Forward LeBron James came near landing a triple-triple as he led the Miami Heat to a 114-107 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on the weekend.

With the victory, the NBA defending champs are now 17-6 for the season and are in the top slot of the Southeastern Division of the Eastern Conference.

James took charge of the Heat attack in his 41 minutes of playing time, tallying 25 points, grabbing nine rebounds and providing nine assists.

He was aided by guard Dwyane Wade, who put up 24 points, while center Chris Bosh got a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

The Cavaliers (9-14), who are in fourth place in the conference's Central Division, relied upon the services of point guard Kyrie Irving, who scored 19.

Power forward Tristan Thompson and reserve guard Dion Waiters each added 16 points and Brazilian reserve center Anderson Varejao chalked up six.

Varejao played for 31 minutes, sank two of five shots from the field and two of four from the free throw line, not to mention snagging eight rebounds, providing four assists and contributing one blocked shot. EFE