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James 47, Wade 44: Cavs outduel Heat

By wire services
Published April 2, 2006


CLEVELAND - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade even impressed each other.

The two young stars put on a show of dazzling dunks, drives and playoff-caliber hustle that awed fans, their teammates and a coach who witnessed the legendary battles between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

"People got a view of absolute greatness," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "It's absolutely beyond description. I haven't seen players do that in a long, long time."

James scored 47 points and posted his 10th career triple-double, outdoing Wade and leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh straight win, 106-99 over the Miami Heat on Saturday.

"It's probably the best matchup I've been in," said Wade, who finished with a season-high 44 points.

"It was great for the game. It was two young guys trying to propel their teams to a win. I had fun. I know he had fun."

Cleveland started out flat and trailed for most of the second half as James and Wade dueled to the delight of the sold-out crowd.

Each time the Cavaliers got close, Wade would hit a jumper or make a highlight-reel drive to the rim for the Heat, who were without Shaquille O'Neal.

James finally put Cleveland up for good, 101-99, on a slam with 1 minute, 13 seconds remaining that left Shandon Anderson, who was looking for an offensive foul, shaking his head.

Dumars, Auriemma also headed to Hall of Fame

Joe Dumars, a steady presence on two NBA championship teams during a 14-year career with the Detroit Pistons, has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Associated Press reported.

Connecticut women's coach Geno Auriemma also was elected to the hall in his first year of eligibility, according to the AP. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported earlier that former Hawks star Dominique Wilkins will also be inducted.

Other finalists are Charles Barkley; Adrian Dantley; Ralph Sampson; Big East founder Dave Gavitt; former Purdue coach Gene Keady; Dick Vitale; seven-time NBA all-star Chet Walker; Dallas GM and coach Don Nelson; longtime WNBA coach Van Chancellor; former Spanish coach Pedro Ferrandiz; former Italian player/coach Sandro Gamba; John Isaacs, who played for the first all-black National Basketball League team in 1949; and the late Ben Kerner, who owned the St. Louis Hawks.

TODAY ON TV/RADIO: Suns at Pistons, 1, Ch. 28, 1470-AM; Rockets at Lakers, 3:30, Ch. 28.