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Published: Sunday, 11/15/2009

Cavaliers hold off Jazz


CLEVELAND - LeBron James' three-point play with 28 seconds remaining lifted the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers to a 107-103 victory against the Utah Jazz last night.

James was 6 of 15 from the floor but finished with 21 points, six rebounds, and nine assists. Cleveland (7-3) has won four straight.

Shaquille O'Neal missed the game with a strained shoulder.

James' basket and foul shot gave Cleveland a 103-101 lead. He made 4 of 6 free throws in the final seconds to clinch the win.

J.J. Hickson set a career high with 20 points, and Mo Williams added 21 for Cleveland.

Carlos Boozer scored 25 points for Utah (4-6), which dressed just nine players for the second straight game. The Jazz were without starting point guard Deron Williams, who missed his second game while dealing with a medical issue regarding his daughter.

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan doesn't know when Williams will rejoin the team. Utah's next game is Wednesday at home against Toronto.

Hickson, who has started the last four games at forward for Cleveland, scored a career-high 18 points against Miami on Thursday. He surpassed that last night with a mixture of dunks, tip-ins, and open looks under the basket.

Cleveland opened a 14-point lead at the end of the first quarter and led most of the night. Utah didn't take its first lead until Boozer connected on a pair of free throws with 1:56 remaining.

Eric Maynor, starting for Utah in place of Williams, scored a career-high 24 points. Okur, Wesley Matthews, and Andrei Kirilenko each added 13 for the Jazz.

It was Cleveland's fourth straight win against Utah.

In addition to O'Neal, the Cavaliers were playing without Delonte West, who missed his third straight game. West has been in and out of the lineup while dealing with personal issues.

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