from behind to hand Sacramento (16-64) its eighth straight loss.

Raptors 111, 76ers 104: : Chris Bosh scored 22 points and Toronto (31-49) handed visiting Philadelphia (40-40) its season-high fifth straight loss.

Lakers 92, Grizzlies 75: : Andrew Bynum had 14 points and Pau Gasol 13 for host Los Angeles (64-17). Memphis fell to 23-57.

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