LeBron James scored 25 points and added 12
assists but the biggest gift he got on Christmas was some offensive
and defensive help in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 96-82 win over the
Drew Gooden scored 18, Daniel Gibson added 16 and Cleveland's
defense arrived in time for the holiday.
James outshined fellow superstar Dwyane Wade, who scored 22
points but didn't make his first field goal of the second half
until there was 4 minutes left. By then, the Cavs were already up
by 12 points and they went on to win for just the fourth time in
their last 14 games.
Anderson Varejao scored 15 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas
(zih-DROO'-nuhs ihl-GOWS'-kuhs) added 13 for Cleveland in its most
balanced games this season.
Besides Wade's 22, Ricky Davis had 15 and Shaquille (shah-KEEL')
O'Neal added 13 for the Heat.