James scores 42, Heat pull away from Mavs 117-106

LeBron James scored a season-high 42 points and the Miami Heat tuned up for a showdown with Oklahoma City by beating the Dallas Mavericks 117-106 Tuesday night.

James, who had his first 40-point game of the season, scored the first eight points and 10 overall in a 14-0 run that put the Heat up 106-95 after they trailed by one entering the fourth quarter.

Miami came out of the All-Star break by winning for the sixth time in seven games heading into James' duel with Kevin Durant on Thursday night in Oklahoma City.

Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points to lead the Mavericks, who couldn't follow up a win over Indiana, the other top team in the Eastern Conference, in their final game before the break.

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