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Richardson, who scored only two points in the first half, had the first eight in a 10-0 run that put Phoenix ahead 74-66 on Shaquille O'Neal's inside basket with 8:34 left in the third quarter.
But Wally Szczerbiak sank a pair of 3s in an 8-0 Cleveland surge that cut it to 84-83 with 2:37 to go in the period. Moments later, James crashed to the floor after running into Hill on a layup drive. He held his left knee but got to his feet, flexed the knee a few times, and stayed in the game.
Phoenix led 93-89 entering the fourth quarter on Hill's lob pass from out of bounds to Barnes for a layup with 1.5 seconds left in the third.
Notes: O'Neal fouled out. ... Suns coach Alvin Gentry used 11 players in the first half. ... Cleveland improved to 21-4 against the West. ... One more Cleveland victory or Detroit loss clinches the Central Division title for the Cavs. ... The Suns shot 55 percent in the first half against a Cleveland team that leads the NBA in defensive field goal percentage (.429).
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