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LeBron scores 48, Varejao hits winning 3 for Cavs

LeBron scores 48, Varejao hits winning 3 for Cavs

Anderson Varejao made his first career 3-pointer with 17.2 seconds left to celebrate Cavaliers teammate LeBron James' 25th birthday and give Cleveland a 106-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday for their 11th victory in 12 games.
James scored a season-high 48 points with 10 rebounds for the Cavs, who won their sixth straight and 11th in a row at home.
With the score tied at 101 and the 24-second shot clock down to its final tick, the ball wound up in the hands of Varejao, who missed his first 18 career 3-pointers. But the frizzy-haired Brazilian stepped up and drilled his long shot before James rushed into his arms.
Joe Johnson scored 35 for the Hawks, who were held to just 37 points in the second half.
Suns 116, Celtics 98
At Phoenix, Amare Stoudemire and Channing Frye scored 26 points each as Phoenix handed what was left of Boston its third straight loss.
The Celtics were without injured Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the final stop of what turned out to be an awful four-game road trip.
Eddie House led the Celtics with 19 points, going 5 of 7 on 3s. Ray Allen managed 15 points of 4 of 13 shooting.
Magic 117, Bucks 92
At Orlando, Florida, Vince Carter overcame a hard collision to score 25 points and rally Orlando past Milwaukee.
Carter was thrust under the courtside seats on a hard hit by Ersan Ilyasova late in the third quarter that gave Orlando a brief scare. The Magic's star shooting guard shook off the pain and never exited, igniting a 17-2 run that helped them pull away.
Dwight Howard had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Jason Williams added 16 points to help Orlando rebound from its Christmas Day loss to Boston.
Brandon Jennings had 20 points, and Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who lost for the seventh time in their last eight games.
Raptors 107, Bobcats 103
At Toronto, Chris Bosh had 33 points and 13 rebounds, and Andrea Bargnani matched his season high with 28 points as Toronto beat Charlotte for its season-high fifth straight victory.
Marco Belinelli scored 13 points and rookie DeMar DeRozan had 10 as Toronto avenged its worst defeat of the season, a 116-81 loss at Charlotte on Nov. 25 _ the biggest margin of victory in Bobcats history.
Stephen Jackson scored 30 points and Raymond Felton had 23 for the Bobcats, who are 1-14 on the road, the second-worst mark in the NBA.
Hornets 95, Heat 91
At New Orleans, David West scored six of his 21 points in the last 55 seconds as New Orleans held on to beat Miami.
Chris Paul had 18 points and nine assists, and Emeka Okafor had 15 points, 14 rebounds and a key block on Udonis Haslem in the final 30 seconds, helping the Hornets end a two-game skid and snap Miami's three-game winning streak.
Dwyane Wade scored 22 for the Heat, which trailed by 15 early in the fourth quarter but led 88-87 when Quentin Richardson tipped in Wade's missed jumper with 59 seconds to go.
Nets 104, Knicks 95
At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Brook Lopez had 21 points and 14 rebounds as New Jersey posted a rare victory to snap a 10-game losing streak with a blowout of New York.
Yi Jianlian added 22 points, Chris Douglas-Roberts had 17 and Devin Harris had 17, eight assists and seven rebounds as New Jersey (3-29) ended its second double-digit losing streak of the season.
The Nets set an NBA record opening the season with 18 straight losses.
Reserve Al Harrington scored 25 to lead the Knicks, while David Lee added 24 points and 15 rebounds.
Grizzlies 121, Pacers 110
At Indianapolis, Rudy Gay scored 31 points to lead Memphis over Indiana, the Pacers' eighth straight loss.
Zach Randolph had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 21 points and 10 boards for the Grizzlies.
Former Pacer Jamaal Tinsley scored three points in 15 minutes for Memphis. It was his first game in Indiana since the Pacers waived him this past summer.
Luther Head tied a career high with 30 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, and Roy Hibbert added a career-best 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers.
Jazz 107, Timberwolves 103
At Minneapolis, Deron Williams had 21 points and a career-high 12 rebounds as Utah avoided an embarrassing third consecutive loss to lowly Minnesota.
The Timberwolves trailed by 17 with 4:30 remaining, but cut the deficit to three after a pair of 3-pointers by Kevin Love with about 35 seconds left.
Mehmet Okur missed a 3-pointer on the Jazz's ensuing possession, but Carlos Boozer secured the offensive rebound and Williams made two of four free throws down the stretch to secure the win.


Updated : 2021-07-31 11:54 GMT+08:00