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NBA: Cleveland 111, Washington 98

Nov. 8, 2003 at 10:48 PM

CLEVELAND, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- LeBron James teamed with Darius Miles and DeSagana Diop to lift Cleveland to a 111-98 victory over Washington Satuday and end their five-game slide.

Friday's one-point loss in Indiana was a good sign, but Cleveland came in as one of two winless teams in the NBA.

James, a teenage rookie, had what is becoming his customary all-around solid game, collecting 17 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

The 6-9 Miles, taken third overall by the Los Angeles Clippers three years ago, scored a career-high 26 points on 12-of-21 shooting, adding seven assists. He had eight points in an 13-2 run that gave the Cavaliers a 94-80 advantage.

Diop, selected eighth overall by the Cavaliers in 2001, had five blocks.

Ricky Davis scored 26 points and Carlos Boozer added 19 for Cleveland, which gave Coach Paul Silas his first win with the club.

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