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scored 43 points---25 in a bewil-
dering first-quarter shooting dis-
play---and Chris Bosh added 21 to
lead the Miami Heat to a 100-96
win Tuesday over the Cleveland
Cavaliers, who played their first
game without injured All-Star
guard Kyrie Irving.
James added two crucial blocks
and made six free throws in the
final two minutes and Bosh added
a key rejection to lead the Heat to
just their third win in eight games.
Miami's Dwyane Wade sat out
resting his knees, but the Heat's
two other megastars put away the
Jarrett Jack scored 22 and Dion
Waiters added 17 and 11 assists for
Cleveland, which was also without
forward Luol Deng (sprained ankle).
Atlanta's Jeff Teague equaled his
career best with 34 points and Paul
Millsap had the first triple-double
of his career as the Hawks extended
their longest winning streak of the
season to five in a row with a 118-
113 overtime win over the Toronto
Millsap had 19 points, 13 rebounds
and 10 assists to lead the Hawks,
who have bounced back after losing
14 of 15 to strengthen their hold on
the final playoff spot in the East.
The Hawks overcame an early 13-
point deficit in a game that went
back and forth in the final quarter.
At Sacramento, California, Isaiah
Thomas had his first career triple
double with 24 points, 11 rebounds
and ten assists to help the Kings
beat the Washington Wizards 117-
111 in overtime.
DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay
each added 24 points for the Kings.
Bradley Beal had 19 points and
Marcin Gortat had 19 points and
14 rebounds for the Wizards. Drew
Gooden scored 18 points and John
Wall had 14 before fouling out in
In other games, the Portland Trail
Blazers edged the Milwaukee Bucks
120-115 Wesley Matthews had 26
points, including a key 3-pointer in
overtime, while Stephen Curry had
23 points and five assists to lead
Golden State Warriors over the
Orlando Magic 103-89.
KIEV---Ukraine pulled out of hosting next year's
European basketball championship yesterday,
citing political uncertainty over Russia's annex-
ation of Crimea and serious financial pressures.
Organising committee head Markiyan Lubkivsky
said he "cannot imagine how to carry out prepa-
rations in the current severe economic and political
Ukraine was awarded the biennial 24-team
championship in December 2011. The tournament
would have been played in five Ukrainian cities.
France has offered to replace Ukraine as host.
Ukraine now hopes to host the tournament in
"It would be fair as we have already done a lot
of preparation (and) started to construct the arenas
that might be unfinished," Lubkivsky said..
The decision to relinquish the 2015 tournament
came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin
signed a treaty to incorporate Crimea into Russia.
That followed a referendum Sunday in which res-
idents of the region overwhelmingly backed the
Lubkivsky condemned "the aggression of Russia
toward Ukraine that has caused instability and
threatens the security of southeastern regions of
"This situation demands for Ukraine to review
our priorities and concentrate financial and political
resources for saving (the) territorial integrity and
even independence," he said.
Lubkivsky also cited the country's financial crisis
and difficulties in meeting commitments to build
arenas in the host cities of Kiev, Donetsk, Lviv,
Odessa, Kharkiv and Dniprpetrovsk.
ketball will receive no
funding in the run-up to
the Rio de Janeiro
Olympics in 2016 after
having an appeal reject-
ed by the body that dis-
tributes government and
lottery cash to Olympics
The withdrawal of
funding for synchronised
swimming and water
polo also remains.
Weightlifting had nearly
900,000 pounds ($1.5
UK Sport announced
in February that it was
pulling the 7 million
pounds ($11.6 million) it
had allocated basketball
for the four years up to
the Rio Olympics.
Roger Moreland, per-
formance chairman for
British Basketball, says
the sport has a "grass-
roots base bigger than
any other British
Olympic team sport" and
that Britain's "funding
system ... for elite sport
cannot be working to the
best of its ability if it can
leave sports like basket-
Ukraine gives up 2015
Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) drives around Cleveland
Cavaliers' Spencer Hawes (32) during the first quarter of an
NBA basketball game Tuesday, in Cleveland. (AP PHOTO)
LeBron's 43 leads
Heat over Cavaliers
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