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NBA: Cleveland 100, Atlanta 95

Feb. 8, 2008 at 11:21 PM

ATLANTA, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- LeBron James scored 26 points and claimed 11 rebounds Friday and Cleveland held off Atlanta for a 100-95 win.

James came within three assists of a triple-double in carrying the Cavaliers to their third victory in four games.

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Cleveland played without Daniel Gibson (strained right hamstring) and Drew Gooden (strained right groin). The Cavaliers also lost Larry Hughes in the fourth quarter to a toe injury.

Ira Newble added 18 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 17 for the Cavaliers, who built as much as a 14-point advantage in the third period.

Atlanta opened the fourth quarter with a 16-4 run to take a one-point lead. With the score tied at 89-89, Damon Jones scored on a layup to start 7-2 Cleveland rush that gave the Cavaliers a 96-91 lead with a minute to play.

Atlanta was led by 23 points from Joe Johnson. The Hawks had won their previous three games.

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