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James carries Cavaliers to win

March 13, 2009|Associated Press

PHOENIX — LeBron James got his third consecutive triple-double and a long-sought first win in Phoenix.

James had 34 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers won a road game against the Suns for the first time in a decade, 119-111, on Thursday night.

US Airways Center was the only building in the NBA where James hadn't won. He was 0 for 5 here, not counting this year's All-Star game loss, coming into Thursday night's contest.

Mo Williams, who scored a career-high 44 points the first time the teams met this season, added 30 for Cleveland, including six three-point shots.

Matt Barnes scored 21 points and Steve Nash 20 as the Suns extended their losing streak to six games, their longest in six seasons.

James got the triple-double with a rebound with 2.8 seconds to play.

Sasha Pavlovic scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, including three three-pointers. Cleveland made a season-best 17 threes in 33 attempts to win for the eighth time in nine games and improve to 13-2 since Jan. 30.

The Cavaliers, 2-0 on a three-game Western swing, won their franchise-record 23rd road game, surpassing the 22 they had in 1991-92. Phoenix fell six games behind Dallas for the final playoff berth in the West.

Cleveland took control of the intense contest with a late 10-2 run after Grant Hill's three-point play cut the Cavaliers' lead to 101-100 with 7:04 remaining.

Williams hit a running seven-footer and a three-pointer and James sank a 20-footer in the surge. James capped it with two free throws that made it 111-102 with 3:45 left.

Nash's three-pointer cut it to 113-109 with 2:11 remaining, but Williams sank another three, James added two free throws, and the Suns were finished.

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