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NBA: Cleveland 106, Indiana 97

Feb. 20, 2008 at 11:30 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- LeBron James' 31 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists Wednesday helped the Cleveland Cavaliers down the Indiana Pacers 106-97.

It was the second night in a row the five-year veteran registered a triple-double since he was the MVP at last Sunday's NBA All-Star Game.

He also became the first player in 20 years to have triple-doubles in back-to-back games twice in the same season.

The last player to accomplish the feat was the Lakers' Magic Johnson in 1988.

Larry Hughes scored 19 points and Drew Gooden had 17, while Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who beat the Pacers for a sixth straight time.

Indiana was led by Danny Granger's 30 points and eight rebounds.

Troy Murphy ended with 20 points and six rebounds. Jeff Foster had nine points and 15 rebounds, and Kareem Rush scored 12 for the Pacers, who suffered their third straight loss.

The winners sprinted away from a 95-94 lead with 4:23 left.

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