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James powers Cavs past Hawks despite fan's laser

ATLANTA (AP) -- LeBron James didn't appreciate a fan's attempt to
disrupt his concentration with a laser pointer.

So he took out his frustration on the bumbling Atlanta Hawks.

"Those things can damage your eyes something bad," James said.
"I was standing at the foul line in the fourth quarter when the
ref noticed a red dot near my forehead. That's pretty serious."

James had 38 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the
Cleveland Cavaliers won their third straight game, 106-97 on
Wednesday night.

An Atlanta police officer, who declined to give his name, said
law enforcement was unable to find or identify anyone shining a
laser pointer from the end zone near the Hawks' bench.

James added that this game was the first in his three-year
career that a fan used a laser light against him.

"They're like those things guys used in high school," James
said. "I hope it's the last we see of them."

The Cavaliers were winning 94-93 with 3:17 left when Donyell
Marshall hit a 3-pointer that started a 12-4 run that ended the
game. Marshall, who buried another 3 with 58.1 seconds remaining
for a 104-95 lead, also complained to the officiating crew about
the laser light as he stood at the foul line with 9:49 remaining.

"They were more when we were shooting our free throws,"
Marshall said. "I couldn't really tell when I was shooting my jump
shots."

James, the NBA's third-leading scorer, hit 15 of 20 free-throw
attempts, compared to 16 of 22 for the Hawks. He scored on
consecutive possessions early in the fourth, the second of which
came on a 3-pointer from the top of the key for a 92-86 lead.

"Coming off a back-to-back, with a big win last night against
Indiana, it would have been easy for us to not bring intensity,"
James said. "Early on, our team didn't have intensity. I saw that
and I had to pretty much take over matters. I've been able to take
my team on my back."

Joe Johnson scored 24 points and Al Harrington added 22 for the
Hawks, who have lost seven of their last nine.

Johnson committed three of his four turnovers in the fourth
quarter. Harrington had one in the third.

"In a close game like this, you're battling and you can't
afford turnovers and allow them to score," Harrington said. "When
they were shooting free throws, we were taking jump shots. It
doesn't work that way. You've got to attack the basket."

Atlanta's biggest lead, 30-18, came on two free throws by Zaza
Pachulia late in the first, but the Hawks couldn't hold a 73-63
advantage after Harrington hit a long jumper at the 4:54 mark of
the third and a 21-footer 31 seconds later.

"In the third quarter, everything was smooth," Atlanta coach
Mike Woodson said. "We were moving the basketball. We got good
shots and we came out of the quarter up by six. Then in the fourth
quarter, we got complacent and wouldn't move the basketball, and
that resulted in some key turnovers that they capitalized on. That
was the difference in the game."

Cavs forward Drew Gooden finished with 14 rebounds.

Cleveland outscored Atlanta 23-8 on fastbreak points, including
a layup by James that cut the Hawks' lead to 82-80 with 10:25 left
in the game.

James had two of his three steals in the fourth.

Each of Marshall's four field goals was a 3-pointer. He
attempted six shots beyond the arc, eight overall.

"I'm never satisfied," Marshall said. "I think I'm hard on
myself. I get yelled at from my teammates a lot when I miss a shot
or two. I'm yelling at myself, no matter if we win or lose. Right
now, I'm not happy. I think I can shoot a lot better than what my
percentage is showing.

Game notes
Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 16 of his 18 points in the first
half for Cleveland, which improved to 8-1 in its last nine meetings
with Atlanta, including four straight wins at Philips Arena. ...
The Cavs entered with a league-best .417 opponents' field-goal
percentage since Jan. 15, but the Hawks shot 50.7 percent. ... Eric
Snow had a game-high eight assists for Cleveland.