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UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James scored 30 points in his return to Miami yesterday, but Dwyane (dwayn) Wade scored 24 of his 31 points in the first half of the Heat's 101-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Russell Westbrook had a game-high 34 points and led the Oklahoma City Thunder with 11 assists in a 114-106 win at San Antonio. Jamal Crawford hit four 3-pointers and finished with 24 points and seven rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers past Golden State 100-86.

UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls moved closer to Eastern Conference lead by winning yesterday. John Wall's 24 points and 11 assists led the Wizards to a 102-91 triumph against the New York Knicks. The Bulls cruised to a 113-93 win over the Los Angeles Lakers as Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL') had 23 points and 13 rebounds against his old team.

NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland's LeBron James and Stephen Curry of Golden State are the leading vote-getters in the first returns from NBA All-Star fan voting. James had about 553,000 votes at the Eastern Conference frontcourt spot and Washington's John Wall was No. 1 among East guards in the results released today. Curry had more than 549,000 votes to lead second-place Kobe Bryant among West guards, while New Orleans' Anthony Davis had the most votes in the West frontcourt.

HONOLULU (AP) — Kethan Savage sparked a late rally and scored 12 points to lead unranked George Washington to a 60-54 upset over No. 11 Wichita State in the Diamond Head Classic title game at Honolulu. The Colonials trailed by seven with seven minutes left before Savage swatted away a pass and turned it into a layup. The 10-2 Shockers shot 34 percent from the floor and hit just one field goal over the last six minutes.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals practiced yesterday amid media reports that coach Bruce Arians has changed his mind and decided to start Ryan Lindley at quarterback Sunday against San Francisco. Arians had said that Logan Thomas would get his first NFL start against the 49ers but apparently didn't like what he saw in Wednesday's practice. Lindley worked with the No. 1 unit in the brief portion of Thursday's practice.

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