NBA: LeBron James' season-high 42 points spark Heat to victory over Mavericks
DALLAS (AFP) - LeBron James scored a season-high 42 points and sparked a late run that secured reigning National Basketball Association champions Miami Heat's 117-106 victory against Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.
The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player connected on 16-of-23 shots from the field, including 4-of-8 from three-point range, and added nine rebounds and six assists for Miami.
Vince Carter's free throw with 7min 47sec remaining gave the Mavericks a 95-92 lead but the Heat scored the next 14 points to seize command.
James opened the run with back-to-back three-pointers, added a basket and two free throws for 10 points in the run and Dallas came no closer than eight points the rest of the way.