NBA: Cavs Win as James Gets a Rest

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NBA: Cavs Win as James Gets a Rest


Kyrie Irving scored 33 points and made a key steal in the closing seconds, leading the host Cleveland Cavaliers without resting LeBron James to a 99-98 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

James was given the night off by coach Tyronn Lue as part of his plans to keep Cleveland's starters fresh for the playoffs. The Cavs hardly missed their star until the Mavericks stormed back from an 18- point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Dallas had several chances to take the lead, but the Mavericks missed two open 3-pointers and had a costly turnover before Irving swiped a pass intended for Dirk Nowitzki with 2.9 seconds left. Irving was fouled and made two free throws before Dallas' Deron Williams hit a 3-pointer at the final horn to conclude a frenzied finish.

Kevin Love had 23 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavs, who are 4- 12 in games without James over the past two seasons.

Nowitzki and David Lee scored 20 apiece for the Mavericks, losers of six of seven. Dallas came in tied with Houston for the seventh playoff spot in the Western Conference. J.J. Barea scored 17 points and fueled the Mavericks' comeback in the fourth.

The Cavs used a pit stop at home to give James a break. Cleveland just returned from a four-game trip out West and the Cavs will hit the road again later this week to play Orlando and Miami.

Wizards beat Bulls, Rose * Finally playing as if their chance at a playoff berth was on the line, which it is, the Washington Wizards picked up their second consecutive lopsided victory over a team just ahead of them in the standings, beating Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls 117-96 behind John Wall's triple-double Wednesday night. …

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