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Posted on: Monday, January 11, 2010

LeBron helps shoo off Blazers


Associated Press

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Cleveland's LeBron James had 41 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

DON RYAN | Associated Press

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PORTLAND, Ore. LeBron James doesn't even stumble wearing two different shoes.

James, sporting one blue shoe and one orange shoe to go with Cleveland's retro uniforms, had 41 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a 106-94 victory over the late-charging Portland Trail Blazers last night.

James, who scored 31 points in the first half, said it was the first time he'd worn two different shoes.

"And it won't be the last," he joked.

Shaquille O'Neal had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who won their sixth straight against Portland.

Brandon Roy scored 34 points for the Blazers, who trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half but rallied late, closing to 76-74 on two consecutive 3-pointers from Martell Webster and Andre Miller's layup.

Portland didn't get any closer until Roy's 3-pointer with 6:55 left tied it at 87.

After the teams traded free throws, Anderson Varejao hit a layup to give the Cavaliers back the lead at 91-89. Mo William's 3-pointer extended it to 95-89, and after a couple of costly Blazers turnovers, Jawad Williams hit a 3-pointer to stretch it to 98-89 with 2:58 left and Cleveland led the rest of the way.

James finished 13 of 19 from the field, and made 12 of 14 free-throw attempts.

"I just wanted to be aggressive," he said. "You have to be that way in order to get road wins."

Celtics 114, Raptors 107: Rajon Rondo had 22 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season, and Rasheed Wallace scored a season-high 29 points in Boston's seventh straight win over host Toronto. Chris Bosh had 31 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors.

LAKERS 95, BUCKS 77: Andrew Bynum had 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, helping host Los Angeles avoid its first three-game losing streak in nearly two years. Reserve Hakim Warrick scored a team-high 14 points for Milwaukee, which lost starting guard Michael Redd to a sore left knee after going scoreless in nearly 12 minutes.

HORNETS 115, WIZARDS 110: Chris Paul had 14 assists and scored eight of his 26 points in the final three minutes as New Orleans beat host Washington for its sixth straight victory. Antawn Jamison tied his season-high with 32 points to lead the Wizards.

Spurs 97, Nets 85: Manu Ginobili scored 21 points and host San Antonio sent New Jersey to its 34th loss in 37 games this season. Brook Lopez scored 28 points for the Nets.

Clippers 94, Heat 84: Chris Kaman had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Baron Davis had 11 points and 14 assists, and Los Angeles won its sixth straight home game. Dwyane Wade scored 24 points for Miami.