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James returns to form as Cavs beat ailing Spurs

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) – LeBron James rebounded from a poor performance a night earlier to record 30 points and 14 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the ailing San Antonio Spurs 97-86 on Friday.

In a blowout loss to the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Cleveland’s All-Star forward shot just 7-for-21 and went without an assist for the first time in his career.

But he started quickly with 15 first-quarter points against the Spurs on Friday and the Cavaliers broke the game open late to win for the sixth time in their last seven contests.

“I don’t take pride in me not having any assists. That’s not my game and I never want that to happen again,” James told reporters after recording four assists in Friday’s win.

“Tonight I was able to get my guys in the flow of the game and put us in the best position to win the ball game.”

Four San Antonio players scored 11 points, including Tony Parker, who shot just 3-for-16 from the field.

The French point guard has been carrying the load while San Antonio is without power forward Tim Duncan (quadriceps) and high-scoring guard Manu Ginobili (ankle).

James made a trio of three-pointers in a row midway through the third quarter before sitting out the fourth.

Delonte West added 17 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavs, who played their first game without Ben Wallace after he broke his right leg on Thursday.

“We just had to execute on both sides of the floor,” James said. “We knew we were playing a great team that executes on offense and defense and we wanted to try to do the same thing.”

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)