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                   === James drops 43 on Cavs as Heat win ===
 
 Cleveland,  OH  (SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron  James' sixth return to Cleveland
 began with a bang. He seemingly couldn't miss.
 
 James  scored  25 of  his 43  points in the  first quarter  and the Miami Heat
 defeated the Kyrie Irving-less Cleveland Cavaliers 100-96 on Tuesday.
 
 James  nailed  his first four 3-point  attempts and scored 16 points before he
 even  missed a  shot. He was 10-of-11  from the floor and knocked down five of
 his six tries from beyond the arc in the opening quarter.
 
 "When  we  started the game  off, I felt  like I could have  went for 50 or 60
 points. I was just in one of those zones," James said.
 
 James  finished with  31 points in the  first half and 14-of-19 from the field
 for the game to go with six rebounds, four assists and three blocks for Miami,
 which has won two in a row on the heels of a 1-5 stretch.
 
 Chris Bosh had 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Heat.
 
 Dion  Waiters provided 17 points and 11 assists for the Cavs, who have dropped
 six of their last eight games.
 
 "Our  guys  hung in there and  they competed," Cleveland head coach Mike Brown
 said.
 
 The game was tied 88-88 with 3:43 left before Bosh hit a 3-pointer and dropped
 in a floater to put Miami up 93-88. Anderson Varejao then drove in for a layup
 at  the other end, but James sunk two foul shots to make it 95-90 with 1:06 to
 go.
 
 Waiters  was unable to connect on a triple and then missed a layup before Bosh
 split a pair of free throws with 25.2 ticks remaining.
 
 Jarrett Jack, who led Cleveland with 22 points, hit a three, but James knocked
 down all four of his bonus attempts to seal the outcome.
 
 James'  monstrous start  staked the  Heat  to a  37-25 cushion,  but the  Cavs
 outscored  them  29-22 in the  second quarter to  whittle the deficit to 59-54
 heading into the break.
 
 The game was knotted at 79-79 going into the fourth.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Miami's  Dwyane  Wade sat  out to  rest his  knees. The  Heat improved to 11-5
 without  him in  the lineup this season  ... The Heat tallied 26 points off 20
 Cleveland turnovers.
 
 
 
 03/19 00:22:39 ET