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James made mid-range jumpers, driving layups and came up with another of those did-he-really-do-that? moments on an alley-oop dunk midway through the period. Cutting along the baseline, he jumped and grabbed a pass from Williams that was just above the backboard square and slammed it home.
James and Artest exchanged a few high elbows, choice words and menacing stares during the period. They also got into it in the final seconds, when Artest was whistled for a technical after shoving James down.
Yao played just 10 minutes in the first half because of foul trouble and was on the floor for less than a minute in the third quarter before picking up his fourth foul and having to sit back down.
Notes: Cleveland G Delonte West went to the locker room in the third quarter with back spasms. He returned to the floor in the fourth. ... Cavs coach Mike Brown was pleased to hear James say he will consider signing an extension with Cleveland following this season, one year before he's eligible for free agency. "I hope everybody in that locker room is happy with what we've been doing," Brown said. "Our goal is to make this organization the best it can possibly be for everybody." ... In '95-96, the Bulls won their first 37 in a row at home and the Magic 33 straight.
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