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CLEVE­LAND >> The play is called “Chicago,” named af­ter a game-win­ning shot LeBron James made in the play­offs to beat the Bulls.

It worked like a charm again in Cleve­land.

James drained a 3-pointer with 15 sec­onds left and fin­ished with 32 points as the Cava­liers tied a fran­chise record with their 13th straight win, 101-95 over the Sacra­mento Kings on Wed­nes­day.

James, who changed his sneak­ers three times, also had 11 re­bounds and nine as­sists, help­ing the Cavs rally from a 14-point deficit in the third quar­ter to re­main un­beaten since Nov. 11. His de­ci­sive 3-pointer in the fi­nal minute over JaKarr Samp­son came af­ter James went to the bench dur­ing a time­out and told coach Ty­ronn Lue to run a play for him.

“Was go­ing to run a dif­fer­ent play and then ’Bron said, ‘I want Chicago.’ So I said, ‘OK,’ ” Lue said. “We got it to him and he made a big shot.”

Af­ter catching the in­bounds pass, James took a drib­ble to his left and then stepped behind the line and knocked down his fifth 3-pointer.

“It felt good,” said James, who fin­ished 12 of 18 from the floor. “I was able to get the laces where I wanted them and I got enough space, I cre­ated enough space with the step-back away from JaKarr and I was able to let it go. It felt good the whole time.”

Cleve­land, which also won 13 straight in the 200809 and 2009-10 sea­sons, will try to break the team record Fri­day at In­di­ana.

This one wasn’t easy. The Kings gave the Cavs ev­ery­thing they had, but couldn’t con­tain James. That’s been the case for nearly ev­ery team that has faced the three-time cham­pion, who is shooting with a con­fi­dence rarely seen in his ca­reer.

“He’s amaz­ing,” said Kyle Korver, who opened the fourth quar­ter with three straight 3-point­ers to give Cleve­land the lead. “He’s just de­mand­ing the ball. He’s like, ‘Give me the ball, we’re about to win.’ And, I’ve been around some guys who’ve had amaz­ing years. I’ve been play­ing with him and Der­rick (Rose) when he was MVP. Allen Iver­son when I was young.

“But he’s taken this to a whole new level. It’s amaz­ing to have a bet­ter than a front-row seat, be­cause I’m usu­ally on the court next to him some­where. I’m glad he’s on my team.”

While Cleve­land’s win streak is im­pres­sive, James said he won’t con­sider any­thing spe­cial un­til the Cavs nearly dou­ble it.

“Twenty-five,” he said when asked where the streak needs to get to be­fore be­com­ing sig­nif­i­cant. “Be­cause you’re get­ting close to 33 (Lak­ers 1971-72), that’s the all-time record. We ain’t nowhere near close. We got close in Mi­ami. We got to 27 and lost to Chicago.”

War­riors 101, Hor­nets 87

CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. >> Kevin Du­rant had 35 points, 11 re­bounds and 10 as­sists, and Golden State beat Char­lotte with­out Stephen Curry and Dray­mond Green.

It was Du­rant’s first triple-dou­ble of the sea­son and his sec­ond since joining the War­riors be­fore last sea­son.

Curry will be side­lined for about two weeks with a sprained an­kle, while Green is nurs­ing a sore shoul­der.

Celtics 97, Mav­er­icks 90

BOS­TON >> Kyrie Irv­ing scored 23 points and Jayson Ta­tum had 17 points and 10 re­bounds, help­ing shorthanded Bos­ton to its fourth straight vic­tory.

Al Hor­ford added 17 points, eight re­bounds and eight as­sists for Bos­ton, which played with­out Jaylen Brown and Mar­cus Mor­ris. Brown sat with an in­flamed right eye, while Mor­ris was out due to left knee sore­ness.

Spurs 117, Heat 105

SAN AN­TO­NIO >> LaMar­cus Aldridge scored 18 points, lead­ing San An­to­nio to its sixth win in seven games with a vic­tory over Mi­ami.

The Spurs shot 52.9 per­cent from the field and had seven players score in dou­ble fig­ures. Bryn Forbes had 17 points, and Rudy Gay fin­ished with 16 in San An­to­nio’s eighth straight win over Mi­ami.

Pel­i­cans 123, Nuggets 114

NEW OR­LEANS >> DeMar­cus Cousins had 40 points, 22 re­bounds and four blocks, and New Or­leans won for the sec­ond time in three games with­out An­thony Davis, who missed his third straight game with a strained left ad­duc­tor.

Knicks 99, Griz­zlies 88

NEW YORK >> Court­ney Lee scored 24 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 18 af­ter a slow start in his re­turn to the lineup, help­ing New York de­feat Mem­phis.

Porzingis came back from his sprained right an­kle and ill­ness.

Magic 110, Hawks 106, OT

OR­LANDO, FLA. >> Evan Fournier scored 27 points be­fore de­part­ing with a right an­kle in­jury, and Or­lando ral­lied for the over­time win. Cleve­land’s Isa­iah Thomas played four-on-four with other Cav­a­lier players and coaches on Wed­nes­day, a sig­nif­i­cant step in his re­cov­ery from a hip in­jury.


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